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Goat alpha-lactalbumin (GLA) contains four tryptophan (Trp) residues. In order to obtain information on the fluorescence contribution of the individual Trp residues in native GLA, we recorded the fluorescence spectra of four GLA mutants, W26F, W60F, W104F, and W118F, in each of which a single Trp residue was replaced with phenylalanine (Phe). Comparison of(More)
The capability of a Support Vector Machines QSAR model to predict the antiproliferative ability of small peptides was evaluated by screening a virtual library of enkephalin-like analogs modified by incorporation of the (R,S)-(1-adamantyl)glycine (Aaa) residue. From an initial set of 390 compounds, the peptides, Tyr-Aaa-Gly-Phe-Met (2), Tyr-Aaa-Gly-Phe-Phe(More)
To test the occurrence of local particularities during the unfolding of Ca2+-loaded goat alpha-lactalbumin (GLA) we replaced Trp60 and -118, either one or both, by Phe. In contrast with alternative studies, our recombinant alpha-lactalbumins are expressed in Pichia pastoris and do not contain the extra N-terminal methionine. The substitution of Trp60 leads(More)
NGR peptides that recognize CD13 receptors in tumor neovasculature are of high interest, in particular due to their potential applications in drug targeting. Here we report the synthesis and structural analysis of novel thioether bond-linked cyclic NGR peptides. Our results show that their chemostability (resistance against spontaneous decomposition forming(More)
Antifreeze glycoproteins enable life at temperatures below the freezing point of physiological solutions. They usually consist of the repetitive tripeptide unit (-Ala-Ala-Thr-) with the disaccharide α-d-galactosyl-(1–3)-β-N-acetyl-d-galactosamine attached to each hydroxyl group of threonine. Monoglycosylated analogues have been synthesized from the(More)
For several integrins, the existence of multiple conformational states has been studied intensively. For the integrin alpha2beta1, a major collagen receptor on platelets and other cell types, however, no such experimental data were available thus far. Recently, our group has developed a monoclonal antibody IAC-1 sensitive to the molecular conformation of(More)
A series of cyclic peptides with different linkers were designed and synthesized to model the elbow-type Ca2+-binding loop of alpha-lactalbumin (LA). All amino acids of the Ca2+-binding loop are strikingly well conserved among LAs of different species with the sequence Lys79-Phe-Leu-Asp82-Asp-Asp-Leu-Thr- Asp87-Asp88, where three carboxylates of Asp82,(More)
Here, we report on the synthesis, conformational analysis, and autoantibody binding properties of new sets of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) specific biotin-peptide conjugates derived from filaggrin epitope peptides. The biotin with or without a linker was attached to the Cit or Arg containing epitope core ((311)TXGRS(315)) or epitope region(More)
A synthetic octapeptide, H-GlyGluGlyGluGlySerGlyGly-OH, and its phosphorylated Ser derivative were synthetized and their solution speciation and binding modes in their complexes with Al(III) were measured. One goal of the work was find a lead compound for the design of a selective peptide-based Al(III) chelator. pH-potentiometry was used to characterize the(More)
This article reports vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) and electronic circular dichroism (ECD) spectroscopic studies in acetonitrile on the chiral Rh(2)(O-Phe-Cbz)(1)(OAc)(3) and Rh(2)(O-Phe-Ac)(1)(OAc)(3) complexes (abbreviated Rh(2)Z(1) and Rh(2)Ac(1) , respectively; Phe, L-phenylalanine; Cbz, benzyloxycarbonyl; Ac, acetyl) supported by theoretical(More)