Massimiliano Meli

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Anticancer agents that selectively kill tumor cells and spare normal tissues are urgently needed. Here, we engineered a cell-permeable peptidomimetic, shepherdin, modeled on the binding interface between the molecular chaperone Hsp90 and the antiapoptotic and mitotic regulator, survivin. Shepherdin makes extensive contacts with the ATP pocket of Hsp90,(More)
Although therapeutically targeting a single signaling pathway that drives tumor development and/or progression has been effective for a number of cancers, in many cases this approach has not been successful. Targeting networks of signaling pathways, instead of isolated pathways, may overcome this problem, which is probably due to the extreme heterogeneity(More)
Heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) is a significant target in the development of rational cancer therapy due to its role at the crossroads of multiple signaling pathways associated with cell proliferation and cell viability. Here we present a combined structure- and dynamics-based computational design strategy, taking the flexibility of the receptor and of a(More)
BACKGROUND Mutations in the cellular prion protein associated to familial prion disorders severely increase the likelihood of its misfolding into pathogenic conformers. Despite their postulation as incompatible elements with the native fold, these mutations rarely modify the native state structure. However they variably have impact on the thermodynamic(More)
A broader exploitation of enzymes in organic synthesis can be achieved by increasing their tolerance toward organic solvents. In this study, the stability and activity of Baeyer-Villiger monooxygenases from Thermobifida fusca (PAMO) and Acinetobacter sp. (CHMO) in the presence of water miscible organic solvents were compared. PAMO was more stable than CHMO.(More)
BACKGROUND Heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) is a molecular chaperone that is involved in signaling pathways for cell proliferation, survival, and cellular adaptation. Inhibitors of Hsp90 are being examined as cancer therapeutic agents, but the molecular mechanism of their anticancer activity is still unclear. We investigated Hsp90 as a therapeutic target for(More)
Pompe disease (PD) is a metabolic myopathy due to the deficiency of the lysosomal enzyme α-glucosidase (GAA). The only approved treatment for this disorder, enzyme replacement with recombinant human GAA (rhGAA), has shown limited therapeutic efficacy in some PD patients. Pharmacological chaperone therapy (PCT), either alone or in combination with enzyme(More)
BACKGROUND The conversion of the cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) into the infectious form (PrP(Sc)) is the key event in prion induced neurodegenerations. This process is believed to involve a multi-step conformational transition from an alpha-helical (PrP(C)) form to a beta-sheet-rich (PrP(Sc)) state. In addition to the conformational difference, PrP(Sc)(More)
Computer simulations of proteins, lipids and nucleic acids at equilibrium have become essentially routine. However, the fact remains that complete sampling of conformational space continues to be a bottle-neck in the field. The challenge for the future is to overcome such problems and use computational approaches to understand recognition and spontaneous(More)
The self-organization of peptides into amyloidogenic oligomers is one of the key events for a wide range of molecular and degenerative diseases. Atomic-resolution characterization of the mechanisms responsible for the aggregation process and the resulting structures is thus a necessary step to improve our understanding of the determinants of these(More)