Sebastian McClendon

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Alpha-synuclein (alphaS) is the primary component of Lewy bodies, the pathological hallmark of Parkinson's Disease. Aggregation of alphaS is thought to proceed from a primarily disordered state with nascent secondary structure through intermediate conformations to oligomeric forms and finally to mature amyloid fibrils. Low pH conditions lead to(More)
Parkinson's disease (PD) is associated with the deposition of fibrillar aggregates of the protein alpha-synuclein (alphaS) in neurons. Intramolecular contacts between the acidic C-terminal tail of alphaS and its N-terminal region have been proposed to regulate alphaS aggregation, and two originally described PD mutations, A30P and A53T, reportedly reduce(More)
We examine here the dynamics of forming the Michaelis complex of the enzyme lactate dehydrogenase by characterizing the binding kinetics and thermodynamics of oxamate (a substrate mimic) to the binary lactate dehydrogenase/NADH complex over multiple timescales, from nanoseconds to tens of milliseconds. To access such a wide time range, we employ standard(More)
0022-2836/$ see front matter © 2009 E Parkinson's disease (PD) is associated with the deposition of fibrillar aggregates of the protein α-synuclein (αS) in neurons. Intramolecular contacts between the acidic C-terminal tail of αS and its N-terminal region have been proposed to regulate αS aggregation, and two originally described PD mutations, A30P and(More)
The dynamical nature of the binding of a substrate surrogate to lactate dehydrogenase is examined on the nanoseconds to milliseconds timescale by laser-induced temperature-jump relaxation spectroscopy. Fluorescence emission of the nicotinamide group of bound NADH is used to define the pathway and kinetics of substrate binding. Assignment of specific kinetic(More)
Canine cyclic hematopoiesis (CH) is an autosomal recessive disease of gray collie dogs that is characterized by 14-day cycles of neutropenia, monocytosis, thrombocytosis, and reticulocytosis. Platelets from CH dogs have decreased dense-granule serotonin pools and decreased aggregation responses to collagen, platelet-activating factor (PAF), and thrombin.(More)
We have demonstrated that calbindin D(9k) can be converted into a calcium-sensing switch (calbindin-AFF) by duplicating the C-terminal half of the protein (residues 44-75) and appending it to the N-terminus (creating residues 44'-75'). This re-engineering results in a ligand-driven interconversion between two native folds: the wild-type structure (N) and a(More)
Cold denaturation is a general property of globular proteins, and the process provides insight into the origins of the cooperativity of protein folding and the nature of partially folded states. Unfortunately, studies of protein cold denaturation have been hindered by the fact that the cold denatured state is normally difficult to access experimentally.(More)
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