Alexey V. Krasnoslobodtsev

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Alpha-synuclein (α-Syn) is a 140 aa presynaptic protein which belongs to a group of natively unfolded proteins that are unstructured in aqueous solutions. The aggregation rate of α-Syn is accelerated in the presence of physiological levels of cellular polyamines. Here we applied single molecule AFM force spectroscopy to characterize the effect of spermidine(More)
SfiI belongs to a family of restriction enzymes that function as tetramers, binding two recognition regions for the DNA cleavage reaction. The SfiI protein is an attractive and convenient model for studying synaptic complexes between DNA and proteins capable of site-specific binding. The enzymatic action of SfiI has been very well characterized. However,(More)
Misfolding and subsequent aggregation of alpha-synuclein (α-Syn) protein are critically involved in the development of several neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's disease (PD). Three familial single point mutations, A30P, E46K, and A53T, correlate with early onset PD; however, the molecular mechanism of the effects of these mutations on the(More)
A single-molecule analysis was applied to study the dynamics of synaptic and presynaptic DNA-protein complexes (binding of two DNA and one DNA duplex, respectively). In the approach used in this study, the protein was tethered to a surface, allowing a freely diffusing fluorescently labeled DNA to bind to the protein, thus forming a presynaptic complex. The(More)
Environmental factors, such as acidic pH, facilitate the assembly of α-synuclein (α-Syn) in aggregates, but the impact of pH on the very first step of α-Syn aggregation remains elusive. Recently, we developed a single-molecule approach that enabled us to measure directly the stability of α-Syn dimers. Unlabeled α-Syn monomers were immobilized on a(More)
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