Alpha-Synuclein Modulates the Physical Properties of DNA
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2018

Published by Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA. Fundamental research on Parkinson's disease (PD) most often focuses on the ability of α-synuclein (aS) to form oligomers and amyloids, and how such species promote brain cell death. However, there are indications that aS also plays a gene-regulatory role in the cell nucleus. Here, the interaction between monomeric aS and DNA in vitro has been investigated with single-molecule techniques. Using a nanofluidic channel system, it was discovered that aS binds to DNA and by studying the DNA–protein complexes at different confinements we determined that aS binding increases the persistence length of DNA from 70 to 90 nm at high coverage. By atomic force microscopy it was revealed that at low protein-to-DNA ratio, the aS binding occurs as small protein clusters scattered along the DNA; at high protein-to-DNA ratio, the DNA is fully covered by protein. As DNA-aS interactions may play roles in PD, it is of importance to characterize biophysical properties of such complexes in detail.







Kai Jiang

Chalmers, Biologi och bioteknik, Kemisk biologi

Sandra Rocha

Chalmers, Biologi och bioteknik, Kemisk biologi

Alvina Westling

Student vid Chalmers

Sriram Kesarimangalam

Chalmers, Biologi och bioteknik, Kemisk biologi

Kevin D. Dorfman

University of Minnesota

Pernilla Wittung Stafshede

Chalmers, Biologi och bioteknik, Kemisk biologi

Fredrik Westerlund

Chalmers, Biologi och bioteknik, Kemisk biologi

Chemistry - A European Journal

0947-6539 (ISSN) 1521-3765 (eISSN)

Vol. 24 58 15685-15690


Biokemi och molekylärbiologi


Medicinsk bioteknologi (med inriktning mot cellbiologi (inklusive stamcellsbiologi), molekylärbiologi, mikrobiologi, biokemi eller biofarmaci)





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