Urs Lewandrowski

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Eukaryotic cells contain multiple organelles, which are functionally and structurally interconnected. The endoplasmic reticulum-mitochondria encounter structure (ERMES) forms a junction between mitochondria and the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Four ERMES proteins are known in yeast, the ER-anchored protein Mmm1 and three mitochondria-associated proteins,(More)
This review describes the present state of a project to identify and characterize novel nervous system proteins by using monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against the Drosophila brain. Some 1,000 hybridoma clones were generated by injection of homogenized Drosophila brains or heads into mice and fusion of their spleen cells with myeloma cells. Testing the mAbs(More)
The anti-apoptotic molecule Aven was originally identified in a yeast two-hybrid screen for Bcl-x(L)-interacting proteins and has also been found to bind Apaf-1, thereby interfering with Apaf-1 self-association during apoptosome assembly. Aven is expressed in a wide variety of adult tissues and cell lines, and there is increasing evidence that its(More)
Protein-disulfide isomerase (PDI) catalyzes the formation of the correct pattern of disulfide bonds in secretory proteins. A low resolution crystal structure of yeast PDI described here reveals large scale conformational changes compared with the initially reported structure, indicating that PDI is a highly flexible molecule with its catalytic domains, a(More)
During the last decade, protein analysis and proteomics have been established as new tools for understanding various biological problems. As the identification of proteins after classical separation techniques, such as two-dimensional gel electrophoresis, have become standard methods, new challenges arise in the field of proteomics. The development of(More)
Reversible protein-phosphorylation is emerging as a key player in the regulation of mitochondrial functions. In particular tyrosine phosphorylation represents a promising field to highlight new mechanisms of bioenergetic regulation. Utilizing immunoaffinity enrichment of phosphotyrosine-containing peptides coupled to mass spectrometric analysis we detected(More)
Beside their main physiological function in hemostasis, platelets are also highly involved in pathological processes, such as atherothrombosis and inflammation. During hemostasis, binding of adhesive substrates to tyrosine-kinase-linked adhesion receptors and/or soluble agonists to G-protein coupled receptors leads to a cascade of intracellular signaling(More)
A comprehensive analysis of plasma membrane proteins is essential to in-depth understanding of brain development, function, and diseases. Proteomics offers the potential to perform such a comprehensive analysis, yet it requires efficient protocols for the purification of the plasma membrane compartment. Here, we present a novel and efficient protocol for(More)
Among known platelet proteins, a prominent and functionally important group is represented by glycoprotein isoforms. They account e.g. for secretory proteins and plasma membrane receptors including integrins and glycoprotein VI as well as intracellular components of cytosol and organelles including storage proteins (multimerin 1 etc.). Although many of(More)
Producing detailed mass spectrometric fragmentation data of native oligosaccharides for the purpose of basic structure elucidation has become a readily accessible tool since the availability of enhanced technical equipment. In this report, high-energy collision-induced dissociation (heCID) in combination with MALDI-TOF/TOF technology for analysis of native(More)