Federico Fogolari

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Here we define the molecular nature of the mitochondrial permeability transition pore (PTP), a key effector of cell death. The PTP is regulated by matrix cyclophilin D (CyPD), which also binds the lateral stalk of the FOF1 ATP synthase. We show that CyPD binds the oligomycin sensitivity-conferring protein subunit of the enzyme at the same site as the ATP(More)
Contradicting evidence has been presented in the literature concerning the effectiveness of empirical contact energies for fold recognition. Empirical contact energies are calculated on the basis of information available from selected protein structures, with respect to a defined reference state, according to the quasi-chemical approximation.(More)
Cinnamyl alcohol dehydrogenase (CAD) is involved in the biosynthesis of lignin, a component of plant cell wall which negatively impacts paper pulp processing and biomass fermentation to ethanol. Transgenic poplars with depressed CAD activity show structural alterations of lignin. Natural CAD mutants have been identified in several plants; however, no(More)
Most homeodomains bind to DNA sequences containing the motif 5'-TAAT-3'. The homeodomain of thyroid transcription factor 1 (TTF-1HD) binds to sequences containing a 5'-CAAG-3' core motif, delineating a new mechanism for differential DNA recognition by homeodomains. We investigated the molecular basis of the DNA binding specificity of TTF-1HD by both(More)
Reduced representations of proteins have been playing a keyrole in the study of protein folding. Many such models are available, with different representation detail. Although the usefulness of many such models for structural bioinformatics applications has been demonstrated in recent years, there are few intermediate resolution models endowed with an(More)
Amyloidosis associated to hemodialysis is caused by persistently high beta(2)-microglobulin (beta(2)m) serum levels. beta(2)m is an intrinsically amyloidogenic protein whose capacity to assemble into amyloid fibrils in vitro and in vivo is concentration dependent; no beta(2)m genetic variant is known in the human population. We investigated the roles of two(More)
Electrostatics plays a fundamental role in virtually all processes involving biomolecules in solution. The Poisson-Boltzmann equation constitutes one of the most fundamental approaches to treat electrostatic effects in solution. The theoretical basis of the Poisson-Boltzmann equation is reviewed and a wide range of applications is presented, including the(More)
Continuum solvent models have been employed in past years for understanding processes such as protein folding or biomolecular association. In the last decade, several attempts have been made to merge atomic detail molecular dynamics simulations with solvent continuum models. Among continuum models, the Poisson-Boltzmann solvent accessible surface area model(More)
Dialysis-related amyloidosis is characterized by the deposition of insoluble fibrils of beta(2)-microglobulin (beta(2)-m) in the musculoskeletal system. Atomic force microscopy inspection of ex vivo amyloid material reveals the presence of bundles of fibrils often associated to collagen fibrils. Aggregation experiments were undertaken in vitro with the aim(More)
The oligomycin-sensitivity conferring protein (OSCP) of the mitochondrial F(O)F1 ATP synthase has long been recognized to be essential for the coupling of proton transport to ATP synthesis. Located on top of the catalytic F1 sector, it makes stable contacts with both F1 and the peripheral stalk, ensuring the structural and functional coupling between F(O)(More)