Martin Blackledge

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Structural analysis of flexible macromolecular systems such as intrinsically disordered or multidomain proteins with flexible linkers is a difficult task as high-resolution techniques are barely applicable. A new approach, ensemble optimization method (EOM), is proposed to quantitatively characterize flexible proteins in solution using small-angle X-ray(More)
A novel program has been developed for the interpretation of 15N relaxation rates in terms of macromolecular anisotropic rotational diffusion. The program is based on a highly efficient simulated annealing/minimization algorithm, designed specifically to search the parametric space described by the isotropic, axially symmetric and fully anisotropic(More)
Classical protein structure determination by NMR relies on short-range interproton distances (nOe).1 Despite successful application to the study of compact, globular molecules, this method nevertheless encounters severe limitations when applied to larger or more complex systems. Recently, our conception of the future of macromolecular structure(More)
Aggregation of the microtubule-associated protein tau into neurofibrillary tangles is the pathological hallmark of a variety of dementias. For reasons not yet known, tau becomes excessively phosphorylated in Alzheimer's brains and as a result no longer binds properly to microtubules. Here we studied the impact of phosphorylation on the conformational and(More)
Residual dipolar couplings (RDC), measured by dissolving proteins in dilute liquid crystal media, or by studying naturally paramagnetic molecules, have rapidly become established as routine measurements in the investigation of the structure of macromolecules by NMR. One of the most obvious applications of the previously inaccessible long-range angular(More)
Natively unfolded proteins play key roles in normal and pathological biochemical processes. Despite their importance for function, this category of proteins remains beyond the reach of classical structural biology because of their inherent conformational heterogeneity. We present a description of the intrinsic conformational sampling of unfolded proteins(More)
Abscisic acid (ABA) is a key hormone regulating plant growth, development and the response to biotic and abiotic stress. ABA binding to pyrabactin resistance (PYR)/PYR1-like (PYL)/Regulatory Component of Abscisic acid Receptor (RCAR) intracellular receptors promotes the formation of stable complexes with certain protein phosphatases type 2C (PP2Cs), leading(More)
Tau is one of the two main proteins involved in the pathology of Alzheimer's disease via formation of beta-sheet rich intracellular aggregates named paired helical filaments (PHFs). Given that tau is a natively unfolded protein with no folded core (even upon binding to physiological partners such as microtubules), its structural analysis by high-resolution(More)
Intrinsically unstructured proteins play key biochemical roles in a vast range of normal and pathological processes. To study these systems, it is necessary to invoke an ensemble of rapidly interconverting conformations. Residual dipolar couplings (RDCs) are particularly powerful probes of the behavior of unfolded proteins, reporting on time and(More)
Tau, a natively unstructured protein that regulates the organization of neuronal microtubules, is also found in high concentrations in neurofibrillary tangles of Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. The conformational transition between these vastly different healthy and pathological forms remains poorly understood. We have measured(More)