Zuzana Gažová

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The abnormal aggregation of tau protein into paired helical filaments (PHFs) is one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease. Aggregation takes place in the cytoplasm and could therefore be cytotoxic for neurons. To find inhibitors of PHF aggregation we screened a library of 200,000 compounds. The hits found in the PHF inhibition assay were also tested for(More)
We generated several cell models of tauopathy in order to study the mechanisms of neurodegeneration in diseases involving abnormal changes of tau protein. N2a neuroblastoma cell lines were created that inducibly express different variants of the repeat domain of tau (tau(RD)) when exposed to doxycycline (Tet-On system). The following three constructs were(More)
It is well known that oligomeric/aggregated amyloid β peptides are a key player in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease and that different nanoparticles influence oligomerization/aggregation processes in experiments in vitro. Our previous results demonstrated antiaggregation effects of magnetite nanoparticles in the case of protein lysozyme, however,(More)
Alzheimer's disease is a multifactorial disease that is characterized mainly by Amyloid-β (A-β) deposits, cholinergic deficit and extensive metal (copper, iron)-induced oxidative stress. In this work we present details of the synthesis, antioxidant and copper-chelating properties, DNA protection study, cholinergic activity and amyloid-antiaggregation(More)
The polymorphism of amyloid fibrils is potentially crucial as it may underlie the natural variability of amyloid diseases and could be important in developing a fuller understanding of the molecular basis of protein deposition disorders. This study examines morphological differences in lysozyme fibrils and the implications of these differences in terms of(More)
The amyloidoses are diseases associated with nonnative folding of proteins and characterized by the presence of protein amyloid aggregates. The ability of quercetin, resveratrol, caffeic acid, and their equimolar mixtures to affect amyloid aggregation of hen egg white lysozyme in vitro was detected by Thioflavin T fluorescence assay. The anti-amyloid(More)
Pathogenesis of amyloid-related diseases is associated with the presence of protein amyloid deposits. Insulin amyloids have been reported in a patient with diabetes undergoing treatment by injection of insulin and causes problems in the production and storage of this drug and in pplication of insulin pumps. We have studied the interference of insulin(More)
We have screened a library of structurally distinct acridine derivatives (19 compounds) for their ability to inhibit lysozyme amyloid aggregation in vitro. Studied acridines were divided into three structurally different groups depending on the molecule planarity and type of the side chain—planar acridines, spiroacridines and tetrahydroacridines.(More)
The histopathological diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease relies on two kinds of proteinaceous aggregates: the extracellular plaques built from filaments of the Abeta-peptide and the intracellular tangles consisting of tau polymerized into Paired Helical Filaments (PHFs). The order of aggregation events is still under debate, but it is well accepted that(More)
Cell models of tauopathy were generated in order to study mechanisms of neurodegeneration involving abnormal changes of tau. They are based on neuroblastoma cell lines (N2a) that inducibly express different forms of the repeat domain of tau (tau(RD)), e.g. the 4-repeat domain of tau with the wild-type sequence, the repeat domain with the DeltaK280 mutation(More)