Virginia Castillo

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Fanconi anaemia (FA) is a rare autosomal recessive disease characterized by increased spontaneous and DNA crosslinker-induced chromosome instability, progressive pancytopenia and cancer susceptibility. An increasing number of genes are involved in FA, including the breast cancer susceptibility gene BRCA2. Five of the FA proteins (FANCA, FANCC, FANCE, FANCF(More)
Protein aggregation underlies a wide range of human disorders. The polypeptides involved in these pathologies might be intrinsically unstructured or display a defined 3D-structure. Little is known about how globular proteins aggregate into toxic assemblies under physiological conditions, where they display an initially folded conformation. Protein(More)
Amyloid fibril formation is implicated in different human diseases. The transition between native α-helices and nonnative intermolecular β-sheets has been suggested to be a trigger of fibrillation in different conformational diseases. The FF domain of the URN1 splicing factor (URN1-FF) is a small all-α protein that populates a molten globule (MG) at low pH.(More)
BACKGROUND Protein aggregation is linked to the onset of an increasing number of human nonneuropathic (either localized or systemic) and neurodegenerative disorders. In particular, misfolding of native α-helical structures and their self-assembly into nonnative intermolecular β-sheets has been proposed to trigger amyloid fibril formation in Alzheimer's and(More)
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