Vasily N Stepanenko

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We studied cell cultures isolated from the pulp of third molar germ of an adult human and from the skin of a human fetus on gestation day 10. Both cultures expressed similar repertoire of surface markers typical of multipotent mesenchymal cells (CD44, CD90, and CD105). Under in vitro conditions, dental pulp cells were more susceptible to factors inducing(More)
Thymidine kinase UL23 gene (EC 2.7.1.145) from the L2 acyclovir-sensitive strain of herpes simplex virus type 1 was cloned and expressed in E. coli. The enzyme was purified by chromatography to the purity of 90% according to PAG electrophoresis data. The Michaelis constants for the reactions with thymidine and acyclovir were determined. The enzyme was found(More)
Tumstatin, a cleavage fragment of collagen IV, is a potent endogenous inhibitor of angiogenesis. Tumstatin-derived peptide T8 possesses all angiostatic properties of full-length tumstatin and indirectly suppresses tumor growth. The potential of T8 to block pathological angiogenesis in the eye has not been explored yet. Here we assess antiangiogenic effects(More)
A thymidine kinase UL23 gene (EC 2.7.1.145) from an acyclovir-sensitive strain L2 of herpes simplex virus type 1 was cloned and expressed in E. coli. Enzyme was purified by chromatography to a homogeneous state controlled by PAG electrophoresis. The Michaelis constants for the reactions with thymidine and an acyclovir were determined. It was found that(More)
Chemical-enzymatic synthesis of human Epidermal Growth Factor (hEGF) cDNA has been performed, following by cloning into expression vector pTWIN1 (New England Biolabs). The resulting recombinant fusion protein expressed in Escherichia coli consisted of the N-terminal chitin-binding domain, mini-intein Ssp dnaB domain and hEGF polypeptide at the C-terminus.(More)
Thymosin beta4 (43 aa) is a highly conserved acidic peptide which regulates actin polymerization in mammalian cells by sequestering globular actin. Thymosin beta4 is undergoing clinical trials as a drug for the treatment of venous stasis ulcers, corneal wounds and injuries, as well as acute myocardial infarction. Currently, thymosin beta4 is produced with(More)
A wide range of natural purine analogues was used as probe to assess the mechanism of recognition by the wild-type (WT) E. coli purine nucleoside phosphorylase (PNP) versus its Ser90Ala mutant. The results were analyzed from viewpoint of the role of the Ser90 residue and the structural features of the bases. It was found that the Ser90 residue of the PNP 1)(More)
Thymosin β4 is a 43 amino acid long peptide with an acetylated N-terminal serin that has a high potential as a remedy for healing ulcers, wounds and burns. Although protein biosynthesis offers attractive opportunities in terms of a large-scale production, currently thymosin β4 is mainly produced by chemical synthesis. The problems that hinder the successful(More)
An artificial gene encoding oxyntomodulin was obtained using chemical and enzymatic methods and cloned into Escherichia coli. A recombinant plasmid was constructed containing a hybrid oxyntomodulin gene and Ssp dnaB intein from Synechocystis sp. The expression of the resulting hybrid gene in E. coli, its properties, and the conditions of its autocatalytic(More)