Albert Konijnenberg

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Mass spectrometry-based methods have become increasingly important in structural biology - in particular for large and dynamic, even heterogeneous assemblies of biomolecules. Native electrospray ionization coupled to ion mobility-mass spectrometry provides access to stoichiometry, size and architecture of noncovalent assemblies; while non-native approaches(More)
Liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS) of RNA-binding proteins plays an important role in the formation of multiple membrane-less organelles involved in RNA metabolism, including stress granules. Defects in stress granule homeostasis constitute a cornerstone of ALS/FTLD pathogenesis. Polar residues (tyrosine and glutamine) have been previously demonstrated(More)
We report the effects of binding of Mg(2+) to the second Ca(2+)-binding domain (CBD2) of the sodium-calcium exchanger. CBD2 is known to bind two Ca(2+) ions using its Ca(2+)-binding sites I and II. Here, we show by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), circular dichroism, isothermal titration calorimetry, and mutagenesis that CBD2 also binds Mg(2+) at both(More)
A mass spectrometer provides an ideal laboratory to probe the structure and stability of isolated protein ions. Interrogation of each discrete mass/charge-separated species enables the determination of the intrinsic stability of a protein fold, gaining snapshots of unfolding pathways. In solution, the metamorphic protein lymphotactin (Ltn) exists in(More)
The multisubunit cullin RING E3 ubiquitin ligases (CRLs) target post-translationally modified substrates for ubiquitination and proteasomal degradation. The suppressors of cytokine signaling (SOCS) proteins play important roles in inflammatory processes, diabetes, and cancer and therefore represent attractive targets for therapeutic intervention. The SOCS(More)
Top-down approaches for the characterization of intact proteins and macromolecular complexes are becoming increasingly popular, since they potentially simplify and speed up the assignment process. Here we demonstrate how, on a commercially available Q-TWIMS-TOF instrument, we performed top-down ETD of the native form of tetrameric alcohol dehydrogenase. We(More)
The intrinsically disordered and amyloidogenic protein α-synuclein (AS) has been linked to several neurodegenerative states, including Parkinson's disease. Here, nanoelectrospray-ionization mass spectrometry (nano-ESI-MS), ion mobility (IM), and native top-down electron transfer dissociation (ETD) techniques are employed to study AS interaction with small(More)
Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) form biologically active complexes that can retain a high degree of conformational disorder, escaping structural characterization by conventional approaches. An example is offered by the complex between the intrinsically disordered N(TAIL) domain and the phosphoprotein X domain (P(XD)) from measles virus (MeV). Here,(More)
Mechanosensitive ion channels are sensors probing membrane tension in all species; despite their importance and vital role in many cell functions, their gating mechanism remains to be elucidated. Here, we determined the conditions for releasing intact mechanosensitive channel of large conductance (MscL) proteins from their detergents in the gas phase using(More)
Direct interactions with lipids have emerged as key determinants of the folding, structure and function of membrane proteins, but an understanding of how lipids modulate protein dynamics is still lacking. Here, we systematically explored the effects of lipids on the conformational dynamics of the proton-powered multidrug transporter LmrP from Lactococcus(More)