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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)
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)
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)
Nipah virus (NiV) is a highly pathogenic emergent paramyxovirus causing deadly encephalitis in humans. Its replication requires a constant supply of unassembled nucleoprotein (N(0)) in complex with its viral chaperone, the phosphoprotein (P). To elucidate the chaperone function of P, we reconstituted NiV the N(0)-P core complex and determined its crystal(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)
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)
Replication of non-segmented negative-strand RNA viruses requires the continuous supply of the nucleoprotein (N) in the form of a complex with the phosphoprotein (P). Here, we present the structural characterization of a soluble, heterodimeric complex between a variant of vesicular stomatitis virus N lacking its 21 N-terminal residues (N(Δ21)) and a peptide(More)
The solution structure of mamba intestinal toxin 1 (MIT1), isolated from Dendroaspis polylepis polylepis venom, has been determined. This molecule is a cysteine-rich polypeptide exhibiting no recognised family membership. Resistance to MIT1 to classical specific endoproteases produced contradictory NMR and biochemical information concerning(More)
The phosphoprotein (P) of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) interacts with nascent nucleoprotein (N), forming the N(0)-P complex that is indispensable for the correct encapsidation of newly synthesized viral RNA genome. In this complex, the N-terminal region (P(NTR)) of P prevents N from binding to cellular RNA and keeps it available for encapsidating viral(More)
The atomic structure of the stable tetramerization domain of the measles virus phosphoprotein shows a tight four-stranded coiled coil. Although at first sight similar to the tetramerization domain of the Sendai virus phosphoprotein, which has a hydrophilic interface, the measles virus domain has kinked helices that have a strongly hydrophobic interface and(More)