Barbara Lelj-Garolla

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The translocon is a membrane-embedded protein assembly that catalyzes protein movement across membranes. The core translocon, the SecYEG complex, forms oligomers, but the protein-conducting channel is at the center of the monomer. Defining the properties of the SecYEG protomer is thus crucial to understand the underlying function of oligomerization. We(More)
The small heat shock protein 27 (Hsp27) is an oligomeric, molecular chaperone in vitro. This chaperone activity and other physiological roles attributed to Hsp27 have been reported to depend on the state of self-association. In the present work, we have used sedimentation velocity experiments to demonstrate that the self-association of Hsp27 is independent(More)
Human Hsp27 oligomerizes in vivo in a phosphorylation-dependent manner that regulates the functional activity of the protein. We have studied the self-association of wild-type Hsp27 by both sedimentation velocity and sedimentation equilibrium analysis and established that the protein forms an equilibrium mixture of monomers/dimers, tetramers, 12-mers and(More)
The small heat shock protein 27 (Hsp27 or HSPB1) is an oligomeric molecular chaperone in vitro that is associated with several neuromuscular, neurological, and neoplastic diseases. Although aspects of Hsp27 biology are increasingly well known, understanding of the structural basis for these involvements or of the functional properties of the protein remains(More)
The functional properties of the recombinant C-terminal dimerization domain of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa Fur (ferric uptake regulator) protein expressed in and purified from Escherichia coli have been evaluated. Sedimentation velocity measurements demonstrate that this domain is dimeric, and the UV CD spectrum is consistent with a secondary structure(More)
Campylobacter jejuni is a leading bacterial cause of food-borne illness in the developed world. Like most pathogens, C. jejuni requires iron that must be acquired from the host environment. Although the iron preference of the food-borne pathogen C. jejuni is not established, this organism possesses heme transport systems to acquire iron. ChaN is an(More)
Binding of divalent metal ions to human hemopexin (Hx) purified by a new protocol has been characterized by metal ion affinity chromatography and potentiometric titration in the presence and absence of bound protoheme IX. ApoHx was retained by variously charged metal affinity chelate resins in the following order: Ni(2+) > Cu(2+) > Co(2+) > Zn(2+) > Mn(2+).(More)
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most frequent cause of death from cancer worldwide. Despite the availability of active chemotherapy regimens and EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors, all advanced patients develop recurrent disease after first-line therapy. Although Hsp27 is a stress-induced chaperone that promotes acquired resistance in several(More)
Calmodulin (CaM) is composed of two EF-hand domains tethered by a flexible linker. Upon Ca2+-binding, a fragment of CaM encompassing EF-hands 2 and 3 (CaM2/3; residues 46-113) folds into a structure remarkably similar to the N- and C-domains of CaM. In this study, we demonstrate that Ca2+-ligated CaM2/3 can also bind to a peptide representing the(More)
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