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CYP153 a cytochrome P450 from Acinetobacter sp. EB104 catalyzes the hydroxylation of unsubstituted n-alkanes. We have decided to use the CYP153 system as a model for mechanistic studies on regioselective n-alkane oxidation and the interaction of hydrophobic substrates with soluble enzymes. Here the molecular cloning of the CYP153 gene is reported. Single(More)
We have studied the absorption and metabolism of resveratrol in the jejunum in an isolated rat small intestine model. Only small amounts of resveratrol were absorbed across the enterocytes of the jejunum and ileum unmetabolised. The major compound detected on the serosal side was the glucuronide conjugate of resveratrol (96.5% +/- 4.6 of the amount(More)
For 30 years, the prevailing view has been that the hydrophobic effect contributes considerably more than hydrogen bonding to the conformational stability of globular proteins. The results and reasoning presented here suggest that hydrogen bonding and the hydrophobic effect make comparable contributions to the conformational stability of ribonuclease T1(More)
We have developed a general and rapid method for site-directed mutagenesis using primed amplification by the polymerase chain reaction. Starting from a double-stranded DNA template, this method requires only one single specific mutagenic primer and two universal sequencing primers flanking the region to be mutated further upstream and downstream,(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate biomarkers of the bioavailability and metabolism of hydroxycinnamate derivatives through the determination of the pharmacokinetics of their urinary elimination and identification of the metabolites excreted. Coffee was used as a rich source of caffeic acid derivatives and human supplementation was undertaken. The(More)
The slow refolding of ribonuclease T1 was investigated by different probes. Structural intermediates with secondary structure are formed early during refolding, as indicated by the rapid regain of a native-like circular dichroism spectrum in the amide region. This extensive structure formation is much faster than the slow steps of refolding, which are(More)
Nuclease-resistant moenomycin-binding aptamers with dissociation constants in the range of 300 to 400 nM have been selected. Competition experiments have demonstrated that these aptamers recognize a disaccharide analogue of moenomycin. The results offer the opportunity of setting up a selective and sensitive assay for identifying moenomycin biosynthetic(More)
The 60 kb circular mitochondrial genome of N. crassa has previously been shown to contain a single transcription unit for 17S and 24S rRNA mapping within the largest Eco RI fragment E1 (19.6 kb). This fragment was isolated from uncloned mitochondrial DNA and further analyzed by cleavage with restriction endonucleases Hind II, Hind III, Bam HI, Pvu II and(More)
Endothelial (E-) and platelet (P-) selectin mediated adhesion of tumor cells to vascular endothelium is a pivotal step of hematogenous metastasis formation. Recent studies have demonstrated that selectin deficiency significantly reduces metastasis formation in vivo. We selected an E- and P-Selectin specific DNA Aptamer (SDA) via SELEX (Systematic Evolution(More)
Aptamers are oligonucleotides that bind targets with high specificity and affinity. They have become important tools for biosensing, target detection, drug delivery and therapy. We selected the quadruplex-forming 16-mer DNA aptamer AID-1 [d(GGGT) 4] with affinity for the interleukin-6 receptor (IL-6R) and identified single nucleotide variants that showed no(More)