Candace Marie Pfefferkorn

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BACKGROUND Contradictory data exists concerning the prognosis of patients with synchronous bilateral breast cancer (SBBC). Most authors report a worse prognosis for SBBC patients compared to unilateral breast cancer (UBC) patients. There are a few studies that did not support these findings. This study gives a comprehensive picture of SBBC and tests the(More)
Membrane proteins participate in nearly all cellular processes; however, because of experimental limitations, their characterization lags far behind that of soluble proteins. Peripheral membrane proteins are particularly challenging to study because of their inherent propensity to adopt multiple and/or transient conformations in solution and upon membrane(More)
Understanding how environmental factors affect the conformational dynamics of alpha-synuclein (alpha-syn) is of great importance because the accumulation and deposit of aggregated alpha-syn in the brain are intimately connected to Parkinson's disease etiology. Measurements of steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence of single tryptophan-containing(More)
Gauging the interactions of a natively unfolded Parkinson disease-related protein, alpha-synuclein (α-syn) with membranes and its pathways between and within cells is important for understanding its pathogenesis. Here, to address these questions, we use a robust β-barrel channel, α-hemolysin, reconstituted into planar lipid bilayers. Transient, ~95%(More)
We create long polymer nanotubes by directly pulling on the membrane of polymersomes using either optical tweezers or a micropipette. The polymersomes are composed of amphiphilic diblock copolymers, and the nanotubes formed have an aqueous core connected to the aqueous interior of the polymersome. We stabilize the pulled nanotubes by subsequent chemical(More)
α-Synuclein (α-syn) membrane interactions are implicated in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease. Fluorescence and neutron reflectometry (NR) measurements reveal that α-syn penetrates ∼9-14 Å into the outer leaflet of the bilayer, with a substantial portion of the membrane-bound polypeptide extending into the aqueous solvent. For the first time, to our(More)
Pmel17 is a functional amyloidogenic protein whose fibrils act as scaffolds for pigment deposition in human skin and eyes. We have used the repeat domain (RPT, residues 315-444), an essential luminal polypeptide region of Pmel17, as a model system to study conformational changes from soluble unstructured monomers to β-sheet-containing fibrils. Specifically,(More)
In the Parkinson's disease-associated state, α-synuclein undergoes large conformational changes, forming ordered, β-sheet-containing fibrils. To unravel the role of specific residues during the fibril assembly process, we prepared single-Cys mutants in the disordered (G7C and Y136C) and proximal (V26C and L100C) fibril core sites and derivatized them with(More)
Mutations in glucocerebrosidase (GCase), the enzyme deficient in Gaucher disease, are a common genetic risk factor for the development of Parkinson disease and related disorders, implicating the role of this lysosomal hydrolase in the disease etiology. A specific physical interaction exists between the Parkinson disease-related protein α-synuclein (α-syn)(More)
The following study was undertaken to evaluate the level of slef-care activities of severely disabled patients discharged from the G. F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre to extended care units (FCU). The results may offer significant information with regard to the ongoing rehabilitation program at the Centre, and could have implications in terms of total(More)