Ursula Egner

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The crystal structures of the human androgen receptor (hAR) and human progesterone receptor ligand-binding domains in complex with the same ligand metribolone (R1881) have been determined. Both three-dimensional structures show the typical nuclear receptor fold. The change of two residues in the ligand-binding pocket between the human progesterone receptor(More)
The longest part of the sperm flagellum, the principal piece, contains the fibrous sheath, a cytoskeletal element unique to spermiogenesis. We performed mass spectrometry proteomics on isolated human fibrous sheaths identifying a unique ADP/ATP carrier protein, SFEC [AAC4], seven glycolytic enzymes previously unreported in the human sperm fibrous sheath,(More)
As a key regulator of mitosis, the Ser/Thr protein polo-like kinase-1 (Plk-1) is a well validated drug target in cancer therapy. In order to enable structure-guided drug design, determination of the crystal structure of the kinase domain of Plk-1 was attempted. Using a multi-parallel cloning and expression approach, a set of length variants were identified(More)
The crystal structure of a mutant androgen receptor (AR) ligand-binding domain (LBD) in complex with the agonist 9alpha-fluorocortisol has been determined at 1.95 A resolution. This mutant AR contains two mutations (L701H and T877A) and was previously reported as a high-affinity cortisol/cortisone responsive AR (AR(ccr)) isolated from the(More)
In order to minimise attrition rates in drug development projects, a target discovery process is implemented to select and characterise the most suitable candidate kinase targets, before lead identification and lead optimisation are embarked upon. The process consists of 1) target selection, 2) target assessment, and 3) target validation. This rational(More)
This study describes an efficient multiparallel automated workflow of cloning, expression, purification, and crystallization of a large set of construct variants for isolated protein domains aimed at structure determination by X-ray crystallography. This methodology is applied to MAPKAP kinase 2, a key enzyme in the inflammation pathway and thus an(More)
Over the past 25 years, biophysical technologies such as X-ray crystallography, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy and isothermal titration calorimetry have become key components of drug discovery platforms in many pharmaceutical companies and academic laboratories. There have been great improvements in the(More)
The aim of this study is to compare crystal structures of nuclear receptor ligand binding domains in complex with different agonists and partial agonists to achieve a better understanding of the three-dimensional structures and their ligand-induced conformational changes. This led to the identification of structurally conserved "rigid" regions and more(More)
The Ser/Thr protein kinase MAPKAP kinase 2 (MK2) plays a crucial role in inflammation. We determined the structure of the kinase domain of MK2 in complex with a low molecular mass inhibitor in two different crystal forms, obtained from soaking and co-crystallization. To our knowledge, these are the first structures of MK2 showing the binding mode of an(More)
Adenylate kinase from yeast cytosol was crystallized as a 1:1 complex with the inhibitor P1,P5-di(adenosine-5'-)pentaphosphate. The crystalline structure was solved by multiple isomorphous replacement at a resolution of 3 A (1 A = 0.1 nm) and subsequent structural refinement at 2.6 A resolution. The yeast enzyme belongs to the group of large variants among(More)