Marcin Drąg

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Born: Świdnica, Poland, July 30, 1975.

Hobby: spin fishing for predatory fish, fly fishing, diving.

E-mail: marcin.drag@pwr.edu.pl

Address: Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Wroclaw University of Technology, Wybrzeze Wyspianskiego 27, 50-370 Wroclaw, Poland

Phone: +48-74-320-4526 Fax: +48 71 328 40 64


Education

Master of Science, 1999, University of Wroclaw, Poland, Coordination Chemistry - Master thesis: "The synthesis, properties and structural investigation of Rh (I) complexes with chelating ligands",

PhD in Chemistry, 2003, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland, Bioorganic Chemistry - Prof. Pawel Kafarski, PhD thesis: “Synthesis, structural investigations and biological activity of phosphonic inhibitors of leucine aminopeptidase and cathepsin C”.

Habilitation in Chemistry, 2011, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland, Title of thesis: “Libraries of substrates and inhibitors as tools in the investigation of metalloproteases and cysteine proteases”.

Professor of Chemical Sciences, 2016, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Poland, nomination by the President of the Republic of Poland


Current Positions

2016 Professor of Chemical Sciences, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Poland

2018 Adjunct Professor, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA (http://www.sbpdiscovery.org)


Former Positions

2000/03 – PhD student, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland

2003/04 – Research Scientist, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland

2004 – 2011 (brake for post-doctoral training) Junior Assistant Professor (Adjunct), Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland

2005/08 – Post-doctoral Associate, The Burnham Institute for Medical Research, La Jolla, CA, USA

2008-2011 Visiting Scientist, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA

2011-2013 Assistant Professor (Adjunct) with habilitation, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland

2013-2016 Associate Professor at Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland


Education abroad

1997 - Rome - Cassaccia - Italy, ENEA Center, dr Claudio Fabiani lab

1998 - Wien - Austria, Technical University of Wien, prof. Karl Kirchner lab

2000 - Montpellier - France, Ecole de Chimie, prof. H. J. Cristau lab

2005 - 2008, La Jolla, CA, USA, The Burnham Institute for Medical Research, prof. Guy S. Salvesen laboratory (http://www.salvesenlab.org)

2007 – Emory University, Atlanta, USA, short-term training, prof. Keith Wilkinson laboratory

2009 - La Jolla, CA, USA, The Burnham Institute for Medical Research, short-term training, prof. Stefan Riedl laboratory


Our Technology

In our group we have developed a novel chemical approach, called HyCoSuL (Hybrid Combinatorial Substrate Library), to dissect a broad substrate specificity of proteolytic enzymes. The use of natural and a wide range of unnatural amino acids in HyCoSuL structure allows for discovery of highly active and selective substrates, inhibitors, and activtiy based probes for multiple proteases. The detailed protocol for the synthesis and use of HyCoSuL has been recently published in Nature Protocols:

Synthesis of a HyCoSuL peptide substrate library to dissect protease substrate specificity


Research interests

Research interests include the design and synthesis of substrates, inhibitors and activity-based probes to decipher the mechanism of action and the function of proteases in health and disease.


Awards and honours

2003 - Rector's Award at Wroclaw University of Technology for doctoral thesis.

2004 – Award of Polish Chemical Society and “Sigma-Aldrich” for the best doctoral thesis in Poland in the field of organic chemistry

2004 - Award for best patent applications in medicinal chemistry at Wroclaw University of Technology.

2005 – Awarded by The Foundation for Polish Science with the Scholarship for the Promising Young Scientist (Program START).

2006 - Best poster award at Gordon Conference on Proteolytic Enzymes and their Inhibitors, New Hampshire, USA.

2009 - Beneficiary of FOCUS program by The Foundation for Polish Science.

2009 - Awarded with scholarship for Outstanding Young Investigators by Minister of Science and Higher Education.

2010 - Nominated to Young Scientists and Artists Academy in Wrocław.

2010 - Rector's Award at Wroclaw University of Technology for outstanding scientific achievements.

2011 - Nominated to Club of Young Intellectualists in Poland.

2011 - Award of Minister of Science and Higher Education in Poland for outstanding scientific achievements.

2012 - Rector's Award at Wroclaw University of Technology for outstanding scientific achievements.

2016 - Rector's Award at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology for outstanding scientific achievements.

