Vassiliki Avramopoulou

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Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) are integral membrane proteins and prototypic members of the ligand-gated ion-channel superfamily, which has precursors in the prokaryotic world. They are formed by the assembly of five transmembrane subunits, selected from a pool of 17 homologous polypeptides (alpha1-10, beta1-4, gamma, delta, and epsilon). There(More)
The N-terminal extracellular domain (ECD; amino acids 1-208) of the neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (AChR) alpha7 subunit, the only human AChR subunit known to assemble as a homopentamer, was expressed as a glycosylated form in the yeast Pichia pastoris in order to obtain a native-like model of the extracellular part of an intact pentameric(More)
Photoaffinity labeling is a powerful tool for the characterization of the molecular basis of ligand binding to acceptor molecules, which provides important insights for mapping the bimolecular interfaces. The autoimmune disease myasthenia gravis is caused by autoantibodies against the acetylcholine receptor (AChR). The majority of the anti-AChR antibodies(More)
Various synthetic as well as naturally occurring compounds have been found to exhibit platelet-activating factor (PAF)-like activity or to act as specific PAF inhibitors. In this work we have synthesized a new phosphoglycolipid, methyl 2,3,4-tri-O-acetyl-6-(1'-O-stearoyl-2'-O- acetyl-DL-glycero-3'-phosphoryl)-alpha-D-glucopyranoside ammonium salt, using a(More)
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