Brenda Pedersen

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The biosynthetic enzyme for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, choline acetyltransferase (ChAT) (E.C., is essential for the development and neuronal activities of cholinergic systems involved in many fundamental brain functions. ChAT catalyzes the transfer of an acetyl group from acetyl-coenzyme A to choline to form the neurotransmitter(More)
Choline acetyltransferase (ChAT) catalyzes the biosynthesis of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from acetyl-CoA and choline in cholinergic neurons. Rat ChAT (rChAT) was overexpressed in Escherichia coli, purified by affinity chromatography and crystallized. Diffraction data were collected from a single crystal under cryoconditions at the F1 beamline at(More)
We report the crystal structure of a binary complex of human peroxisomal carnitine acetyltransferase and the substrate l-carnitine, refined to a resolution of 1.8 Angstrom with an R(factor) value of 18.9% (R(free)=22.3%). L-carnitine binds to a preformed pocket in the active site tunnel of carnitine acetyltransferase aligned with His(322). The quaternary(More)
Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is an aggressive serosal tumor associated with asbestos exposure. We previously demonstrated that mesothelial cells differentiate into cells of different mesenchymal lineages and hypothesize that osseous tissue observed in a subset of MM patients is due to local differentiation of MM cells. In this study, the capacity of human(More)
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