Santiago E. Faraj

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Frataxin (FXN) is an α/β protein that plays an essential role in iron homeostasis. Apparently, the function of human FXN (hFXN) depends on the cooperative formation of crucial interactions between helix α1, helix α2, and the C-terminal region (CTR) of the protein. In this work we quantitatively explore these relationships using a purified recombinant(More)
Adaptation of life to low temperatures influences both protein stability and flexibility. Thus, proteins from psychrophilic organisms are excellent models to study relations between these properties. Here we focused on frataxin from Psychromonas ingrahamii (pFXN), an extreme psychrophilic sea ice bacterium that can grow at temperatures as low as -12°C. This(More)
Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA) is linked to a deficiency of frataxin (FXN), a mitochondrial protein involved in iron-sulfur cluster synthesis. FXN is a small protein with an α/β fold followed by the C-terminal region (CTR) with a nonperiodic structure that packs against the protein core. In the present study, we explored the impact of the alteration of the CTR(More)
The aim of this study is to investigate the folding reaction of human frataxin, whose deficiency causes the neurodegenerative disease Friedreich's Ataxia (FRDA). The characterization of different conformational states would provide knowledge about how frataxin can be stabilized without altering its functionality. Wild-type human frataxin and a set of(More)
The N-terminal stretch of human frataxin (hFXN) intermediate (residues 42-80) is not conserved throughout evolution and, under defined experimental conditions, behaves as a random-coil. Overexpression of hFXN56-210 in Escherichia coli yields a multimer, whereas the mature form of hFXN (hFXN81-210) is monomeric. Thus, cumulative experimental evidence points(More)
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