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BACKGROUND Recently, it has been shown that nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) may be used to identify ligands that bind to low molecular weight protein drug targets. Recognizing the utility of NMR as a very sensitive method for detecting binding, we have focused on developing alternative approaches that are applicable to larger molecular weight drug targets(More)
Osteoblasts are essential for maintaining bone mass, avoiding osteoporosis, and repairing injured bone. Activation of osteoblast G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), such as the parathyroid hormone receptor, can increase bone mass; however, the anabolic mechanisms are poorly understood. Here we use "Rs1," an engineered GPCR with constitutive G(s) signaling,(More)
The self-assembly of the soluble peptide Abeta into Alzheimer's disease amyloid is believed to involve a conformational change. Hence the solution conformation of Abeta is of significant interest. In contrast to studies in other solvents, in water Abeta is collapsed into a compact series of loops, strands, and turns and has no alpha-helical or beta-sheet(More)
Pin1 is a peptidyl-prolyl isomerase consisting of a WW domain and a catalytic isomerase (PPIase) domain connected by a flexible linker. Pin1 recognizes phospho-Ser/Thr-Pro motifs in cell-signaling proteins, and is both a cancer and an Alzheimer's disease target. Here, we provide novel insight into the functional motions underlying Pin1 substrate interaction(More)
The influence of water binding on the conformational dynamics of the cyclic decapeptide antamanide dissolved in the model lipophilic environment chloroform is investigated by NMR relaxation measurements. The water-peptide complex has a lifetime of 35 μs at 250 K, which is longer than typical lifetimes of water-peptide complexes reported in aqueous solution.(More)
The DNA binding domain (residues 1--65) of the yeast transcriptional activator GAL4 is only partially folded. While residues 10-41, the DNA recognition domain, form a well-defined structure in the free protein, the whole polypeptide folds up and dimerizes upon binding DNA. In order to describe the mobility of the protein, we have characterized the frequency(More)
BACKGROUND CBFA is the DNA-binding subunit of the transcription factor complex called core binding factor, or CBF. Knockout of the Cbfa2 gene in mice leads to embryonic lethality and a profound block in hematopoietic development. Chromosomal disruptions of the human CBFA gene are associated with a large percentage of human leukemias. RESULTS Utilizing(More)
The current canon attributes the binding specificity of protein-recognition motifs to distinctive chemical moieties in their constituent amino acid sequences. However, we show for a WW domain that the sequence crucial for specificity is an intrinsically flexible loop that partially rigidifies upon ligand docking. A single-residue deletion in this loop(More)
INTRODUCTION The MSIS-29 was developed to assess the physical and psychological impact of MS. The aims of this study were to use the responses to the MSIS-29 via the web portal of the UK MS Register to: examine the internal properties of the scale delivered via the internet, profile the cohort, and assess how well the scale measures impact of disability on(More)
  • J W Peng
  • 2012
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is a powerful tool for investigating the dynamics of biomolecules since it provides a description of motion that is comprehensive, site-specific, and relatively non-invasive. In particular, the study of protein dynamics has benefited from sustained methodological advances in NMR that have expanded the scope and(More)