Zoltán Urbányi

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A rapid and reproducible method to isolate serum amyloid P component from healthy human plasma has been developed. It uses affinity chromatography on an agarose column followed by anion-exchange chromatography. It was found that the isolated compound has a significantly different isoelectric point (pI 5.7) from that reported previously (pI 4.1). The new(More)
1. KAR-2 (3"-(beta-chloroethyl)-2",4"-dioxo-3,5"-spiro-oxazolidino- 4-deacetoxy-vinblastine), is a bis-indol derivative; catharantine is coupled with the vindoline moiety which contains a substituted oxazolidino group. Our binding studies showed that KAR-2 exhibited high affinity for bovine purified brain tubulin (Kd-3 microM) and it inhibited microtubule(More)
Endotoxin challenge leads to septic shock, multi-organ failure and death in mice. Permeability of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) is increased by endotoxemia. Serum amyloid P component (SAP) is a lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-binding protein that can modulate the host reactions during infections. It is controversial whether SAP can protect from LPS toxicity in(More)
Previously we have reported serum amyloid P component (SAP) induced cell death in cerebro-cortical cultures of rat brain. In this paper we studied the types of target cells and the molecular mechanism of SAP-induced cell death. Immuno-electron and light microscopy revealed that SAP penetrates the plasma membrane and translocates selectively into the nuclei(More)
Serum amyloid P component (SAP)-induced neuronal apoptosis has been demonstrated on the primary culture of embryonic rat cerebral cortex in vitro. Here we present pieces of evidence that cell death is also induced by serum amyloid P component in living rat brain similarly to that in cell culture. Intrahippocampally administered SAP diffuses from the site of(More)
The influence of serum amyloid P component (SAP) on the survival of rat cerebrocortical cultures was tested. Cytotoxic cell death was examined on 8-9-day-old cell cultures by phase contrast microscopy and quantified by the measurement of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) leakage. SAP (16-48 nM) evoked a concentration-dependent cell death within 24 h exposure. Our(More)
Serum amyloid P component, a member of pentraxin serum protein family, has been suggested to contribute to the progression of neurodegeneration including Alzheimer's disease by binding to beta-amyloid fibrils leading to an increased stability of the deposits against proteolytic degradation and by inducing neuronal apoptosis. Here, we show that(More)
Capillary isoelectric focusing (cIEF) is a basic and highly accurate routine analytical tool to prove identity of protein drugs in quality control (QC) and release tests in biopharmaceutical industries. However there are some "out-of-the-box" applications commercially available which provide easy and rapid isoelectric focusing solutions for investigating(More)
Studying the interaction between serum amyloid P component (SAP) and beta-amyloid (Abeta) a new Abeta binding site was identified on the SAP near the known binding site at the two bound calcium ions. SAP stabilizes deposits in neurodegenerative diseases, which is manifested via Abeta-binding. Because the inhibition of this interaction is a potential(More)