Anthony K. Mittermaier

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There is growing evidence that structural flexibility plays a central role in the function of protein molecules. Many of the experimental data come from nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, a technique that allows internal motions to be probed with exquisite time and spatial resolution. Recent methodological advancements in NMR have extended our(More)
Allosteric transmission of information between distant sites in biological macromolecules often involves collective transitions between active and inactive conformations. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy can yield detailed information on these dynamics. In particular, relaxation dispersion techniques provide structural, dynamic, and mechanistic(More)
Low solubility is a major stumbling block in the detailed structural and functional characterization of many proteins and isolated protein domains. The production of some proteins in a soluble form may only be possible through alteration of their sequences by mutagenesis. The feasibility of this approach has been demonstrated in a number of cases where(More)
Recently developed 2H spin relaxation experiments are applied to study the dynamics of methyl-containing side-chains in the B1 domain of protein L and in a pair of point mutants of the domain, F22L and A20V. X-ray and NMR studies of the three variants of protein L studied here establish that their structures are very similar, despite the fact that the F22L(More)
G-quadruplexes (GQs) are 4-stranded DNA structures formed by tracts of stacked, Hoogsteen-hydrogen bonded guanosines. GQs are found in gene promoters and telomeres where they regulate gene transcription and telomere elongation. Though GQ structures are well-characterized, many aspects of their conformational dynamics are poorly understood. For example, when(More)
i-Motifs are four-stranded DNA structures consisting of two parallel DNA duplexes held together by hemi-protonated and intercalated cytosine base pairs (C:CH(+)). They have attracted considerable research interest for their potential role in gene regulation and their use as pH responsive switches and building blocks in macromolecular assemblies. At neutral(More)
Isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) is commonly used to determine the thermodynamic parameters associated with the binding of a ligand to a host macromolecule. ITC has some advantages over common spectroscopic approaches for studying host/ligand interactions. For example, the heat released or absorbed when the two components interact is directly measured(More)
α-Synuclein is an intrinsically disordered protein whose aggregation is associated with Parkinson's disease and other related neurodegenerative disorders. Recently, two single-domain camelid antibodies (nanobodies) were shown to bind α-synuclein with high affinity. Herein, we investigated how these two nanobodies (NbSyn2 and NbSyn87), which are directed to(More)
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