2018 - awarded in WROCŁAW’S 30 CREATIVES in category Science by Wrocław City Council (http://www.wroclaw.pl/30-kreatywnych-wroclawia/2018/marcin-drag)


Assistant Professors

Paulina Kasperkiewicz FNP HOMING project leader

Postdoc

Anna Wieczorek

PhD Students

Radosław Gładysz

Katarzyna Groborz

Sonia Kołt

Tomasz Janiszewski

TEAM PROJECT, Foundation for Polish Science

Postdocs

Izabela Małuch

Karolina Świderska

Wioletta Rut

PhD students

Justyna Czarna

Sylwia Modrzycka

Mikołaj Żmudziński

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Publications

  1. Poreba M, Rut W, Vizovisek M, Groborz K, Kasperkiewicz P, Finlay D, Vuori K, Turk D, Turk B, Salvesen GS, Drag M, Selective imaging of cathepsin L in breast cancer by fluorescent activity-based probes Chemical Science 2018, 1. View at Publisher
  2. Gonzalez-Ramirez ML*, Poreba M*, Snipas SJ, Groborz K, Drag M, Salvesen GS (* equal contribution), Extensive peptide and natural protein substrate screens reveal that mouse caspase-11 has much narrower substrate specificity than caspase-1 Journal of Biological Chemistry 2018, 1. View at Publisher
  3. Stach N, Kalinska M, Zdzalik M, Kitel R, Karim A, Serwin K, Rut W, Larsen K, Jabaiah A, Firlej M, Wladyka B, Daugherty P, Stennicke H, Drag M, Potempa J, Dubin G, Unique Substrate Specificity of SplE Serine Protease from Staphylococcus aureus Structure 2018, 1. View at Publisher
  4. Poreba M, Groborz K, Navarro M, Snipas SJ, Drag M, Salvesen GS, Caspase selective reagents for diagnosing apoptotic mechanisms Cell Death and Differentiation 2018, 1. View at Publisher
  5. Poreba M, Kasperkiewicz P, Rut W, Drag M, Screening Combinatorial Peptide Libraries in Protease Inhibitor Drug Discovery Extracellular Targeting of Cell Signaling in Cancer: Strategies Directed at MET and RON Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Pathways, 1 2018, 1. View at Publisher
  6. Rut W, Poreba M, Kasperkiewicz P, Snipas SJ, Drag M, Selective substrates and activity-based probes for imaging of the human constitutive 20S proteasome in cells and blood samples Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 2018, 1. View at Publisher
  7. Barry R, John SW, Liccardi G, Tenev T, Jaco J, Chen Ch, Choi J, Kasperkiewicz P, Fernandes-Alnemri T, Alnemri E, Drag M, Chen Y, Meier P, SUMO-mediated regulation of NLRP3 modulates inflammasome activity Nature Communications 2018, 9, 3001. View at Publisher
  8. Vizovisek M, Vidmar R, Drag M, Fonovic M, Salvesen GS, Turk B, Protease Specificity: Towards In Vivo Imaging Applications and Biomarker Discovery Trends in Biochemical Sciences 2018, 1, 1. View at Publisher
  9. Kasperkiewicz P, Kołt S, Janiszewski T, Groborz K, Poręba M, Snipas SJ, Salvesen GS, Drąg M, Determination of extended substrate specificity of the MALT1 as a strategy for the design of potent substrates and activity-based probes Scientific Reports 2018, 8, 1. View at Publisher
  10. Teixeira PF, Kmiec B, Branca RM, Murcha MW, Byzia A, Ivanova A, Whelan J, Drag M, Lehtiö J, Glaser E., A multi-step peptidolytic cascade for amino acid recovery in chloroplasts. Nature Chemical Biology 2017, 13, 15. View at Publisher
  11. Balogh B, Dahmen M, Stahl M, Poreba M, Gersch M, Drag M, Sieber SA , Insights into ClpXP proteolysis: heterooligomerization and partial deactivation enhance chaperone affinity and substrate turnover in Listeria monocytogenes Chemical Science 2017, 8, 1592. View at Publisher
