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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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25.07.19

Luboš Perek is celebrating his 100th year

Founding fellow of the Learned Society and its doyen, astronomer doc. RNDr. Luboš Perek, DrSc, is celebrating his 100th birthday on 26 July 2019. He is an indelible part of history as the person who helped define cosmic space, he was the first to point out the issue of cosmic waste and was also a teacher to the most important Czechoslovak astronomers. Let us express our respect and admiration of the extraordinary scientific career of a person who worked tirelessly and continues to work. The Learned Society wishes Mr Perek health, optimism and joy in the oncoming years.

23.07.19

The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic has appealed to the Hungarian President to support academic freedom

On Friday 19 July the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Learned Society of the Czech Republic sent a letter to Hungarian President János Ánder, in which they state their concerns regarding the situation in respect to management and funding of scientific activities in Hungary. An act, according to which not the Academy of Sciences, but a thirteen-member political committee, will decide on research, funding of scientific activities and establishment or closure of scientific workplaces, will come into force on 1 September.

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