Joseph A. Marsh

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The synucleins are a family of intrinsically disordered proteins involved in various human diseases. alpha-Synuclein has been extensively characterized due to its role in Parkinson's disease where it forms intracellular aggregates, while gamma-synuclein is overexpressed in a majority of late-stage breast cancers. Despite fairly strong sequence similarity(More)
Protein interactions are often accompanied by significant changes in conformation. We have analyzed the relationships between protein structures and the conformational changes they undergo upon binding. Based upon this, we introduce a simple measure, the relative solvent accessible surface area, which can be used to predict the magnitude of binding-induced(More)
Proteins experience a wide variety of conformational dynamics that can be crucial for facilitating their diverse functions. How is the intrinsic flexibility required for these motions encoded in their three-dimensional structures? Here, the overall flexibility of a protein is demonstrated to be tightly coupled to the total amount of surface area buried(More)
Intrinsically disordered proteins can form highly dynamic complexes with partner proteins. One such dynamic complex involves the intrinsically disordered Sic1 with its partner Cdc4 in regulation of yeast cell cycle progression. Phosphorylation of six N-terminal Sic1 sites leads to equilibrium engagement of each phosphorylation site with the primary binding(More)
Do young and old protein molecules have the same probability to be degraded? We addressed this question using metabolic pulse-chase labeling and quantitative mass spectrometry to obtain degradation profiles for thousands of proteins. We find that >10% of proteins are degraded non-exponentially. Specifically, proteins are less stable in the first few hours(More)
Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs), which lack folded structure and are disordered under nondenaturing conditions, have been shown to perform important functions in a large number of cellular processes. These proteins have interesting structural properties that deviate from the random-coil-like behavior exhibited by chemically denatured proteins. In(More)
Disordered states of proteins include the biologically functional intrinsically disordered proteins and the unfolded states of normally folded proteins. In recent years, ensemble-modeling strategies using various experimental measurements as restraints have emerged as powerful means for structurally characterizing disordered states. However, these methods(More)
Obtaining detailed structural models of disordered states of proteins under nondenaturing conditions is important for a better understanding of both functional intrinsically disordered proteins and unfolded states of folded proteins. Extensive experimental characterization of the drk N-terminal SH3 domain unfolded state has shown that, although it appears(More)
Complete folding is not a prerequisite for protein function, as disordered and partially folded states of proteins frequently perform essential biological functions. In order to understand their functions at the molecular level, we utilized diverse experimental measurements to calculate ensemble models of three nonhomologous, intrinsically disordered(More)
Due to their dynamic ensemble nature and a deficiency of experimental restraints, disordered states of proteins are difficult to characterize structurally. Here, we have expanded upon our previous work on the unfolded state of the Drosophila drk N-terminal (drkN) SH3 domain with our program ENSEMBLE, which assigns population weights to pregenerated(More)