Joshua Salafsky

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Proteins are structurally dynamic molecules that perform specialized functions through unique conformational changes accessible in physiological environments. An ability to specifically and selectively control protein function via conformational modulation is an important goal for development of novel therapeutics and studies of protein mechanism in(More)
A critical goal of lead compound selection and optimization is to maximize target engagement while minimizing off-target binding. Since target engagement is a function of both the thermodynamics and kinetics of drug-target interactions, it follows that the structures of both the ground states and transition states on the binding reaction coordinate are(More)
There is a high demand for characterizing oligonucleotide structural changes associated with binding interactions as well as identifying novel binders that modulate their structure and function. In this study, second-harmonic generation (SHG) was used to study RNA and DNA oligonucleotide conformational changes associated with ligand binding. For this(More)
We present here a straightforward, broadly applicable technique for real-time detection and measurement of protein conformational changes in solution. This method is based on tethering proteins labeled with a second-harmonic generation (SHG) active dye to supported lipid bilayers. We demonstrate our method by measuring the conformational changes that occur(More)
MLKL is a pore forming pseudokinase involved in the final stage of necroptosis, a form of programmed cell death. Its phosphorylation by RIPK3 is necessary for triggering necroptosis but not for triggering apoptosis, which makes it a unique target for pharmacological inhibition to block necroptotic cell death. This mechanism has been described as playing a(More)
Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) has emerged as a highly sensitive probe of protein conformation. SHG can also be used to determine the tilt angle of an SHG-active moiety bound to a surface-adsorbed protein through polarization-dependent measurements. However, due to the coherent nature of SHG, interference occurs between the SHG produced by the SHG-active(More)
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