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The role of conformational flexibility in prion propagation and maintenance for Sup35p

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Scheibel, Thomas ; Lindquist, Susan L.:
The role of conformational flexibility in prion propagation and maintenance for Sup35p.
In: Nature Structural Biology. Vol. 8 (November 2001) Issue 11 . - pp. 958-962.
ISSN 1072-8368
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/nsb1101-958

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The [PSI(+)] factor of Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a protein-based genetic element (prion) comprised of a heritable altered conformation of the cytosolic translation termination factor Sup35p. In vitro, the prion-determining region (NM) of Sup35p undergoes conformational conversion from a highly flexible soluble state to structured amyloid fibers, with a rate that is greatly accelerated by preformed NM fiber nuclei. Nucleated conformational conversion is the molecular basis of the genetic inheritance of [PSI(+)] and provides a new model for studying amyloidogenesis. Here we investigate the importance of structure and structural flexibility in soluble NM. Elevated temperatures, chemical chaperones and certain mutations in NM increase or change its structural content and inhibit or enhance nucleated conformational conversion. We propose that the structural flexibility of NM is particularly suited to allowing heritable protein-based changes in cellular behavior.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Engineering Science
Faculties > Faculty of Engineering Science > Chair Biomaterials
Faculties > Faculty of Engineering Science > Chair Biomaterials > Chair Biomaterials - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheibel
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Advanced Materials
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Molecular Biosciences
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Polymer and Colloid Science
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields > Food and Health Sciences
Profile Fields
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences
600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences > 620 Engineering
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2015 11:45
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2015 10:51
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/19788