Fred Naider

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In a variety of fungal species, mating between haploid cells is initiated by the action of peptide pheromones. The identification and characterization of several fungal pheromones has revealed that they have common structural features classifying them as lipopeptides. In the course of biosynthesis, these pheromones undergo a series of posttranslational(More)
Mating in Saccharomyces cerevisiae is initiated by the secretion of diffusible peptide pheromones that are recognized by G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR). This review summarizes the use of the alpha-factor (WHWLQLKPGQPMY)--GPCR (Ste2p) interaction as a paradigm to understand the recognition between medium-sized peptide hormones and their cognate(More)
The peptide gp41(659-671) (ELLELDKWASLWN) comprises the entire epitope for one of the three known antibodies capable of neutralizing a broad spectrum of primary HIV-1 isolates and is the only such epitope that is sequential. Here we present the NMR structure of gp41(659-671) in water. This peptide forms a monomeric 3(10)-helix stabilized by i,i+3 side(More)
Small peptides of two to six residues serve as important sources of amino acids and nitrogen required for growth by a variety of organisms. In the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the membrane transport protein Ptr2p, encoded by PTR2, mediates the uptake of di/tripeptides. To identify genes involved in regulation of dipeptide utilization, we performed a(More)
Small peptides (2-5 amino acid residues) are transported into Saccharomyces cerevisiae via two transport systems: PTR (Peptide TRansport) for di-/tripeptides and OPT (OligoPeptide Transport) for oligopeptides of 4-5 amino acids in length. Although regulation of the PTR system has been studied in some detail, neither the regulation of the OPT family nor the(More)
Magnaporthe grisea is a fungal pathogen with two mating types, MAT1-1 and MAT1-2, that forms a specialized cell necessary for pathogenesis, the appressorium. Saccharomyces cerevisiae alpha-factor pheromone blocked appressorium formation in a mating type-specific manner and protected plants from infection by MAT1-2 strains. Experiments with alpha-factor(More)
We report here on the relationship between ligand binding and signaling responses in the yeast pheromone response pathway, a well characterized G protein-coupled receptor system. Responses to agonist (α-factor) by cells expressing widely varying numbers of receptors depend primarily on fractional occupancy, not the absolute number of agonist-bound(More)
Folding of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) according to the two-stage model (Popot, J. L., and Engelman, D. M. (1990) Biochemistry 29, 4031-4037) is postulated to proceed in 2 steps: partitioning of the polypeptide into the membrane followed by diffusion until native contacts are formed. Herein we investigate conformational preferences of fragments of(More)
The structure and dynamics of a large segment of Ste2p the G-protein coupled α-factor receptor from yeast were studied in dodecylphosphocholine (DPC) micelles using solution NMR spectroscopy. We investigated the 73-residue peptide EL3-TM7-CT40 consisting of the third extracellular loop 3 (EL3), the 7th transmembrane helix (TM7) and 40 residues from the(More)
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