  12. Rut W, Zhang L, Kasperkiewicz P, Poreba M, Hilgenfeld R, Drag M, Extended substrate specificity and first potent irreversible inhibitor/activity-based probe design for Zika virus NS2B-NS3 protease Antiviral Research 2017, 139, 88. View at Publisher
  13. Kasperkiewicz P, Poreba M, Groborz K, Drag M, Emerging challenges in the design of selective protease substrates, inhibitors and activity-based probes for indistinguishable proteases FEBS Journal 2017, 284, 1518. View at Publisher
  14. Drag-Zalesinska M, Drag M, Poreba M, Borska S, Kulbacka J, Saczko J, Anticancer properties of ester derivatives of betulin in human metastatic melanoma cells (Me-45) Cancer Cell International 2017, 17, 7. View at Publisher
  15. Poreba M, Szalek A, Rut W, Kasperkiewicz P, Rutkowska-Wlodarczyk I, Snipas SJ, Itoh Y, Turk D, Turk B, Overall CM, Kaczmarek L, Salvesen GS, Drag M, Highly sensitive and adaptable fluorescence-quenched pair discloses the substrate specificity profiles in diverse protease families Scientific Reports 2017, 7, 43135. View at Publisher
  16. Lunde NN, Haugen MH, Bodin Larsen KB, Damgaard I, Pettersen SJ, Kasem R, Rut W, Drag M, Poreba M, Johansen HT, Solberg R, Glycosylation is important for legumain localization and processing to active forms but not for cystatin E/M inhibitory functions Biochimie 2017, 139, 27. View at Publisher
  17. Kasperkiewicz P, Altman Y, D'Angelo M, Salvesen GS, Drag M, A toolbox of fluorescent probes for parallel imaging reveals uneven location of serine proteases in neutrophils Journal of the American Chemical Society 2017, 139, 10115. View at Publisher
  18. Poreba M, Salvesen GS, Drag M, Synthesis of a HyCoSuL peptide substrate library to dissect protease substrate specificity Nature Protocols 2017, 12, 2189. View at Publisher
  19. Gersch M, Stahl M, Poreba M, Dahmen M, Dziedzic A, Drag M, Sieber SA, Barrel-shaped ClpP proteases display attenuated cleavage specificity ACS Chemical Biology 2016, 11, 389. View at Publisher
  20. Byzia, A.; Szeffler, A.; Kalinowski, L.; Drąg, M., Activity profiling of aminopeptidases in cell lysates using a fluorogenic substrate library Biochimie 2016, 122, 31. View at Publisher
  21. Modak, J. K.; Rut, W.; Wijeyewickrema, L. C.; Pike, R. N.; Drąg, M.; Roujeinkova, A., Structural basis for substrate specificity of Helicobacter pylori M17 aminopeptidase Biochimie 2016, 121, 60. View at Publisher
  22. Rut, W.; Drąg, M., Human 20S proteasome activity towards fluorogenic peptides of various chain lengths Biol. Chem. 2016, 396, 921. View at Publisher
  23. Drinkwater N, Sivaraman KK, Bamert RS, Rut W, Mohamed K, Vinh NB, Scammells PJ, Drag M, McGowan S, Structure and substrate fingerprint of aminopeptidase P from Plasmodium falciparum Biochemical Journal 2016, 473, 3189. View at Publisher
  24. Poreba M, Solberg R, Rut W, Lunde NN, Kasperkiewicz P, Snipas SJ, Mihelic M, Turk D, Turk B, Salvesen GS, Drag M., Counter Selection Substrate Library Strategy for Developing Specific Protease Substrates and Probes Cell Chemical Biology 2016, 23, 1023. View at Publisher
  25. Lentz CS, Ordonez AA, Kasperkiewicz P, La Greca F, O'Donoghue AJ, Schulze CJ, Powers JC, Craik CS, Drag M, Jain SK, Bogyo M, Design of Selective Substrates and Activity-Based Probes for Hydrolase Important for Pathogenesis 1 (HIP1) from Mycobacterium tuberculosis. ACS infectious diseases 2016, 2, 807. View at Publisher
  26. Hachmann, J.; Edgington-Mitchell, L. E.; Poreba, M.; Sanman, L. E.; Drag, M.; Bogyo, M.; Salvesen, G. S., Probes to Monitor Activity of the Paracaspase MALT1 Chem. Biol. 2015, 22, 139. View at Publisher
