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Vaccine and drug development for fasciolasis rely on a thorough understanding of the mechanisms involved in parasite-host interactions. FH8 is an 8 kDa protein secreted by the parasite Fasciola hepatica in the early stages of infection. Sequence analysis revealed that FH8 has two EF-hand Ca(2+)-binding motifs, and our experimental data show that the protein(More)
Amyloid fibril formation and deposition are the basis for a wide range of diseases, including spongiform encephalopathies, Alzheimer's and familial amyloidotic polyneuropathies. However, the molecular mechanisms of amyloid formation are still poorly characterised. In certain forms of familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy (FAP), the amyloid fibrils are mostly(More)
Amyloid fibril formation and deposition is a common feature of a wide range of fatal diseases including spongiform encephalopathies, Alzheimer's disease, and familial amyloidotic polyneuropathies (FAP), among many others. In certain forms of FAP, the amyloid fibrils are mostly constituted by variants of transthyretin (TTR), a homotetrameric plasma protein.(More)
In amyloidosis, normally innocuous soluble proteins polymerize to form insoluble fibrils. Amyloid fibril formation and deposition have been associated with a wide range of diseases, including spongiform encephalopathies, Alzheimer's disease, and familial amyloid polyneuropathies (FAP). In certain forms of FAP, the amyloid fibrils are mostly constituted by(More)
A unique feature of plant aspartic proteinase precursors is the presence of an internal domain, known as plant-specific insert, whose function is not completely understood. The three-dimensional structure of the plant-specific insert resembles that of saposin-like proteins, a group of lipid-binding proteins involved in a variety of physiological processes.(More)
Inherited human long-QT2 syndrome (LQTS) results from mutations in the gene encoding the HERG channel. Several LQT2-associated mutations have been mapped to the amino terminal cytoplasmic Per-Arnt-Sim (PAS) domain of the HERG1a channel subunit. Here we have characterized the trafficking properties of some LQT2-associated PAS domain mutants and analyzed(More)
The problem of discovering previously unknown frequent patterns in time series, also called motifs, has been recently introduced. A motif is a subseries pattern that appears a significant number of times. Results demonstrate that motifs may provide valuable insights about the data and have a wide range of applications in data mining tasks. The main(More)
It has been recognized that the development of new therapeutic drugs is a complex and expensive process. A large number of factors affect the activity in vivo of putative candidate molecules and the propensity for causing adverse and toxic effects is recognized as one of the major hurdles behind the current "target-rich, lead-poor" scenario.(More)
Familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy (FAP) is an autosomal dominant hereditary type of amyloidosis involving amino acid substitutions in transthyretin (TTR). V30M-TTR is the most frequent variant, and L55P-TTR is the variant associated with the most aggressive form of FAP. The thermal stability of the wild-type, V30M-TTR, L55P-TTR and a non-amyloidogenic(More)
One of the unsolved paradigms in molecular biology is the protein folding problem. In recent years, with the identification of several diseases as protein folding disorders and with the explosion of genome information and the need for efficient ways to predict protein structure, protein folding became a central issue in molecular sciences research. Using(More)