Chad M Petit

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Structure-function relationships in proteins are predicated on the spatial proximity of noncovalently interacting groups of atoms. Thus, structural elements located away from a protein's active site are typically presumed to serve a stabilizing or scaffolding role for the larger structure. Here we report a functional role for a distal structural element in(More)
Postsynaptic density-95 is a multidomain scaffolding protein that recruits glutamate receptors to postsynaptic sites and facilitates signal processing and connection to the cytoskeleton. It is the leading member of the membrane-associated guanylate kinase family of proteins, which are defined by the PSD-95/Discs large/ZO-1 (PDZ)-Src homology 3(More)
The influenza non-structural protein 1 (NS1) plays a critical role in antagonizing the innate immune response to infection. One interaction that facilitates this function is between NS1 and RIG-I, one of the main sensors of influenza virus infection. While NS1 and RIG-I are known to interact, it is currently unclear whether this interaction is direct or if(More)
It is well known that enzyme flexibility is critical for function. This is due to the observation that the rates of intramolecular enzyme motions are often matched to the rates of intermolecular events such as substrate binding and product release. Beyond this role in progression through the reaction cycle, it has been suggested that enzyme dynamics may(More)
We introduce AUDANA (Automated Database-Assisted NOE Assignment), an algorithm for determining three-dimensional structures of proteins from NMR data that automates the assignment of 3D-NOE spectra, generates distance constraints, and conducts iterative high temperature molecular dynamics and simulated annealing. The protein sequence, chemical shift(More)
Allostery enables tight regulation of protein function in the cellular environment. Although existing models of allostery are firmly rooted in the current structure-function paradigm, the mechanistic basis for allostery in the absence of structural change remains unclear. In this study, we show that a typical globular protein is able to undergo significant(More)
Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is a powerful technique capable of monitoring a wide range of motions in proteins on a per residue basis. A variety of (2)H relaxation experiments have been developed for monitoring side-chain methyl group motions on the picosecond-nanosecond timescale. These experiments enable determination of the order parameter, S (2)(More)
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