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Holý Antonín

Prof. RNDr., DrSc.
Born September 1, 1936

  • Organic chemistry
  • Member of Learned Society since 1999

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1963-present, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry AS CR (IOCB);
  • 1967, senior scientist;
  • 1983, Head, nucleic acid chemistry group;
  • 1986, DrSc.;
  • 1987, Head, Bioorganic Chemistry Department;
  • 1994-2002, Director, IOCB

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
  • International Society for Antiviral Research
  • International Society of Nuclear Acids Chemistry
  • American Society for Microbiology

Notable awards:

  • 1998, Dr.h.c., Palacký University, Olomouc
  • 1998, Hanuš Medal, Czechoslovak Chemical Society
  • 1999, Descartes Prize of European Union
  • 2001, Elion Award, International Society for Antiviral Research
  • 2002, State Medal „For Merit“
  • 2004, Honorary Medal, AS CR, “De Scientia et humanitate optime meritis“

Selected publications:

  • De Clercq E., Holý A., Rosenberg I., Sakuma T., Balzarini J., Maudgal P. C.: A novel selective broad-spectrum anti-DNA virus agent. Nature 323, 464-467, 1986
  • De Clercq E., Sakuma T., Baba M., Pauwels R., Balzarini J., Rosenberg I., Holý A.: Antiviral activity of phosphonylmethoxyalkyl derivatives of purine and pyrimidines. Antiviral Res. 8, 261-272, 1987
  • Snoeck R., Sakuma T., De Clercq E., Rosenberg I., Holý A.: (S)-1-(3-hydroxy-2-phosphonylmethoxypropyl)cytosine, a potent and selective inhibitor of human cytomegalovirus replication. Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. 32, 1839-1844, 1988
  • Balzarini J., Naesens L., Herdewijn P., Rosenberg I., Holý A., Pauwels R., Baba M., Johns D. G., De Clercq E.: Marked in vivo antiretrovirus activity of 9-(2-phosphonylmethoxyethyl)adenine, a selective anti-human immunodeficiency virus agent. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 86, 332-336, 1989
  • Balzarini J., Holý A., Jindrich J., Naesens L., Snoeck R., Schols D., De Clercq E.: Differential antiherpesvirus and antiretrovirus effects of the (S) and (R) enantiomers of acyclic nucleoside phosphonates: potent and selective in vitro and in vivo antiretrovirus activities of (R)-9-(2-phospho-nomethoxypropyl)-2,6-diaminopurine. Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. 37, 332-338, 1993
  • Holý A., Gunter J., Dvořáková H., Masojídková M., Andrei G., Snoeck R., Balzarini J., De Clercq E.: Structure-antiviral activity relationship in the series of pyrimidine and purine N-[2-(2-phospho-nomethoxy)ethyl] nucleotide analogues. 1. Derivatives substituted at the carbon atoms of the base. J. Med. Chem. 42, 2064-2086, 1999
  • Holý A., Votruba I., Tloušťová E., Masojídková M.: Synthesis and cytostatic activity of N-[2-(phosphonomethoxy)alkyl] derivatives of N6-sub-stituted adenines, 2,6-diaminopurines and related compounds. Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 66, 1545-1592, 2001
  • Balzarini J., Pannecouque C., De Clercq E., Aquaro S., Perno C. F., Egberink H., Holý A.: Antiretrovirus activity of a novel class of acyclic pyrimidine nucleoside phosphonates. Antimicrob. Agents Chemother 46, 2185-2193, 2002
  • Holý A., Votruba I., Masojidková M., Andrei G., Snoeck R., Naesens L., De Clercq E., Balzarini J.: 6-[2-(Phosphonomethoxy)alkoxy]pyrimidines with antiviral activity. J. Med. Chem. 45, 1918-1929, 2002
  • Keith K. A., Hitchcock M. J. M., Lee W. A., Holý A., Kern E. R.: Evaluation of Phosphonate Nucleotides, Their Analogs and Prodrugs for Inhibition of Orthopoxvirus Replication. Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. 47, 2193-2198, 2003

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26.06.20

Reaction to the case of Tomáš Hudlický: Members of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic support the freedom of expression

„We believe that free exchange of ideas is a key condition for the pursuit of truth and that the honest opinions should be scrutinized, challenged or rebutted but not censored or suppressed,“ say 45 members of the Learned Society in a statement regarding the retracted opinion paper by Prof. Tomáš Hudlický.

24.06.20

The letter by Jan Konvalinka to the President and Vice-Chancellor of the Brock University regarding the retracted article of Prof. Tomáš Hudlický

Opinions could and should be challenged, questioned or refuted but never silenced. In order to be able to think, we have to have the right to inquire, question and even offend or be mistaken,” writes Assoc. Prof. Jan Konvalinka, a biochemist at the IOCB Prague and the Vice-Rector of the Charles University, to Gervan Fearon.

27.11.19

Prof Miroslav Bárta receives the Česká hlava National Government Award

Learned Society member, Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Bárta, Dr. (Charles University Faculty of Arts) received the Česká hlava (Czech Head) National Government Award on 25 November 2019. A renowned Czech Egyptologist and archaeologist, Professor Bárta researches the history of ancient civilisations, the human relationship to the natural environment, and also for many years the evolution of complex societies. He leads the Czech Institute of Egyptology for archaeological and environmental research in Egypt and Sudan. His principal research interest is the period of the pyramid builders of the Old Kingdom.