Dr. Roni Kasher

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I. Willner, R. Kasher, E. Zahavy and N. Lapidot (1992). Electron-transfer communication between redox-functionalized polymers and the active center of the enzyme glutathione reductase. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 114, 10963-10964. Full article


I. Willner, E. Katz, A. Riklin and R. Kasher (1992). Mediated electron transfer in glutathione reductase organized in self-assembled monolayers on au electrodes. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 114, 10965-10966. Full article


A. Vengosh, K. G. Heumann, S. Jura'ske and R. Kasher (1994). Boron isotope application for tracing sources of contamination in groundwater. Env. Sci. Tech. 28, 1968-1974. Abstract Full article


I. Willner, N. Lapidot, A. Riklin, R. Kasher, E. Zehavy and E. Katz (1994). Electron-transfer communication in glutathione reductase assemblies: eletrocatalytic, photocatalytic, and catalytic systems for the reduction of oxidized glutathione. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 116, 1428-1441. Abstract Full article


G. Bitan, D. Muller, R. Kasher, E. V. Gluhov and C. Gilon (1997). Building units for n-backbone cyclic peptides. Part 4. Synthesis of n-omega-functionalized amino acids by reductive alkylation of natural amino acids. J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. I, 1501-1510. Abstract Full article


R. Kasher, G. Bitan, C. Halloun and C. Gilon (1998). Synthesis of a bicyclic BPTI mimetic containing 4-thioproline replacing Cys(38). Letters in Peptide Science 5, 101-103. Abstract Full article


R. Kasher, D. A. Oren, Y. Barda and C. Gilon (1999). Miniaturized proteins: the backbone cyclic proteinomimetic approach. J. Mol. Biol. 292, 421-429. Abstract Full article


R. Kasher, M. Balass, T. Scherf, M. Fridkin, S. Fuchs and E. Katchalski-Katzir (2001). Design and synthesis of peptides that bind alpha-bungarotoxin with high affinity. Chemistry & Biology 8, 147-155. Abstract Full article
This work is featured in the quarterly publication of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot.


T. Scherf, R. Kasher, M. Balass, M. Fridkin, S. Fuchs and E. Katchalski-Katzir (2001). A beta-hairpin structure in a 13-mer peptide that binds alpha-bungarotoxin with high-affinity and neutralizes its toxicity. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 98, 6629-6634. Abstract Full article


M. Harel*, R. Kasher*, A. Nicolas, J. M. Guss, M. Balass, M. Fridkin, A. B. Smit, K. Brejc, T. Sixma, E. Katchalski-Katzir, J. L. Sussman and S. Fuchs (2001). The structure of the binding site of the acetylcholine receptor as visualized in the X-ray structure of a complex between alpha-bungarotoxin and a high affinity mimotope peptide. Neuron 32, 265-275. Abstract Full article
* Contributed equally to this study.
This paper was previewed by Arthur Karlin, Columbia University (USA), in a separate article: A. Karlin (2001). Of Snakes, Snails and Surrogates. Neuron 32, 173-174.


N. Venkatesh, Y. Zaltsman, D. Somjen, B. Gayer, E. Boopathi, R. Kasher, T. Kulik, E. Katchalski-Katzir and F. Kohen (2002). A peptide with estrogen-like activity derived from a phage-display peptide library. Peptides, 23, 573-580. Abstract Full article


E. Katchalski-Katzir, R. Kasher, M. Balass, T. Scherf, M. Harel, M. Fridkin, J. L. Sussman and S. Fuchs (2003). Design and synthesis of peptides that bind ?-bungarotoxin with high affinity and mimic the three-dimensional structure of the binding-site of acetylcholine receptor. Biophysical Chemistry, 100, 293-305Abstract Full article


S. Fuchs, R. Kasher, M. Balass, T. Scherf, M. Harel, M. Fridkin, J. L. Sussman and E. Katchalski-Katzir (2003). The binding site of acetylcholine receptor: from synthetic peptides to solution and crystal structure. Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci. 998, 93-100.
Abstract Full article


R. Kasher, B. Gayer, T. Kulik, D. Somjen, M. Fridkin, E. Katchalski-Katzir and F. Kohen (2004). Design, synthesis and evaluation of synthetic peptides with estrogen-like activity. Biopolymers 76, 404-420. Abstract Full article

15. R. Kasher. Membrane-based water treatment technologies: Recent achievements, and new challenges for a chemist. Invited review paper for Bulletin of the Israel Chemical Society, issue 24, 10-18 (2009).
16. K. Berliner, E. Hershkovitz, Z. Ronen and R. Kasher (2009). Immobilization of Antimicrobial Peptides on Reverse Osmosis Polyamide Membranes: Potential Biofilm Inhibitors? Peptides for youth - the proceedings of the 20th American peptide symposium. Book Series: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 611, 241-242.

