WILLIAM A. GIBBONS

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The association of alcoholism with macrocytic anaemia has lead to investigation of the role of cobalamin-dependent methionine synthase in mediating alcohol toxicity. Several studies have found that long-term ingestion of large quantities of ethanol causes inhibition of liver methionine synthase activity in vivo: however, ethanol has not been found to(More)
One- and two-dimensional high resolution NMR spectroscopy was applied to determine quantitatively and qualitatively the lipids extracted from human erythrocyte membranes. The relative amounts of the major lipids were determined from the spectra of unfractionated lipid extracts. After HPLC fractionation of the lipid extracts and NMR analysis of the(More)
A number of lipophilic platinum(II) complexes of the general structures cis-[Pt(LA)2Cl2] and [Pt(LD)Cl2] were synthesised. Long chain amines (LA) and diamines (LD), prepared from lipidic amino acids, were used as ligands. The in vitro cytotoxicity of the complexes was evaluated against four cell lines (P388, NSCLC-N6, E39, M96).(More)
The circular dichroism (CD) spectra of poly(L-lysine) in water and ethanediol/water (2:1) solutions in the temperature range -110 to 85 degrees C are presented. The results combined with vibrational CD data are interpreted in terms of a two-state conformational equilibrium with a left-handed trans polyproline II conformation being preferred at low(More)
The solution structure of a peptide corresponding to the VP1 region 141-160 of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) serotype A variant USA has been studied by NMR and computer calculations and compared with the results from a study on a highly homologous peptide deriving from serotype A, variant A. The two peptides differ in their serological behavior and(More)
The phospholipids of control and lipid-modified Tetrahymena thermophila were identified and quantified, using 1-D and 2-D COSY proton NMR spectroscopy on intact lipids, before and after HPLC separation. The results are comparable to those obtained using classical lipid analytical techniques. The results indicate that the study of enzyme pathways and other(More)
The 21-peptide amide antibiotic gallidermin is a potential therapeutic against acne disease. It belongs to the class of polycyclic lanthionine and alpha,beta-didehydroamino acids containing polypeptides, which were named "lantibiotics." The structural gene of the recently elucidated lantibiotic gallidermin encodes a precursor peptide containing Ser, Thr,(More)
The lipidicα-amino acids (LAAs) are non-naturalα-amino acids with saturated or unsaturated long aliphatic side chains. LAAs and their derivatives (lipid mimetics) together with the lipidic peptides represent a class of compounds which combine structural features of lipids with those of amino acids and peptides. Racemic LAAs may be prepared by classical(More)
The proton nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) lipid profile of Leishmania donovani was obtained in the one-dimensional and two-dimensional modes. Partial assignments of lipid classes and individual lipids were obtained purely from the proton NMR spectrum of the mixture. A more complete assignment and quantitative analysis was achieved by prior separation of(More)