Sergey Sikora

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MT1-MMP, a prototypic member of a membrane-type metalloproteinase subfamily, is an invasion promoting protease and an activator of MMP-2. In addition, MT1-MMP proteolysis regulates the functionality of cell-surface adhesion/signaling receptors including tissue transglutaminase (tTG). tTG is known to serve as an adhesion coreceptor for beta1/beta3 integrins(More)
Mosquito-borne WNV (West Nile virus) is an emerging global threat. The NS3 proteinase, which is essential for the proteolytic processing of the viral polyprotein precursor, is a promising drug target. We have isolated and biochemically characterized the recombinant, highly active NS3 proteinase. We have determined that the NS3 proteinase functions in a(More)
Membrane type-1 matrix metalloproteinase (MT1-MMP), a prototypic member of the membrane-tethered MMP family, is an essential component of a cellular proteolysis apparatus. Recognition of protein cleavage targets followed by proteolysis is a main function of MT1-MMP. For the first time, however, we present evidence that MT1-MMP and other structurally related(More)
The survival of human pathogens depends on their ability to modulate defence pathways in human host cells. This was thought to be attained mainly by pathogen specific "virulence factors". However, pathogens are increasingly being discovered that use distant homologs of the human regulatory proteins as virulence factors. We analyzed several cases of this(More)
Using the tumor suppressor VHL protein as an example, we show that detailed analysis of conservation versus variation pattern in the multiple alignment can be coupled with the genomic pathway/complex conservation analysis to provide a more complete picture of the entire interaction/regulatory network. Results from the present study have allowed us to(More)
Anthrax toxin consists of protective antigen (PA), and lethal (LF) and edema (EF) factors. A 83 kDa PA monomer (PA83) precursor binds to the cell receptor. Furin-like proprotein convertases (PCs) cleave PA83 to generate cell-bound 63 kDa protein (PA63). PA63 oligomerizes to form a ring-shaped heptamer that binds LF-EF and facilitates their entry into the(More)
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