John Zintsmaster

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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 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)
We show that Carr-Purcell-Meiboom-Gill (CPMG) 13Calpha NMR relaxation dispersion measurements are a viable means for profiling mus-ms ligand dynamics involved in receptor binding. Critically, the dispersion is at natural 13C abundance; this matches typical pharmaceutical research settings in which ligand isotope-labeling is often impractical. The dispersion(More)
Protein-protein interactions are often mediated by flexible loops that experience conformational dynamics on the microsecond to millisecond time scales. NMR relaxation studies can map these dynamics. However, defining the network of inter-converting conformers that underlie the relaxation data remains generally challenging. Here, we combine NMR relaxation(More)
Pin1 is a modular peptidyl-prolyl isomerase specific for phosphorylated Ser/Thr-Pro (pS/T-P) motifs, typically within intrinsically disordered regions of signaling proteins. Pin1 consists of two flexibly linked domains: an N-terminal WW domain for substrate binding and a larger C-terminal peptidyl-prolyl isomerase (PPIase) domain. Previous studies showed(More)
We describe a method that uses direct 13C-detection for measuring rotating-frame carbonyl (13CO) relaxation rates to describe protein functional dynamics. Key advantages of method include the following: (i) unique access to 13CO groups that lack a scalar-coupled 15N-1H group; (ii) insensitivity to 15N/1H exchange-broadening that can derail 1H-detected 15N(More)
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