  27. Lechtenberg, B. C.; Kasperkiewicz, P.; Robinson, H.; Drag, M.; Riedl, S. J., The Elastase-PK101 structure: Mechanism of an ultrasensitive activity-based probe revealed ACS Chem. Biol. 2015, 10, 945. View at Publisher
  28. Rut, W.; Kasperkiewicz, P.; Byzia, A.; Poreba, M.; Groborz, K.; Drag, M., Recent advances and concepts in substrate specificity determination of proteases using tailored libraries of fluorogenic substrates with unnatural amino acids Biol. Chem. 2015, 396, 329. View at Publisher
  29. Arya, T.; Reddi, R.; Kishor, C.; Ganji, R.J.; Bhukya, S.; Gumpena, R.; McGowan, S.; Drag, M.; Addlagatta, A., Identification of the molecular basis of inhibitor selectivity between the human and Streptococcal Type I methionine aminopeptidases. J. Med. Chem. 2015, 58, 2350. View at Publisher
  30. Bekes, M.; Rut, W.; Kasperkiewicz, P. Mulder, M. P.; Ovaa, H.; Drag, M.; Lima, C. D.; Huang, T. T., SARS hCoV papain-like protease is a unique Lys48 linkage-specific di-distributive deubiquitinating enzyme. Biochem. J. 2015, 468, 215. View at Publisher
  31. Drag-Zalesinska M, Wysocka T, Borska S, Drag M, Poreba M, Choromanska A, Kulbacka J, Saczko J., The new esters derivatives of betulin and betulinic acid in epidermoid squamous carcinoma treatment - In vitro studies. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy 2015, 72, 91. View at Publisher
  32. Kasperkiewicz P, Poreba M, Snipas SJ, Lin SJ, Kirchhofer D, Salvesen GS, Drag M., Design of a Selective Substrate and Activity Based Probe for Human Neutrophil Serine Protease 4. PLoS One 2015, 10, 1. View at Publisher
  33. Rajkovic, J.; Poreba, M.; Caglic, D.; Vidmar, R.; Wilk, A.; Borowik, A.; Salvesen, G. S.; Turk, V.; Drag, M.; Turk, B., Biochemical Characterization and Substrate Specificity of Autophagin-2 from the Parasite Trypanosoma cruzi J. Biol. Chem. 2015, 290, 28231. View at Publisher
  34. Galiullina RA, Kasperkiewicz P, Chichkova NV, Szalek A, Serebryakova MV, Poreba M, Drag M, Vartapetian AB, Substrate Specificity and Possible Heterologous Targets of Phytaspase, a Plant Cell Death Protease. Journal of Biological Chemistry 2015, 290, 24806. View at Publisher
  35. Poreba M, Szalek A, Kasperkiewicz P, Rut W, Salvesen GS, Drag M, Small Molecule Active Site Directed Tools for Studying Human Caspases Chemical Reviews 2015, 115, 12546. View at Publisher
  36. van der Linden, W. A.; Segal, E.; Child, M. A.; Byzia, A. Drąg, M.; Bogyo, M., Design and Synthesis of Activity-Based Probes and Inhibitors for Bleomycin Hydrolase Chem. Biol. 2015, 22, 995.
  37. Poręba, M.; Mihelic, M.; Krai, P.; Rajkovic, J.; Krężel, A.; Pawełczak, M.; Klemba, M.; Turk, D.; Turk, B.; Latajka, R.; Drąg, M., Unnatural amino acids increase activity and specificity of synthetic substrates for human and malarial cathepsin C. Amino Acids 2014, 46, 931. View at Publisher
  38. Kasperkiewicz, P.; Poreba, M.; Snipas, S. J.; Parker, H.; Winterbourn, C. C.; Salvesen, G. S.; Drag, M., Design of ultrasensitive probes for human neutrophil elastase through hybrid combinatorial substrate library profiling. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 2014, 111, 2518. View at Publisher
  39. Byzia, A; Haeggström, J.Z.; Salvesen, G.S.; Drąg, M., A remarkable activity of human leukotriene A4 hydrolase (LTA4H) toward unnatural amino acids. Amino Acids 2014, 46, 1313. View at Publisher
  40. Poręba, M.; Szalek, A.; Kasperkiewicz, P.; Drąg, M., Positional Scanning Substrate Combinatorial Library (PS-SCL) Approach to Define Caspase Substrate Specificity. Methods Mol. Biol. 2014, 1133, 41. View at Publisher
