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Phased fiber growth in a peptide conjugate: Aggregation and disaggregation studies
, S. Verma
Published in American Chemical Society
Volume: 111
Issue: 14
Pages: 3750 - 3757
A glycine-rich, short pentapeptide conjugate 6, derived from the highly conserved copper-binding octarepeat region of the prion protein, exhibits a tendency to self-aggregate in a time-dependent fashion. Aging of 6 afforded an insight into the phased growth of spherical prefibrillar structures to fibers of long persistence length, as observed by a combination of microscopic techniques. Interestingly, growth of these fibers was inhibited by colchicine, a known inhibitor of microtubule polymerization in a concentration dependent fashion. This study offers an intriguing insight into the occurrence of prefibrillar intermediates on the path to the formation of full length peptide fibers. It is also envisaged that constructs such as 6 may also serve as simple models to study chemical intervention of protein aggregation. © 2007 American Chemical Society.
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JournalData powered by TypesetJournal of Physical Chemistry B
PublisherData powered by TypesetAmerican Chemical Society