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    In-cell NMR characterization of the secondary structure populations of a disordered conformation of α-Synuclein within E. coli cells

    Temussi, P.A. and Waudby, Christopher A. and Camilloni, C. and Fitzpatrick, A.W.P. and Cabrita, L.D. and Dobson, C.M. and Vendruscolo, M. and Christodoulou, John (2013) In-cell NMR characterization of the secondary structure populations of a disordered conformation of α-Synuclein within E. coli cells. PLoS ONE 8 (8), e72286. ISSN 1932-6203.

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    Abstract

    α-Synuclein is a small protein strongly implicated in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease and related neurodegenerative disorders. We report here the use of in-cell NMR spectroscopy to observe directly the structure and dynamics of this protein within E. coli cells. To improve the accuracy in the measurement of backbone chemical shifts within crowded in-cell NMR spectra, we have developed a deconvolution method to reduce inhomogeneous line broadening within cellular samples. The resulting chemical shift values were then used to evaluate the distribution of secondary structure populations which, in the absence of stable tertiary contacts, are a most effective way to describe the conformational fluctuations of disordered proteins. The results indicate that, at least within the bacterial cytosol, α-synuclein populates a highly dynamic state that, despite the highly crowded environment, has the same characteristics as the disordered monomeric form observed in aqueous solution.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Science > Biological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Structural Molecular Biology, Institute of (ISMB)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2013 09:06
    Last Modified: 12 Feb 2021 19:04
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/8070

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