Witold A. Neugebauer

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In a case-control study performed in an area of former coal, iron, and steel industries, the professional and lifestyle histories of 412 male urothelial bladder cancer inpatients (cases) and 414 inpatients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (controls) were investigated. Smoking habits were identified as the main confounder for occupational bladder cancer(More)
The protein kinase C (PKC) activation domain of the parathyroid hormone (PTH) was believed to be the 28-34 region of the molecule. We have now shown that PTH-(29-32) is the smallest PTH fragment that can stimulate significantly membrane-associated PKC activity in ROS 17/2 rat osteosarcoma cells. As was previously shown for full-length PTH-(1-84) and the(More)
The comparison of four sequences of prokaryotic chitosanases, belonging to the family 46 of glycosyl hydrolases, revealed a conserved N-terminal module of 50 residues, including five invariant carboxylic residues. To verify if some of these residues are important for catalytic activity in the chitosanase from Streptomyces sp. N174, these 5 residues were(More)
In a search for analogues of human parathyroid hormone (hPTH) with improved activities and bioavailabilities, we have prepared the following three lactam analogues of hPTH-(1-31)-NH2 (1) or [Leu27]hPTH-(1-31)-NH2 (2): [Leu27]cyclo(Glu22-Lys26)-hPTH-(1-31)-NH2 (3), [Leu27]cyclo(Lys26-Asp30)-hPTH-(1-31)-NH2 (4), and cyclo(Lys27-Asp30)-hPTH-(1-31)-NH2 (5).(More)
PTH is regarded conventionally as a catabolic hormone that stimulates osteoclastic resorption of bone. However, it has been known since 1932 that intermittent pulses of PTH stimulate bone formation in animals and humans. PTH independently activates two signal mechanisms: one that stimulates adenylyl cyclase and one that stimulates protein kinase C (PKC).(More)
Analogues of human parathyroid hormone (hPTH) truncated at the C-terminal end have been studied for adenylyl cyclase (AC) activity and for solution conformation by circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. Analogues of hPTH-(1-34)-NH2, containing the first 28-31 residues, had only a slightly diminished ability to stimulate AC in rat osteosarcoma (ROS) cells as(More)
A systematic study has been performed in various segments of the intestine and in the urinary bladder of the mouse to identify tissues that respond to kinins and possess B1 and (or) B2 receptors. The stomach was found to contain B1 and B2 functional sites that show pharmacological profiles compatible with B1 and B2 receptors, whereas the urinary bladder(More)
We tested several peptides related to des-Arg9-bradykinin as stimulants or inhibitors of B1 (rabbit aorta, human umbilical vein) and B2 (rabbit jugular vein, guinea pig ileum, human umbilical vein) receptors. We also incubated the compounds with purified angiotensin-converting enzyme from rabbit lung to test their resistance to degradation. We evaluated(More)
Treatment of malignant glioma with chemotherapy is limited mostly because of delivery impediment related to the blood-brain tumor barrier (BTB). B1 receptors (B1R), inducible prototypical G-protein coupled receptors (GPCR) can regulate permeability of vessels including possibly that of brain tumors. Here, we determine the extent of BTB permeability induced(More)
Strain N106, a newly isolated soil actinomycete classified in the genus Nocardioides on the basis of its chemotaxonomy, produced an extracellular chitosanase and was highly active in chitosan degradation. A gene library of Nocardioides sp. N106 was constructed in the shuttle vector pFD666 and recombinant plasmids carrying the chitosanase gene (csnN106) were(More)