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In this work, we report the effects of a Bowman-Birk protease inhibitor, the Black-Eyed Pea Trypsin/Chymotrypsin Inhibitor - BTCI, purified from Vigna unguiculata seeds, on the MCF-7 breast cancer cells. The treatment of MCF-7 with 200microM BTCI for 72h induced significant reduction of the cell viability and proliferation (arrest in S and G2/M phase).(More)
Yeasts can metabolize xylose by the action of two key enzymes: xylose reductase and xylitol dehydrogenase. In this work, we present data concerning the cloning of the XYL2 gene encoding xylitol dehydrogenase from the yeast Candida tropicalis. The gene is present as a single copy in the genome and is controlled at the transcriptional level by the presence of(More)
Three dermaseptins, DS 01, DD K, and DD L, were compared with respect to their structural features and interactions with liposomes. Circular dichroic spectra at alcohols of different chain lengths revealed that DS 01 has the higher helicogenic potential in hydrophobic media. Binding of DS 01, DD K, and DD L to liposomes induced significant blue shifts of(More)
The thioredoxin system plays a critical role in maintaining the cytoplasm redox state, participating in functions that are important to the cellular viability of fungi. Although functional and structural information on targets in human pathogenic fungi has been scarcely described in the literature, such studies are essential for in silico drug design and(More)
The kappa-KTx family of peptides, which is the newest K⁺-channel blocker family from scorpion venom, is present in scorpions from the families Scorpionidae and Liochelidae. Differently from the other scorpion KTx families, the three-dimensional structure of the known kappa-KTxs toxins is formed by two parallel α-helices linked by two disulfide bridges.(More)
Recently, defense peptides that are able to act against several targets have been characterized. The present work focuses on structural and functional evaluation of the peptide analogue Pa-MAP, previously isolated as an antifreeze peptide from Pleuronectes americanus. Pa-MAP showed activities against different targets such as tumoral cells in culture(More)
A 6.5 kDa serine protease inhibitor was purified by anion-exchange chromatography from the crude extract of the Inga umbratica seeds, containing inhibitor isoforms ranging from 6.3 to 6.7 kDa and protease inhibitors of approximately 19 kDa. The purified protein was characterized as a potent inhibitor against trypsin and chymotrypsin and it was named I.(More)
Several methods have been applied to study protein-protein interaction from structural and thermodynamic point of view. The present study reveals that atomic force microscopy (AFM), molecular modeling, and docking approaches represent alternative methods offering new strategy to investigate structural aspects in oligomerization process of proteinase(More)
Antibody engineering represents a promising area in biotechnology. Recombinant antibodies can be easily manipulated generating new ligand and effector activities that can be used as prototype magic bullets. On the other hand, an extensive knowledge of recombinant antibody binding and stability features are essential for an efficient substitution. In this(More)