  41. Pustelny, K.; Zdzalik, M.; Stach, N.; Stec-Niemczyk, J.; Cichon, P.; Czarna, A.; Popowicz, G.; Mak, P.; Drag, M.; Salvesen, G. S.; Wladyka, B.; Potempa, J.; Dubin, A.; Dubin, G., Staphylococcal SplB serine protease utilizes a novel molecular mechanism of activation. J. Biol. Chem. 2014, 298, 15544. View at Publisher
  42. Gras, S.; Byzia, A.; Gilbert, F.B.; McGowan, S.; Drąg, M.; Silvestre, A.; Niepceron, A.; Lecaille, F.; Lalmanach, G.; Fabien Brossier, F., Aminopeptidase N1 (Et-ApN1), a M1 metalloprotease of the apicomplexan parasite Eimeria tenella participates in parasite development Eukaryotic Cell 2014, 13, 884. View at Publisher
  43. Poreba, M.; Kasperkiewicz, P.; Snipas, S. J.; Fasci, D.; Salvesen, G. S.; Drąg, M., Unnatural amino acids increase sensitivity and provide for the design of highly selective caspase substrates Cell Death & Differentiation 2014, 21, 1482. View at Publisher
  44. Mistry, S.N.; Drinkwater, N.; Ruggeri, C.; Kannan Sivaraman, K.; Loganathan, S.; Fletcher, S.; Drag, M.; Paiardini, A.; Avery, V.M.; Scammells, P.J.; McGowan, S., A Two-pronged Attack: Dual Inhibition of Plasmodium falciparum M1 and M17 Metalloaminopeptidases by a Novel Series of Hydroxamic acid-based Inhibitors. J. Med. Chem. 2014, 57, 9168. View at Publisher
  45. Węglarz-Tomczak, E.; Poręba, M.; Byzia, A.; Berlicki, Ł.; Nocek, B.; Mulligan, R.; Joachimiak, A.; Drąg, M.; Mucha, A., An integrated approach to the ligand binding specificity of Neisseria meningitidis M1 alanine aminopeptidase by fluorogenic substrate profiling, inhibitory studies and molecular modeling. Biochimie 2013, 95, 419. View at Publisher
  46. Carroll, R.K.; Veillard, F.; Gagne, D.T.; Lindenmuth, J.M.; Poreba, M.; Drag, M.; Potempa, J.; Shaw, L.N., The Staphylococcus aureus leucine aminopeptidase LAP is localized to the bacterial cytosol and demonstrates a broad substrate range that extends beyond leucine. Biol. Chem. 2013, 394, 791. View at Publisher
  47. Drąg, M. , Chapter 478 – OTU1 Peptidase Handbook of Proteolytic Enzymes 2013, 2, 2121. View at Publisher
  48. Drąg, M. , Chapter 532 – SENP8 Peptidase Handbook of Proteolytic Enzymes 2013, 2, 2379. View at Publisher
  49. Drąg, M.; Wieczerzak, E.; Pawełczak, M.; Berlicki, Ł.; Grzonka, Z.; Kafarski, P., Toward very potent, non-covalent organophosphonate inhibitors of cathepsin C and related enzymes by 2-amino-1-hydroxy-alkanephosphonates dipeptides. Biochemie 2013, 95, 1640. View at Publisher
  50. Zeiler, E.; List, A.; Alte, F.; Gersch, M.; Wachtel, R.; Poręba, M.; Drąg, M.; Groll, M.; Sieber, S.A., Structural and functional insights into caseinolytic proteases reveal an unprecedented regulation principle of their catalytic triad. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 2013, 110, 11302. View at Publisher
  51. Kannan Sivaraman,K.; Paiardini, A.; Sieńczyk, M.; Ruggeri, C.; Oellig, C. A.; Dalton, J. P.; Scammells, P. J.; Drag, M.; McGowan , S., Synthesis and Structure-Activity Relationships of Phosphonic Arginine Mimetics as Inhibitors of the M1 and M17 Aminopeptidases from Plasmodium falciparum. J. Med. Chem. 2013, 56, 5213. View at Publisher
  52. Poręba, M.; Stróżyk, A.; Salvesen, G.S.; Drag, M. , Caspase Substrates and Inhibitors. Cold Spring Harb. Perspect. Biol. 2013, 5, 1. View at Publisher
