Mirjam Lerch

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Optimizing conditions for the overexpression and purification of membrane proteins for functional and structural studies is usually a laborious and time-consuming process. This process can be accelerated using membrane protein–GFP fusions1–3, which allows direct monitoring and visualization of membrane proteins of interest at any stage during(More)
We describe a generic, GFP-based pipeline for membrane protein overexpression and purification in Escherichia coli. We exemplify the use of the pipeline by the identification and characterization of E. coli YedZ, a new, membrane-integral flavocytochrome. The approach is scalable and suitable for high-throughput applications. The GFP-based pipeline will(More)
Pep-1 is a tryptophane-rich cell-penetrating peptide (CPP) that has been previously proposed to bind protein cargoes by hydrophobic assembly and translocate them across cellular membranes. To date, however, the molecular mechanisms responsible for cargo binding and translocation have not been clearly identified. This study was conducted to gain insight into(More)
The structure of [Ala(31), Pro(32)]-NPY, a neuropeptide Y mutant with selectivity for the NPY Y(5)-receptor (Cabrele, C., Wieland, H. A., Stidsen, C., Beck-Sickinger, A. G., (2002) Biochemistry XX, XXXX-XXXX (companion paper)), has been characterized in the presence of the membrane mimetic dodecylphosphocholine (DPC) micelles using high-resolution NMR(More)
Here, we investigate the structure of porcine peptide YY (pPYY) both when unligated in solution at pH 4.2 and when bound to dodecylphosphocholine (DPC) micelles at pH 5.5. pPYY in solution displays the PP-fold, with the N-terminal segment being back-folded onto the C-terminal alpha-helix, which extends from residue 17 to 31. In contrast to the solution(More)
Neuropeptide Y (NPY) and the pancreatic polypeptide (PP) are members of the neuropeptide Y family of hormones. They bind to the Y receptors with very different affinities: Whereas PP is highly selective for the Y(4) receptor, NPY displays highest affinites for Y(1), Y(2), and Y(5) receptor subtypes. Introducing the NPY segment 19-23 into PP leads to an(More)
The pancreatic polypeptide (PP), a 36-residue, C-terminally amidated polypeptide hormone is a member of the neuropeptide Y (NPY) family. Here, we have studied the structure and dynamics of bovine pancreatic polypeptide (bPP) when bound to DPC-micelles as a membrane-mimicking model as well as the dynamics of bPP in solution. The comparison of structure and(More)
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