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Konvalinka Jan

Born January 21, 1963 in Chomutov

  • Biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Member of Learned Society since 2003

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1981, graduate, academic secondary school, Litvínov;
  • 1986, study of biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Charles University;
  • 1987-1991, post-graduate studies, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, AS CR; defended thesis Substrate specificity of retroviral proteases (supervisor Petr Štrop, PhD);
  • 2003, Associate Professor of biochemistry, FS CU

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1987-1991, internal PhD. Student, IOCB CSAS and AS CR;
  • 1991-1997, junior scientist, IOCB CSAS and AS CR;
  • 1997-present, senior scientist, IOCB, AS CR;
  • 1999-present, Head, Proteases of Human Pathogens Group, Department of the Biochemistry of Proteins, IOCB, AS CR;
  • 1996-1999, assistant lecturer, Department of Biochemistry, FS CU (half-time);
  • 2004-present, Associate Professor

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies:

  • Member, Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology;
  • 1996-present, Secretary, Czech National Committee for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology;
  • 1996-1998, Chairman, Council for Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Grant Agency of AS CR;
  • 1990-1992, 1996-2000, member, Scientific Council of IOCB, AS CR;
  • 2002-present, Chairman, Scientific Council, IOCB, AS CR;
  • 1998-present, external member, Scientific Council, Institute of Molecular Genetics, AS CR

Notable awards:

  • 1997, Award, Learned Society (for biochemistry)
  • 2002, Otto Wichterle Premium, Academic Council, AS CR
  • 2003, Award, Minister of Health

Selected publications:

  • Bařinka C., Šácha P., Sklenář J., Man P., Bezouška K., Slusher B.S. and Kon-valinka J: Identification of the N-glycosylation Sites on Glutamate Carboxy-peptidase II Necessary for Proteolytic Activity. Protein Sci. 13, 1627-1635 (2004).
  • Stříšovský K., Jirásková J., Bařinka C., Majer P., Rojas C., Slusher B.S. and Konvalinka J.: Mouse brain serine racemase catalyzes specific elimination of L-Ser to pyruvate. FEBS Lett. 535, 44-48 (2003).
  • Weber J., Mesters J. R., Lepšík M., Prejdová J., Švec M., Šponarová J., Mlčochová P., Stříšovský K., Uhlíková T., Souček M., Machala M., Staňková M., Vondrášek J., Klimkait T., Kraeusslich H.-G., Hilgenfeld R. and Konvalinka J.: Unusual binding mode of an HIV-1 protease inhibitor explains its potency against multi-drug-resistant virus strains. J. Mol. Biol. 324, 739-754 (2002).
  • Bařinka C., Rinnová M., Šácha P., Rojas C., Majer P., Slusher B.S. and Konvalinka J.: Substrate Specificity, Inhibition and Enzymological Analysis of Recombinant Human Glutamate Carboxypeptidase II. J. Neurochem. 80 (3), 477-488 (2002).
  • Rinnová M. Hradilek M., Bařinka C., Weber J., Souček M., Vondrášek J., Klimkait T. and Konvalinka J.: A picomolar inhibitor of resistant strains of HIV PR identified by a combinatorial approach. Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 382, 22-30 (2000).
  • Konvalinka J., Litera J., Weber J., Vondrášek J., Hradilek M., Souček M., Pichová I., Majer P., Štrop P., Sedláček J., Heuser A.-M., Kottler H. and Kraeusslich H.-G.: Configurations of diastereomeric hydroxyethylene isosteres strongly afect biological activities of a series of specific inhibitors of human-immunodeficiency-virus proteinase. Eur. J. Biochem. 250, 559-566 (1997).
  • Konvalinka J., Loechelt M., Zentgraf H., Fluegel R. and Kraeusslich H.-G.: Active Foamy Virus Proteinase is Essential for Virus Infectivity but Not for Formation of a Pol Polyprotein. J. Virol. 69, 7264-7268 (1995).
  • Konvalinka J., Literst M.A., Welker R., Rippman F., Heuser A.-M. and Kraeusslich H.-G.: An active site mutation in the HIV-1 proteinase (PR) causes reduced PR activity and loss of PR mediated cytotoxicity without apparent effect on virus maturation and infectivity. J. Virol. 69, 7180-7186 (1995).
  • Konvalinka J., Hořejší M., Andreánsky M., Novek P., Pichová I., Bláha I., Fábry M., Sedláček J., Foundling S. and Štrop P.: A retroviral proteinase from myeloblastosis associated virus acquires pH dependence and substrate specificity of the HIV-1 proteinase. EMBO J. 11, 1141-1144 (1992).
  • Richards A.D., Phylip L.H., Farmerie W.G., Scarborough P.E., Alvarez A., Dunn B.M., Herve-Hirel Ph., Konvalinka J., Strop P., Pavlickova L., Kostka V. and Kay J.: Sensitive, soluble chromogenic substrates for HIV-1 proteinase. J. Biol. Chem. 265, 7733-7736 (1990).

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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.


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.


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.