  53. Poreba, M.; McGowan, S.; Skinner-Adams, T. S.; Trenholme, K. R.; Gardiner, D. L.; Whisstock, J. C.; To, J.; Salvesen, G. S.; Dalton, J. P.; Drąg, M., Fingerprinting the Substrate Specificity of M1 and M17 Aminopeptidases of Human Malaria, Plasmodium Falciparum. PLoS One 2012, 7, 31938. View at Publisher
  54. Gajda, A. D.; Pawleczak, M.; Drąg, M., Substrate specificity screening of oat (Avena sativa) seeds aminopeptidase demonstrate unusually broad tolerance in S1 pocket. Plant Physiol. Biochem. 2012, 54, 6. View at Publisher
  55. Poręba, M.; Gajda, A.; Picha, J.; Jiracek, J.; Marschner, A.; Klein, C.; Salvesen, G. S.; Drąg, M., S1 pocket fingerprints of human and bacterial methionine aminopeptidases determined using fluorogenic libraries of substrates and phosphorus based inhibitors. Biochimie 2012, 94, 704. View at Publisher
  56. Bekes, M.; Drąg, M., Trojan horse strategies used by pathogens to influence the SUMO system of host eukaryotic cells. J. Innate Immun. 2012, 4, 159. View at Publisher
  57. Sivaraman, K.K.; Oellig, C.A.; Huynh, K.; Atkinson, S.C.; Poreba, M.; Perugini, M.A.; Trenholme, K.R.; Gardiner, D.L.; Salvesen, G.; Drag, M.; Dalton, J.P.; Whisstock, J.C.; McGowan, S., X-ray crystal structure and specificity of the Plasmodium falciparum malaria aminopeptidase PfM18AAP. J. Mol. Biol. 2012, 422, 495. View at Publisher
  58. Veillard, F.; Potempa, B.; Poreba, M.; Drag, M.; Potempa, J., Gingipain aminopeptidase activities in Porphyromonas gingivalis. Biol. Chem. 2012, 393, 1471. View at Publisher
  59. Aleshin, A.E.; Marcin Drag, M.; Gombosuren, N.; Wei, G.; Mikolajczyk, J.; Arnold C. Satterthwait, A.C.; Strongin, A. Y.; Liddington, R.C.; Salvesen, G.S., Activity, Specificity and Probe Design for the Smallpox Virus Protease K7L. J. Biol. Chem. 2012, 287, 47. View at Publisher
  60. Kasperkiewicz, P.; Gajda, A. D.; Drąg, M., Current and prospective applications of non-proteinogenic amino acids in profiling of proteases substrate specificity Biol. Chem. 2012, 393, 843. View at Publisher
  61. Hachmann, J.; Snipas, S. J.; van Raam, B. J.; Cancino, E. M.; Houlihan, E. J.; Poreba, M.; Kasperkiewicz, P.; Drag, M.; Salvesen, G. S., Mechanism and specificity of the human paracaspase MALT1 Biochem. J. 2012, 443, 287. View at Publisher
  62. Ponder, E. L.; Albrow, V. E.; Leader, B. A.; Bekes, M.; Mikolajczyk, J.; Pecar Fonovic, U.; Shen, A.; Drąg, M.; Xiao, J.; Deu, E.; Campbell, A. J.; Powers, J. C.; Salvesen, G. S.; Bogyo, M. , Functional Characterization of a SUMO Deconjugating Protease of Plasmodium falciparum Using Newly Identified Small Molecule Inhibitors. Chemistry & Biology 2011, 18, 711. View at Publisher
  63. Volle, J.-N.; Filippini, D.; Midrier, C.; Sobecki, M.; Drąg, M.; Virieux, D.; Pirat, J.-L., Revisited Synthesis of Aryl-H-phosphinates. Synthesis 2011, 2011, 2490. View at Publisher
  64. Zervoudi, E.; Papakyriakou, A.; Georgiadou, D.; Evnouchidou, I.; Gajda, A.; Poręba, M.; Salvesen, G. S.; Drąg, M.; Hattori, A.; Swevers, L.; Vourloumis, D.; Stratikos, E., Probing the S1 specificity pocket of the aminopeptidases that generate antigenic peptides. Biochem J. 2011, 435, 411. View at Publisher
  65. Boucher, D.; Blais, V.; Drąg, M.; Denault, J.-B., Molecular determinants involved in activation of caspase 7. Biosci Rep. 2011, 31, 283. View at Publisher
  66. Pop, C.; Oberst, A.; Drąg, M.; Van Raam, B. J.; Riedl, S. J.; Green, D. R.; Salvesen, G. S. , FLIP(L) induces caspase 8 activity in the absence of interdomain caspase 8 cleavage and alters substrate specificity. Biochem J. 2011, 433, 447. View at Publisher
