Teresa Carlomagno

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Polycomb-group proteins are transcriptional repressors with essential roles in embryonic development. Polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) contains the methyltransferase activity for Lys27. However, the role of other histone modifications in regulating PRC2 activity is just beginning to be understood. Here we show that direct recognition of methylated(More)
The presence of slow motions with large amplitudes, as detected by measurements based on residual dipolar couplings [Peti, W., Meiler, J., Brueschweiler, R. and Griesinger, C. (2002) J. Am. Chem. Soc., 124, 5822-5833], has stirred up much discussion in recent years. Based on ubiquitin NH residual dipolar couplings (rdcs) measured in 31 different alignment(More)
Venomous organisms have evolved a variety of structurally diverse peptide neurotoxins that target ion channels. Despite the lack of any obvious structural homology, unrelated toxins that interact with voltage-activated K(+) channels share a dyad motif composed of a lysine and a hydrophobic amino acid residue, usually a phenylalanine or a tyrosine.(More)
Heteronuclear dipolar couplings of the protein backbone have proven to have a big impact on the accuracy of protein NMR structures. H,H dipolar couplings might have the same impact on side chains. Here we present a method that combines both heteronuclear and homonuclear dipolar couplings to investigate the local conformation of methylene groups. A new pulse(More)
The binding of epothilones to dimeric tubulin and to microtubules has been studied by means of biochemical and NMR techniques. We have determined the binding constants of epothilone A (EpoA) and B (EpoB) to dimeric tubulin, which are 4 orders of magnitude lower than those for microtubules, and we have elucidated the conformation and binding epitopes of EpoA(More)
Although highly homologous, the spliceosomal hPrp31 and the nucleolar Nop56 and Nop58 (Nop56/58) proteins recognize different ribonucleoprotein (RNP) particles. hPrp31 interacts with complexes containing the 15.5K protein and U4 or U4atac small nuclear RNA (snRNA), whereas Nop56/58 associate with 15.5K-box C/D small nucleolar RNA complexes. We present(More)
Tubulins belong to the most abundant proteins in eukaryotes providing the backbone for many cellular substructures like the mitotic and meiotic spindles, the intracellular cytoskeletal network, and the axonemes of cilia and flagella. Homologs have even been reported for archaea and bacteria. However, a taxonomically broad and whole-genome-based analysis of(More)
In structure-based drug design, the relative orientation of two competitive ligands A and B in the receptor binding pocket plays a central role in the design of high-affinity drug candidates from weakly bound lead compounds. In this communication we report on the observation of interligand spin-diffusion-mediated transferred-NOE data, which have the(More)
KappaM-conotoxin RIIIK blocks TSha1 K+ channels from trout with high affinity by interacting with the ion channel pore. As opposed to many other peptides targeting K+ channels, kappaM-RIIIK does not possess a functional dyad. In this study we combine thermodynamic mutant cycle analysis and docking calculations to derive the binding mode of kappaM-conotoxin(More)