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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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20.05.19

XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic

The ceremonial part of the XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society, at which the Medals of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic Societas Scientarium Bohemica Ad Laudem et Honorem and the awards of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories were presented, took place on Monday 20 May 2019 in the Great Hall of the Carolinum.

19.05.19

Bolzano lecture by prof. Kip S. Thorne

American physicist Kip S. Thorne, recipient of the Nobel Prize for 2017 for detection of gravitational waves, visited Prague at the invitation of he Learned Society. He held a series of “Bolzano lectures” and a lecture titled “Creating Gravitational-Wave Astronomy” for the Learned Society on 15 May 2019 in the Blue Auditorium of the Carolinum. The lecture was held with the support of the Karel Janeček Foundation and was received very enthusiastically.

07.05.19

XXV. General Assembly

The Czech Learned Society is holding its XXV. General Assembly on 20 and 21 May 2019. The Learned Society’s awards in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories, Teaching Awards for pedagogic workers who promote interest in science and research at grammar schools and the Learned Society’s medals for meritorious contributions to the advance of science will be presented during a ceremony on 20 May at the Karolinum. Lectures by renowned scientists will also be presented. The second day will be reserved for the working part of the meeting, in the building of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.