Paul Ko Ferrigno

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Survivin is a protein with proposed roles in cell division and apoptosis. Transcripts encoding splice variants of human survivin have been described and their expression correlated with cancer progression. As survivin forms homodimers in vitro, it has been suggested that these isoforms could interfere with wild type function by forming heterodimers. Here we(More)
The Strep tag is a peptide sequence that is able to mimic biotin's ability to bind to streptavidin. Sequences of Strep tags from 0 to 5 have been appended to the N-terminus of a model protein, the Stefin A Quadruple Mutant (SQM) peptide aptamer scaffold, and the recombinant fusion proteins expressed. The affinities of the proteins for streptavidin have been(More)
Peptide aptamer technology is relatively youthful. It has the advantage over existing techniques that the reagents identified are designed for expression in eukaryotic cells. This allows the construction of molecular tools that allow the logic of genetics, from knockouts to extragenic suppressors, to be applied to studies of proteins in tissue culture(More)
BACKGROUND The dissection of biological pathways and of the molecular basis of disease requires devices to analyze simultaneously a staggering number of protein isoforms in a given cell under given conditions. Such devices face significant challenges, including the identification of probe molecules specific for each protein isoform, protein immobilization(More)
We report the investigation of label-free protein detection directly from lysed cells using microcantilever sensors. The integration of an internally referenced microcantilever sensor combined with peptide aptamer technology enables scalable and label-free detection of proteins from a complex biological environment (e.g. cell lysate). The internally(More)
BCL6 is a transcriptional repressor that is over-expressed due to chromosomal translocations, or other abnormalities, in ∼40% of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. BCL6 interacts with co-repressor, SMRT, and this is essential for its role in lymphomas. Peptide or small molecule inhibitors, which prevent the association of SMRT with BCL6, inhibit transcriptional(More)
Peptide aptamers are peptides constrained and presented by a scaffold protein that are used to study protein function in cells. They are able to disrupt protein-protein interactions and to constitute recognition modules that allow the creation of a molecular toolkit for the intracellular analysis of protein function. The success of peptide aptamer(More)
Proteins mediate the bulk of biological activity and are powerfully assayed in the diagnosis of diseases. Protein detection relies largely on antibodies, which have significant technical limitations especially when immobilized on two-dimensional surfaces. Here, we report the integration of peptide aptamers with extended gate metal-oxide-semiconductor(More)
Protein microarray development is absolutely dependent upon the ability to construct interfaces capable of specific, stable, sensitive, and designable recognition of specific proteins. Peptide aptamers, being peptide recognition moieties presented and constrained by a robust scaffold protein, offer one possible solution. The relative uniformity of a(More)
Non-antibody scaffold proteins are used for a range of applications, especially the assessment of protein-protein interactions within human cells. The search for a versatile, robust and biologically neutral scaffold previously led us to design STM (stefin A triple mutant), a scaffold derived from the intracellular protease inhibitor stefin A. Here, we(More)