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Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry

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Professor of Biophysics

Our research

In the last 15 years our research has been focused on the development of methods of characterising the structure, dynamics and interactions of proteins in previously inaccessible states. These methods are based on the use of experimental data, in particular from nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, as structural restraints in molecular dynamics simulations. Through this approach it is possible to obtain information about a variety of protein conformations, as for example those populated during the folding process, and about protein interactions in complex environments, including those generating aggregate species that are associated with neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

Application to neurodegenerative diseases

More recently, these studies have led us to investigate the physico-chemical principles of proteins homeostasis and their application to the development of therapeutic strategies against neurodegenerative diseases. Starting from the observation that proteins are expressed in the cell at levels close to their solubility limits, we are developing approaches to prevent or delay misfolding disorders based on the enhancement of our quality control mechanisms against protein aggregation.

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Sequence Determinants of the Aggregation of Proteins Within Condensates Generated by Liquid-liquid Phase Separation
M Vendruscolo, M Fuxreiter
– Journal of molecular biology
Squalamine and trodusquemine: two natural products for neurodegenerative diseases, from physical chemistry to the clinic
R Limbocker, S Errico, D Barbut, TPJ Knowles, M Vendruscolo, F Chiti, M Zasloff
– Natural product reports
Common sequence motifs of nascent chains engage the ribosome surface and trigger factor
A Deckert, AME Cassaignau, X Wang, T Włodarski, SHS Chan, CA Waudby, JP Kirkpatrick, M Vendruscolo, LD Cabrita, J Christodoulou
– Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Identification of a Thyroid Hormone Derivative as a Pleiotropic Agent for the Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease
M Runfola, M Perni, X Yang, M Marchese, A Bacci, S Mero, FM Santorelli, B Polini, G Chiellini, D Giuliani, A Vilella, M Bodria, E Daini, E Vandini, S Rudge, S Gul, MOJ Wakelam, M Vendruscolo, S Rapposelli
– Pharmaceuticals (Basel, Switzerland)
Neuroserpin and transthyretin are extracellular chaperones that preferentially inhibit amyloid formation.
J West, S Satapathy, DR Whiten, M Kelly, NJ Geraghty, E-J Proctor, P Sormanni, M Vendruscolo, JN Buxbaum, M Ranson, MR Wilson
– Science advances
A Structural Ensemble of a Tau-Microtubule Complex Reveals Regulatory Tau Phosphorylation and Acetylation Mechanisms.
ZF Brotzakis, PR Lindstedt, RJ Taylor, DJ Rinauro, NCT Gallagher, GJL Bernardes, M Vendruscolo
– ACS Cent Sci
Proliferation of Tau 304-380 Fragment Aggregates through Autocatalytic Secondary Nucleation.
DC Rodriguez Camargo, E Sileikis, S Chia, E Axell, K Bernfur, RL Cataldi, SIA Cohen, G Meisl, J Habchi, TPJ Knowles, M Vendruscolo, S Linse
– ACS Chem Neurosci
A small molecule stabilises the disordered native state of the Alzheimer’s Aβ peptide
T Löhr, K Kohlhoff, G Heller, C Camilloni, M Vendruscolo
An open-source automated PEG precipitation assay to measure the relative solubility of proteins with low material requirement
M Oeller, P Sormanni, M Vendruscolo
– Scientific reports
Vitamin A and vitamin E metabolites comodulate amyloid-β aggregation
P Joshi, S Chia, X Yang, M Perni, J Habchi, M Vendruscolo
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