  67. Skinner-Adams, T. S.; Stack, C. M.; Trenholme, K. R.; Brown, C. L.; Grembecka, J.; Lowther, J.; Mucha, A.; Drag, M.; Kafarski, P.; McGowan, S.; Whisstock, J. C.; Gardiner, D. L.; Dalton, J. P., Plasmodium falciparum neutral aminopeptidases: new targets for anti-malarials. Trends Biochem. Sci. 2010, 35, 53. View at Publisher
  68. Mucha, A.; Drą…g, M.; Dalton, J. P.; Kafarski, P., Metallo-aminopeptidase inhibitors. Biochimie 2010, 92, 1509. View at Publisher
  69. Drąg, M.; Bogyo, M.; Ellman, J. A.; Salvesen, G. S. , Aminopeptidase fingerprints. An integrated approach for identification of good substrates and optimal inhibitors. J. Biol. Chem. 2010, 285, 3310. View at Publisher
  70. Grzywa, R.; Oleksyszyn, J.; Salvesen, G. S.; Drąg, M. , Identification of very potent inhibitor of human aminopeptidase N (CD13). Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. 2010, 20, 2497. View at Publisher
  71. Shu, C.-W.; Drąg, M.; Bekes, M.; Zhai, D.; Salvesen, G. S.; Reed, J. C., Synthetic substrates for measuring activity of autophagy proteases: autophagins (Atg4). Autophagy 2010, 6, 936. View at Publisher
  72. Wachmann, K.; Pop, C.; van Raam, B. J.; Drąg, M.; Mace, P. D.; Snipas, S. J.; Zmasek, C.; Schwarzenbacher, R.; Salvesen, G. S.; Riedl, S. J., Activation and specificity of human caspase-10. Biochemistry 2010, 49, 8307. View at Publisher
  73. Kolli, N.; Mikolajczyk, J.; Drąg, M.; Mukhopadhyay, D.; Moffatt, N.; Dasso, M.; Salvesen, G. S.; Wilkinson, K. D., Distribution and paralogue specificity of mammalian deSUMOylating enzymes. Biochem. J. 2010, 430, 335. View at Publisher
  74. Drąg, M.; Salvesen, G. S., Emerging principles in protease-based drug discovery. Nature Reviews Drug Discovery 2010, 9, 690. View at Publisher
  75. Poręba, M.; Drąg, M., Current strategies for probing substrate specificity of proteases. Curr. Med. Chem. 2010, 17, 3968. View at Publisher
  76. Podstawka, E.; Kudelski, A.; Drąg, M.; Oleksyszyn, J.; Proniewicz, L. M., Adsorbed states of substituted α-aminophosphinic acids on silver electrode surface. Comparison with colloidal silver substrate. J. Raman Spect. 2009, 11, 1578. View at Publisher
  77. Podstawka, E.; Drąg, M.; Oleksyszyn, J., Raman and surface-enhanced Raman studies of α-aminophosphinic inhibitors of metalloenzymes. J. Raman Spect. 2009, 11, 1564. View at Publisher
  78. Surowiak, P.; Drąg, M.; Materna, V.; Dietel, M.; Lage, H., Betulinic acid reveal stronger cytotoxic activity toward normal melanocyte cell line (NHEM-neo) than drug-resistant and drug-sensitive melanoma cell lines (MeWo). Mol. Med. Rep. 2009, 2, 543. View at Publisher
  79. Szczuraszek, K.; Materna, V.; Halon, A.; Mazur, G.; Wróbel, T.; Kuliczkowski, K.; Maciejczyk, A.; Zabel, M.; Drąg, M.; Dietel, M.; Lage, H.; Surowiak, P., Positive correlation between cyclooxygenase-2 and ABC-transporter expression in non-Hodgkin Oncol. Rep. 2009, 22, 1315. View at Publisher
  80. Walters, J.; Pop, C.; Scott, F. L.; Drąg, M.; Swartz, P.; Mattos, C.; Salvesen, G. S.; Clark, C. A., A constitutively active and uninhibitable caspase-3 zymogen efficiently induces apoptosis. Biochem. J. 2009, 424, 335. View at Publisher
  81. Drąg-Zalesińska, M.; Kulbacka, J.; Saczko, J.; Wysocka, T.; Zabel, M.; Surowiak, P.; Drąg, M., Esters of betulin and betulinic acid with amino acids have improved water solubility and are selectively cytotoxic toward cancer cells. Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. 2009, 19, 4814. View at Publisher
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