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Polyglutamine proteins that cause neurodegenerative disease are known to form proteinaceous aggregates, such as nuclear inclusions, in the neurons of affected patients. Although polyglutamine proteins have been shown to form fibrillar aggregates in a variety of contexts, the mechanisms underlying the aberrant conformational changes and aggregation are still(More)
Dopamine (DA) and alpha-synuclein (alpha-SN) are two key molecules associated with Parkinson's disease (PD). We have identified a novel action of DA in the initial phase of alpha-SN aggregation and demonstrate that DA induces alpha-SN to form soluble, SDS-resistant oligomers. The DA:alpha-SN oligomeric species are not amyloidogenic as they do not react with(More)
Proteins containing membrane attack complex/perforin (MACPF) domains play important roles in vertebrate immunity, embryonic development, and neural-cell migration. In vertebrates, the ninth component of complement and perforin form oligomeric pores that lyse bacteria and kill virus-infected cells, respectively. However, the mechanism of MACPF function is(More)
BACKGROUND In the past few years, both automated and manual high-throughput protein expression and purification has become an accessible means to rapidly screen and produce soluble proteins for structural and functional studies. However, many of the commercial vectors encoding different solubility tags require different cloning and purification steps for(More)
The aggregation of ataxin-3 is associated with spinocerebellar ataxia type 3, which is characterized by the formation of intraneuronal aggregates. However, the mechanism of aggregation is currently not well understood. Ataxin-3 consists of a folded Josephin domain followed by two ubiquitin-interacting motifs and a C-terminal polyglutamine tract, which in(More)
HLA class I polymorphism creates diversity in epitope specificity and T cell repertoire. We show that HLA polymorphism also controls the choice of Ag presentation pathway. A single amino acid polymorphism that distinguishes HLA-B*4402 (Asp116) from B*4405 (Tyr116) permits B*4405 to constitutively acquire peptides without any detectable incorporation into(More)
The polyglutamine (polyQ) diseases consist of nine neurodegenerative diseases in which a polyQ tract expansion leads to protein misfolding and subsequent aggregation. Even when the causative proteins have the same length polyQ tract, there are differences in the severity and age of disease onset which implicate the polyQ flanking sequences as modulators of(More)
Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 3 (SCA3) is one of nine polyglutamine (polyQ) diseases that are all characterized by progressive neuronal dysfunction and the presence of neuronal inclusions containing aggregated polyQ protein, suggesting that protein misfolding is a key part of this disease. Ataxin-3, the causative protein of SCA3, contains a globular,(More)
Many bacterial pathogens produce extracellular proteases that degrade the extracellular matrix of the host and therefore are involved in disease pathogenesis. Dichelobacter nodosus is the causative agent of ovine footrot, a highly contagious disease that is characterized by the separation of the hoof from the underlying tissue. D. nodosus secretes three(More)
UNLABELLED P. multocida is a Gram-negative pathogen responsible for causing diseases in animals of economic significance to livestock industries throughout the world. Current vaccines include bacterins, which provide only limited protection against homologous serotypes. Therefore there is a need for more effective vaccines to control diseases caused by P.(More)