Saul G. Jacchieri

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The physiological functions of the cellular prion protein, PrP(C), as a cell surface pleiotropic receptor are under debate. We report that PrP(C) interacts with vitronectin but not with fibronectin or collagen. The binding sites mediating this PrP(C)-vitronectin interaction were mapped to residues 105-119 of PrP(C) and the residues 307-320 of vitronectin.(More)
In order to predict the binding regions within the complex formed by Toll-like receptor 5 (TLR-5) and flagellin, a complementary hydropathy between the two proteins was sought. A region common to the flagellins of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Listeria monocytogenes was shown to be hydropathically complementary to the(More)
A systematic analysis of the peptide sequences and lengths of several homologues of bioactive peptides and of a number of quenched-fluorescence (qf) opioid- and bradykinin-related peptides was performed to determine the main features leading the oligopeptides to hydrolysis by the recombinant rat testis thimet oligopeptidase (EC 3.4.24.15). The results(More)
In this report, we present a hypothesis on the mechanism used by interstitial collagenases to cleave their natural substrate, interstitial collagens. The hypothesis is based on the assumption that the proline hinge domain of interstitial collagenase adopts a collagen-like conformation. With a collagen-like domain, the enzyme is able to disturb the(More)
In order to study the correlation between secondary structure and bioaffinity of long and modified sequences of p24 protein from HIV-1, three peptides containing the minimal size epitope from region 208–217 (EAAEWDRVHP) were prepared. It was found that peptide p24-1n, an elongated native sequence, has the lowest KD and a predominant α-helix structure in the(More)
The specificity of thimet oligopeptidase (EC 3.4.24.15) (TOP 24.15) does not agree with theoretical models devised to explain the specificity characteristic of peptidases toward certain sequences of amino acid residues. According to previous studies peptide chains hydrolyzed by TOP 24.15 adopt similar main chain conformations, although with different and in(More)
Various procedures are employed to relate the structural tendencies of polypeptide chain fragments to amino acid residues that in general have low background frequencies. A numerical evaluation of the content of these amino acids, named amino acid diversity, is defined. Distributions of the amino acid diversity parameter in databases containing exons,(More)
A conformational analysis including three polypeptide chains known to be amyloidogenic and neurotoxic has shown the occurrence of low probability hydrophobic beta-strands stabilized by intramolecular interactions. It is argued that by engaging in non-bonded and hydrophobic interactions these beta-strands seed the assembly of beta-sheets in amyloid fibrils(More)