Dries Verdegem

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We report here a biochemical and structural characterization of domain 2 of the nonstructural 5A protein (NS5A) from the JFH1 Hepatitis C virus strain and its interactions with cyclophilins A and B (CypA and CypB). Gel filtration chromatography, circular dichroism spectroscopy, and finally NMR spectroscopy all indicate the natively unfolded nature of this(More)
Nonstructural protein 5A (NS5A) is essential for hepatitis C virus (HCV) replication and constitutes an attractive target for antiviral drug development. Although structural data for its in-plane membrane anchor and domain D1 are available, the structure of domains 2 (D2) and 3 (D3) remain poorly defined. We report here a comparative molecular(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) non-structural protein 5A (NS5A) is involved both in the viral replication and particle production. Its third domain (NS5A-D3), although not absolutely required for replication, is a key determinant for the production and assembly of novel HCV particles. As a prerequisite to elucidate the precise functions of this domain, we report(More)
We present here our current understanding of the NS5A-D2 domain of the hepatitis C virus. Whereas this protein domain is globally unstructured as assessed by macroscopic techniques such as size exclusion chromatography, circular dichroism and homonuclear NMR spectroscopy, high resolution triple resonance spectroscopy allows the identification of a small(More)
Phosphorylation of the neuronal Tau protein is implicated in both the regulation of its physiological function of microtubule stabilization and its pathological propensity to aggregate into the fibers that characterize Alzheimer's diseased neurons. However, how specific phosphorylation events influence both aspects of Tau biology remains largely unknown. In(More)
We have developed a graphics based algorithm for semi-automated protein NMR assignments. Using the basic sequential triple resonance assignment strategy, the method is inspired by the Boolean operators as it applies "AND"-, "OR"- and "NOT"-like operations on planes pulled out of the classical three-dimensional spectra to obtain its functionality. The(More)
Tau is a microtubule-associated protein that stabilizes microtubules and stimulates their assembly. Current descriptions of the tubulin-interacting regions of Tau involve microtubules as the target and result mainly from deletions of Tau domains based on sequence analysis and from NMR spectroscopy experiments. Here, instead of microtubules, we use the(More)
Adding the 13C labelled 2-keto-isovalerate and 2-oxobutanoate precursors to a minimal medium composed of 12C labelled glucose instead of the commonly used (2D, 13C) glucose leads not only to the 13C labelling of (I, L, V) methyls but also to the selective 13C labelling of the backbone C(alpha) and CO carbons of the Ile and Val residues. As a result, the(More)
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