The Evolution of Beta Amyloid Cleaving Enzyme (BACE1): an Alzheimer’s Disease Drug Target

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Plaque formation in Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is seeded by excision products of Amyloid precursor protein (APP) generated by the combined activities of beta and gamma secretases. To reduce the production of these neurotoxic peptides the inhibition of beta-secretase (Beta-site APP Cleaving Enzyme, BACE1, Swiss-Prot P56817) is being intensively pursued as a possible therapy for AD and all drug candidates are screened for selectivity against the paralogue (BACE2, Swiss-Prot Q9Y5Z0) which...

Data Mining of Enzymes

submitted by: davidhorn

Protein functional prediction

Bacterial Inclusion Bodies Contain Amyloid-Like Structure

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submitted by: apryl
Protein aggregation is a process in which identical proteins self-associate into imperfectly ordered macroscopic entities. Such aggregates are generally classified as amorphous, lacking any long-range order, or highly ordered fibrils. Protein fibrils can be composed of native globular molecules, such as the hemoglobin molecules in sickle-cell fibrils, or can be reorganized β-sheet–rich aggregates, termed amyloid-like fibrils. Amyloid fibrils are associated with several...
Authors: David Eisenberg, Samir K Maji, Roland Riek, Michael R Sawaya, Lei Wang

Structural Comparison of Mammalian Insulin and their Immunological Effects of Humans

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A video accompanying a poster presentation by Julian Sesma and Jesus Sesma from Castle Park High School. From the RCSB Summer Course in Introductory Bioinformatics as part of the Howard Hughes Scholars Program, UCSD.

Structural Evolution of the Protein Kinase–Like Superfamily

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submitted by: escheeff
The protein kinase family is large and important, but it is only one family in a larger superfamily of homologous kinases that phosphorylate a variety of substrates and play important roles in all three superkingdoms of life. We used a carefully constructed structural alignment of selected kinases as the basis for a study of the structural evolution of the protein kinase–like superfamily. The comparison of structures revealed a “universal core” domain consisting only of...
Authors: Eric d Scheeff, Philip e Bourne