R. Kasher, A. Bajayo, Y. Gabet, N. Nevo, M. Fridkin, F. Kohen, E. Katchalski-Katzir and I. Bab (2009). Restrain of bone growth by Estrogen-Mimetic Peptide-1 (EMP-1): A micro-computed tomographic study. Peptides 30, 1181-1186.


D. Somjen, E. Knoll, B. Gayer, R. Kasher, F. Kohen, N. Stern (2010). The effects of peptides with estrogen-like activity on cell proliferation and energy metabolism in human derived vascular smooth muscle cells. J. Cellular Biochemistry; 110(5), 1142-1146


Z. Steiner#, H. Rapaport, Y. Oren and R. Kasher (2010). Effect of surface-exposed chemical groups on calcium-phosphate mineralization in water-treatment systems. Environmental Science & Technology, 44, 7937-7943

This article was highlighted in the magazine Chemical & Engineering News (by Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay, Nov. 3rd, 2010

URL: http://pubs.acs.org/cen/news/88/i41/8841news.html

Z. Steiner, Jing Miao and R. Kasher (2011). Development of an oligoamide coating as a surface mimetic for aromatic polyamide films used in reverse osmosis membranes. Chemical Communications, 47 (8), 2384-2386

21. M.  Herzberg, A. Sweity, M. Brami, Y. Kaufman, V. Freger, G. Oron, S. Belfer, and R. Kasher, (2011). Surface properties and reduced biofouling of graft-copolymers that possess oppositely charged groups. Biomacromolecules 12 (4), 1169-1177
22. Eshet, V. Freger, R. Kasher, M. Herzberg, J. Lei, and M. Ulbricht (2011). Chemical and physical factors in design of antibiofouling polymer coatings. Biomacromolecules, 12, 2681-2685
23. Alison E. Contreras, Zvi Steiner, Jing Miao, Roni Kasher, and Qilin Li* (2011). Studying the Role of Common Membrane Surface Functionalities on Adsorption and Cleaning of Organic Foulants Using QCM-D. Environmental Science & Technology, 45, 6309-6315
24. Yair Kaufman, Roni Kasher, Rob G.H. Lammertink, and Viatcheslav Freger (2012). Microfluidic NF/RO Separation: Cell Design, Performance and Application. J. Memb. Sci., 396, 67-73
25. Bara Wahbeh, Tareq Abu Hamed and Roni Kasher (2012). Hydrogen and boric acid production via boron hydrolysis. Renewable Energy 48, 10-15
26. Vitaliy Pipich, Yara Dahdal, Hanna Rapaport, Roni Kasher, Yoram Oren, Dietmar Schwahn (2013). The effect of organic matter on calcium mineral formation - A basic research on scaling of reverse osmosis membranes in desalination of wastewater using small-angle neutron scattering. Langmuir 29, 7607-7617
27. Bara Wahbeh, Samuel Tell, Tareq Abu-Hamed and Roni Kasher (2013). Kinetics of boron hydrolysis for hydrogen production. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 38, 6210-6214

Invited Reviews

R1. E. Katchalski-Katzir, R. Kasher and M. Fridkin. Amino acids, physicochemical properties (2006). In Encyclopedic Reference of Genomics and Proteomics in Molecular Medicine, Ganten, D. and Ruckpaul, K. (Eds.), Springer. Abstract Full article
R2. S. Fuchs, R. Kasher, M. Balass, T. Scherf, M. Harel, M. Fridkin, J. L. Sussman and E. Katchalski-Katzir (2004). The binding site for alpha-bungarotoxin in the acetylcholine receptor: From synthetic peptides to solution and crystal structure. In Cholinergic Mechanisms: Function and Disfunction. I. Silman, H. Sorek, L. Anglister, D. Michaelson and A. Fisher (Eds.), Taylor & Francis Group, UK, pp 19-25. Full article


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Willner, E. Katz, A. Riklin, R. Kasher and B. Shoham. Electrobiochemical analytical method and electrodes. Application in Israel no. 102930, 25.8.1992
2. Kohen, Fortune; Natarajan, Venkatesh; Kasher, Ron; Fridkin, Matityahu; Katchalski-katzir, Ephraim.   Peptides mimicking the biological activity of steroid hormones, and their therapeutic uses.    PCT Int. Appl.  (2001),     CODEN: PIXXD2  WO  2001074846  A2  20011011  CAN 135:283229  AN 2001:747817    CAPLUS
3. I. Nathan, R. Kasher, A. Parola, J. Lerner-Yardeni, and A. Cohen. Methods For Inhibiting Necrosis. International application no. PCT/IL2011/000182
4. R. Kasher, E. Banin and Z. Ronen. Membranes for water treatment and production thereof; Provisional application ref 11-065, no. 61/267,099, Dec 2009; PCT no. PCT/IL2010/01034, Dec. 2010, USA
5. R. Kasher, S. H. Gellman, S. Avneri, J. Zhang, M.Y. Lutskiy, S. S. Stahl. Immobilization of antimicrobial polymers on RO membrane to reduce biofilm growth and biofouling. Provisional application no. 61/497,066, June 2011

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