Petra Jakob

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Senile plaques, a neuropathological hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, consist primarily of insoluble aggregates of beta-amyloid peptide (A beta). A 42-residue peptide (A beta 1-42) appears to be the predominant form. In contrast to A beta 1-40, A beta 1-42 is characterized by its extreme tendency to aggregate into fibers or precipitate. A tailored(More)
Unraveling the molecular processes that lead from genotype to phenotype is crucial for the understanding and effective treatment of genetic diseases. Knowledge of the causative genetic defect most often does not enable treatment; therefore, causal intermediates between genotype and phenotype constitute valuable candidates for molecular intervention points(More)
Body fluids, like plasma and urine, are comparatively easy to obtain and are useful for the detection of novel diagnostic markers by applying new technologies, like proteomics. However, in plasma, several high-abundance proteins are dominant and repress the signals of the lower-abundance proteins, which then become undetectable either by two-dimensional(More)
Hundreds of transcript isoforms with varying boundaries and alternative regulatory signals are transcribed from the genome, even in a genetically homogeneous population of cells. To study this transcriptional heterogeneity, we developed transcript isoform sequencing (TIF-seq), a method that allows the genome-wide profiling of full-length transcript isoforms(More)
The energy metabolism of the blood stage form of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum is adapted to the host cell. Like erythrocytes, P. falciparum merozoites lack a functional citric acid cycle. Generation of ATP depends therefore fully on the glycolytic pathway. Aldolase is a key enzyme of this pathway and a high degree of sequence diversity(More)
The structure of the glycolytic enzyme class I fructose-1, 6-bisphosphate aldolase from the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum has been determined by X-ray crystallography. Homotetrameric P. falciparum aldolase (PfALDO) crystallizes in space group P3221 with one 80 kDa dimer per asymmetric unit. The final refined PfALDO model has an R-factor of(More)
BACKGROUND Post-puberty deterioration of kidneys is more rapid in males than in females. To reveal the underlying molecular mechanisms for this difference, we analyzed gender-dependent gene expression in kidneys of three groups of 36 day-old rats. RESULTS The number of genes exhibiting gender-dependent expression was highly influenced by the genetic(More)
Genome sequence studies of chronic lympoid leukemia (CLL) have provided a comprehensive overview of recurrent somatic mutations in coding genes. One of the most intriguing discoveries has been the prevalence of mutations in the HEAT-repeat domain of the splicing factor SF3B1. A frequently observed variant is predicted to cause the substitution of a lysine(More)
A highly sensitive enzymatic assay for diadenosine 5',5"'-P1,P3-triphosphate (Ap3A) has been established on the basis of the coupled luminescence assay for diadenosine 5',5"'-P1,P4-tetraphosphate (A. Ogilvie (1981) Anal. Biochem. 115, 302-307). Snake venom phosphodiesterase splits Ap3A into AMP plus ADP which can be measured in a luminescence reaction(More)