Siew Fun Cheng

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A peptide based on the N-terminal fusion domain of gp41 of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and its tryptophan analog were synthesized to examine the secondary structure in the micellar environment. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), circular dichroism and electron paramagnetic resonance experiments indicated that the gp41 fusion peptide inserted(More)
OBJECTIVE Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection is the main cause of gastroduodenal ulcer. The molecular mechanisms that underlying this progress are still not very clear. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small noncoding RNAs that function as negative regulator of numerous target genes at posttranscriptional level. miRNAs plays important roles in the development(More)
While much information exists about the structure and function of the clonally distributed T cell receptor (TCR) alpha beta heterodimer, little is known about the gamma protein, the product of a third rearranging TCR gene. An antiserum to a carboxyl-terminal peptide common to several of the murine gamma chain constant regions and a monoclonal antibody to(More)
NMR and CD studies were carried out on a peptide representing the hydrophobic N-terminal domain of envelope glycoprotein of human immunodeficiency virus type-1 in solutions of varying polarity. It was found that in aquaeous solution the amide proton of glycine in the FLG motif resonated at a considerably high field and its chemical shift, within the limit(More)
The conformation and interactions with membrane mimics of the NH(2)-terminal fragment 1-25 of HA2, HA2-(1-25), of influenza virus were studied by spectroscopic methods. Secondary structure analysis of circular dichroism data revealed 45% helix for the peptide at pH 5.0. Tryptophan fluorescence quenching by acrylamide and NMR experiments established that the(More)
The interaction between the cobalt(III) complex of a bleomycin functional model (AMPHIS-NET) and the oligonucleotide d(CGCAATTGCG)2 and the structural features of the 1:1 ligand-DNA complex have been determined by high-resolution two-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance methods and restrained molecular dynamics calculations. The intermolecular nuclear(More)
Five partially overlapping synthetic peptides containing the N-terminal portion of the leucine zipper (LZ)-like domain of human immunodeficiency virus envelope glycoprotein gp41 were used to deduce the helix initiation site. Circular dichroism (CD) data suggested a strong helix-inducing motif, LLRA. The coupling constant and nuclear Overhauser effect (NOE)(More)
A 43-mer peptide derived from the coiled coil domain of the transmembrane glycoprotein, gp41, of human immunodeficiency virus type 1, was synthesized. Light scattering measurements suggested that the peptide molecules likely exist in the aqueous solution in trimeric form. Circular dichroism experiments showed a moderate helix population enhancement for the(More)
A peptide of 51 amino acids corresponding to the NH2-terminal region (5-55) of the glycoprotein gp41 of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 was synthesized to study its conformation and assembly. Nuclear magnetic resonance experiments indicated the sequence NH2-terminal to the leucine zipper-like domain of gp41 was induced into helix in the micellar(More)
Quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs) are commonly used as disinfectant in medical care, food industry, detergents and glue industries. This is due to a small concentration of QACs is sufficient to inhibit the growth of various bacteria strains. In this work, the inhibitive power of cationic surfactants, alkyltrimethylammonium bromide (C(n)TAB) in the(More)