Carolin Seuring

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The HET-s protein from the filamentous fungus Podospora anserina is a prion involved in a cell death reaction termed heterokaryon incompatibility. This reaction is observed at the point of contact between two genetically distinct strains when one harbors a HET-s prion (in the form of amyloid aggregates) and the other expresses a soluble HET-S protein (96%(More)
Prion diseases are associated with accumulation of the amyloid form of the prion protein, but the mechanisms of toxicity are unknown. Amyloid toxicity is also associated with fungal prions. In Podospora anserina, the simultaneous presence of [Het-s] prion and its allelic protein HET-S causes cell death in a self-/nonself-discrimination process. Here, using(More)
Amyloid polymorphism of twisted and straight β-endorphin fibrils was studied by negative-stain transmission electron microscopy, scanning transmission electron microscopy, and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Whereas fibrils assembled in the presence of salt formed flat, striated ribbons, in the absence of salt they formed mainly twisted(More)
Neuropeptides and peptide hormones are stored in the amyloid state in dense-core vesicles of secretory cells. Secreted peptides experience dramatic environmental changes in the secretory pathway, from the endoplasmic reticulum via secretory vesicles to release into the interstitial space or blood. The molecular mechanisms of amyloid formation during packing(More)
Insights into the three-dimensional structure of hormone fibrils are crucial for a detailed understanding of how an amyloid structure allows the storage of hormones in secretory vesicles prior to hormone secretion into the blood stream. As an example for various hormone amyloids, we have studied the endogenous opioid neuropeptide β-endorphin in one of its(More)
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