Stephanie Prigent

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Protein polymerization consists in the aggregation of single monomers into polymers that may fragment. Fibrils assembly is a key process in amyloid diseases. Up to now, protein aggregation was commonly mathematically simulated by a polymer size-structured ordinary differential equations (ODE) system, which is infinite by definition and therefore leads to(More)
Prion protein (PrP) is involved in lethal neurodegenerative diseases, and many issues remain unclear about its physio-pathological role. Quadruplex-forming nucleic acids (NAs) have been found to specifically bind to both PrP cellular and pathological isoforms. To clarify the relevance of these interactions, thermodynamic, kinetic and structural studies have(More)
Misfolding of the prion protein (PrP) is the central feature of prion diseases. The conversion of the normal α-helical PrP(C) into a pathological β-enriched PrP(Sc) constitutes an early event in the infectious process. Several hypotheses, involving different regions of the protein, endeavor to delineate the structural mechanism underlying this change of(More)
The propensity of the prion protein (PrP) to adopt different structures is a clue to its pathological behavior. The determination of the region involved in the PrP(C) to PrP(Sc) conversion is fundamental for the understanding of the mechanisms underlying this process at the molecular level. In this paper, the polymerization of the helical H2H3 domain of(More)
Aggregation and misfolding of the prion protein (PrP) are thought to be the cause of a family of lethal neurodegenerative diseases affecting humans and other animals. Although the structures of PrP from several species have been solved, still little is known about the mechanisms that lead to the misfolded species. Here, we show that the region of PrP(More)
The concept of prion is applied to protein modules that share the ability to switch between at least two conformational states and transmit one of these through intermolecular interaction and change of conformation. Although much progress has been achieved through the understanding of prions from organisms such as Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Podospora(More)
Neurodegenerative protein misfolding diseases, including prionopathies, share the common feature of accumulating specific misfolded proteins, with a molecular mechanism closely related. Misfolded prion protein (PrP) generates soluble oligomers that, in turn, aggregate into amyloid fibers. Preventing the formation of these entities, crucially associated with(More)
The "protein only" hypothesis states that the key phenomenon in prion pathogenesis is the conversion of the host protein (PrPC) into a b-sheet enriched polymeric and pathogenic conformer (PrPSc). However the region of PrP bearing the information for structural transfer is still controversial. In a recent report, we highlighted the role of the C terminal(More)
We illustrate the use of statistical tools (asymptotic theories of standard error quantification using appropriate statistical models, bootstrapping, and model comparison techniques) in addition to sensitivity analysis that may be employed to determine the information content in data sets. We do this in the context of recent models [S. Prigent, A. Ballesta,(More)