André Strauss

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In an effort to find new pharmacological modalities to overcome resistance to ATP-binding-site inhibitors of Bcr-Abl, we recently reported the discovery of GNF-2, a selective allosteric Bcr-Abl inhibitor. Here, using solution NMR, X-ray crystallography, mutagenesis and hydrogen exchange mass spectrometry, we show that GNF-2 binds to the myristate-binding(More)
The genetic maps of the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe were extended through the use of haploidization (spontaneous or induced by m-fluorophenylalanine), as well as by tetrad, random spore and mitotic analysis. A new diploidization method utilizing a meiosis-deficient mutant and improved haploidization techniques was employed. As a result of these(More)
To understand the structural basis for bisphosphonate therapy of bone diseases, we solved the crystal structures of human farnesyl pyrophosphate synthase (FPPS) in its unliganded state, in complex with the nitrogen-containing bisphosphonate (N-BP) drugs zoledronate, pamidronate, alendronate, and ibandronate, and in the ternary complex with zoledronate and(More)
The crystal structure of the ligand binding domain (LBD) of the estrogen-related receptor alpha (ERRalpha, NR3B1) complexed with a coactivator peptide from peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor coactivator-1alpha (PGC-1alpha) reveals a transcriptionally active conformation in the absence of a ligand. This is the first x-ray structure of ERRalpha LBD,(More)
A mutation in the tub gene leads to maturity-onset obesity, insulin resistance, and progressive retinal and cochlear degeneration in mice. tub is a member of a growing family of genes that encode proteins of unknown function that are remarkably conserved across species. The absence of obvious transmembrane domain(s) or signal sequence peptide motif(s)(More)
Current structural understanding of kinases is largely based on x-ray crystallographic studies, whereas very little data exist on the conformations and dynamics that kinases adopt in the solution state. ABL kinase is an important drug target in the treatment of chronic myelogenous leukemia. Here, we present the first characterization of ABL kinase in(More)
Recombinant, normal human medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (MCADH) and the common, human disease-causing K304E mutant ([Glu304]MCADH) protein were expressed in Escherichia coli using an optimized system, and the enzymes were purified to apparent homogeneity. The crucial factor leading to the production of active [Glu304]MCADH protein is the expression in(More)
This report shows for the first time the efficient uniform isotope labeling of a recombinant protein expressed using Baculovirus-infected insect cells. The recent availability of suitable media for (15)N- and (13)C/(15)N-labeling in insect cells, the high expression of Abl kinase in these labeling media and a suitable labeling protocol made it possible to(More)
Yeast phosphofructokinase is a heterooctameric enzyme subject to a complex allosteric regulation. A mutation in the PFK1 gene, encoding the larger -subunits, rendering the enzyme insensitive to allosteric inhibition by ATP was found to be caused by an exchange of proline 728 for a leucine residue. By in vitro mutagenesis, we introduced this mutation in(More)
Initial studies with angiogenesis inhibitors showed little clinical benefit. However, recently reported clinical studies in colorectal cancer have shown that bevacizumab, a vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) monoclonal antibody, in combination with cytotoxic therapy has positive effects on patient survival. Furthermore, the VEGF receptor kinase(More)