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Proteins that recognize and act on specific subsets of microtubules (MTs) enable the varied functions of the MT cytoskeleton. We recently discovered that Kif15 localizes exclusively to kinetochore fibers (K-fibers) or bundles of kinetochore-MTs within the mitotic spindle. It is currently speculated that the MT-associated protein TPX2 loads Kif15 onto(More)
Each step of the kinesin motor involves a force-generating molecular rearrangement. Although significant progress has been made in elucidating the broad features of the kinesin mechanochemical cycle, molecular details of the force generation mechanism remain a mystery. Recent molecular dynamics simulations have suggested a mechanism in which the forward(More)
The in-situ conformations of peptide layers formed from the adsorption of two different synthetic 15-mer peptides at the hydrophilic silicon oxide/aqueous solution interface have been determined using neutron reflectivity (NR). The first peptide is based on the native sequence of a protein-binding domain within a heteromeric transcriptional activator, HAP2,(More)
Several self-assembling peptide and protein systems that form nanotubes, helical ribbons and fibrous scaffolds have recently emerged as biological materials. Peptides and proteins have also been selected to bind metals, semiconductors and ions, inspiring the design of new materials for a wide range of applications in nano-biotechnology.
In kinesin motors, a fundamental question concerns the mechanism by which ATP binding generates the force required for walking. Analysis of available structures combined with molecular dynamics simulations demonstrates that the conformational change of the neck linker involves the nine-residue-long N-terminal region, the cover strand, as an element that is(More)
We investigated the supramolecular structure and continuum mechanical properties of a beta-sheet nanofiber comprised of a self-assembling peptide ac-[RARADADA]2-am using computer simulations. The supramolecular structure was determined by constructing candidate filaments with dimensions compatible with those observed in atomic force microscopy and selecting(More)
Amyloid fibril formation involves nonfibrillar oligomeric intermediates, which are important as possible cytotoxic species in neurodegenerative diseases. However, their transient nature and polydispersity have made it difficult to identify their formation mechanism or structure. We have investigated the dimerization process, the first step in aggregate(More)
Alpha-helical coiled-coils are common protein structural motifs. Whereas vast information is available regarding their structure, folding, and stability, far less is known about their elastic properties, even though they play mechanical roles in many cases such as tropomyosin in muscle contraction or neck stalks of kinesin or myosin motor proteins. Using(More)
We numerically study the length dependence in the bending stiffness of alpha helices, coiled coils, and a linear chain model. As the length approaches what we named the critical buckling length lc, the chain appears to become increasingly more flexible. This is due to weak nonbonded attractions that eventually lead to buckling instability and alter the(More)
Mechanical force plays an important role in the physiology of eukaryotic cells whose dominant structural constituent is the actin cytoskeleton composed mainly of actin and actin crosslinking proteins (ACPs). Thus, knowledge of rheological properties of actin networks is crucial for understanding the mechanics and processes of cells. We used Brownian(More)