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Nuclear factor TDP-43 has been reported to play multiple roles in transcription, pre-mRNA splicing, mRNA stability and mRNA transport. From a structural point of view, TDP-43 is a member of the hnRNP protein family whose structure includes two RRM domains flanked by the N-terminus and C-terminal regions. Like many members of this family, the C-terminal(More)
Pathogenic bacteria interact not only with the host organism but most probably also with the resident microbial flora. In the knot disease of the olive tree (Olea europaea), the causative agent is the bacterium Pseudomonas savastanoi pv. savastanoi (Psv). Two bacterial species, namely Pantoea agglomerans and Erwinia toletana, which are not pathogenic and(More)
Circular dichroism and electrophoretic mobility shift studies were performed to confirm that dimerized N-terminal domains of bacterial repressors containing helix-turn-helix motifs are capable of high-affinity and specific DNA recognition as opposed to the monomeric N-terminal domains. Specific, high-affinity DNA binding proteins were designed and produced(More)
The protein Kinase A (PKA) pathway was found to selectively regulate the function of oncogenic but not non-oncogenic E6 proteins. High risk E6 proteins are phosphorylated at their Dlg/PDZ binding motif at the C-terminus by a PKA like activity. This PKA and PDZ binding module is found only for human PV, is strictly conserved in all the transforming HPVs and(More)
Nerve growth factor (NGF)-specific signal transduction leads to changes in protein methylation during neuronal differentiation of PC12 cells (Cimato et al. [1997] J. Cell Biol. 138:1089-1103). In the present work, we demonstrate that, among NGF-regulated proteins, arginine methylation is more prevalent than carboxylmethylation. Type I protein arginine(More)
TDP-43 is one of the major components of the neuronal and glial inclusions observed in several neurodegenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal lobar degeneration. These characteristic aggregates are a "landmark" of the disease, but their role in the pathogenesis is still obscure. In previous works, we have shown that the(More)
The Gly- and Arg-rich C-terminal region of human nucleolin is a 61-residue long domain involved in a number of protein-protein and protein-nucleic acid interactions. This domain contains 10 aDma residues in the form of aDma-GG repeats interspersed with Phe residues. The exact role of Arg dimethylation is not known, partly because of the lack of efficient(More)
We studied the interaction between a synthetic peptide (sequence Ac-GXGGFGGXGGFXGGXGG-NH(2), where X = arginine, N(omega),N(omega)-dimethylarginine, DMA, or lysine) corresponding to residues 676-692 of human nucleolin and several DNA and RNA substrates using double filter binding, melting curve analysis and circular dichroism spectroscopy. We found that(More)
In order to investigate the factors that determine the correct folding of epidermal growth factor-like (EGF) repeats within a multidomain protein, we prepared a series of six peptides that, taken together, span the sequence of two EGF repeats of human tenascin, a large protein from the extracellular matrix. The peptides were selected by sliding a window of(More)
Notch signaling plays a key role in cell differentiation and is very well conserved from Drosophila to humans. Ligands of Notch receptors are type I, membrane spanning proteins composed of a large extracellular region and a 100-150 residue cytoplasmic tail. We report here, for the first time, the expression, purification, and characterization of the(More)