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dUTPase is responsible for preventive DNA repair via exclusion of uracil. Developmental regulation of the Drosophila enzyme is suggested to be involved in thymine-less apoptosis. Here we show that in addition to conserved dUTPase sequence motifs, the gene of Drosophila enzyme codes for a unique Ala-Pro-rich segment. Kinetic and structural analyses of the(More)
The ultrahigh resolution and sensitivity of electrospray ionization Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (ESI-FTICR) mass spectrometry have for the first time been exploited for the characterization of highly sialylated glycoproteins, using human alpha-1-acid glycoprotein as the model compound. An alternative approach to the widely used(More)
A new anionic surfactant (RapiGest SF) was successfully used for site-specific analysis of glycosylation in human alpha-1-acid glycoprotein (AGP). By means of this analytical approach combined with capillary HPLC-mass spectrometry (and tandem mass spectrometry), the N-linked glycosylation pattern of AGP was explored. On the basis of mass matching and MS/MS(More)
Capillary electrophoresis (CE) methods for chiral resolution of five antimalarial drugs (primaquine, tafenoquine, mefloquine, chloroquine and quinacrine) were developed by using a wide selection of neutral and anionic cyclodextrin (CD) derivatives. The use of sulfobutyl-β-CD and carboxymethyl-β-CD (CMBCD) resulted in good resolution of quinacrine and(More)
Success of cancer treatment is often hampered by the emergence of multidrug resistance (MDR) mediated by P-glycoprotein (ABCB1/Pgp). Doxorubicin (DOX) is recognized by Pgp and therefore it can induce therapy resistance in breast cancer patients. In this study our aim was to evaluate the susceptibility of the pegylated liposomal formulation of doxorubicin(More)
N-glycan oligosaccharides of human serum alpha(1)-acid glycoprotein (AGP) samples isolated from 43 individuals (healthy individuals and patients with lymphoma and with ovarian tumor) were analyzed by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry and a multivariate statistical method (linear discriminant analysis, LDA). 34 different glycan structures have been identified.(More)
Binding of the polyunsaturated cis-parinaric acid to bovine beta-lactoglobulin (BLG) was studied by circular dichroism (CD), electronic absorption spectroscopy and mass spectrometry methods. Upon protein binding, the UV absorption band of parinaric acid is red shifted by ca. 5 nm, showing hypochromism and reduced vibrational fine structure, suggesting that(More)
The original aim of this study was to develop a method for the determination of baicalin from membrane vesicles. The unconventional chromatographic separation ("inverse gradient elution" on a reversed phase column) was due to a lucky chance, which is detailed and discussed in this study. The validated liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry(More)
The aim of this study was to develop a sensitive, reliable and high-throughput liquid chromatography - electrospray ionization - mass spectrometric (LC-ESI-MS/MS) method for the simultaneous quantitation of cortisol and cortisone in human saliva. Derivatization with 2-hydrazino-1-methylpyridine (HMP) was one of the most challenging aspects of the method(More)
Ultratrace analysis of sample components requires excellent analytical performance in terms of limits of quantitation (LoQ). Micro UHPLC coupling with sensitive tandem mass spectrometry provides state of the art solutions for such analytical problems. Decreased column volume in micro LC limits the injectable sample volume. However, if analyte concentration(More)