A Four-Amino Acid Linker between Repeats in the α-Synuclein Sequence Is Important for Fibril Formation

Volodymyr Shvadchak, Vinod Subramaniam

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α-Synuclein is a 140-amino acid protein that can switch conformation among intrinsically disordered in solution, helical on a membrane, and β-sheet in amyloid fibrils. Using the fluorescence of single-tryptophan mutants, we determined the immersion of different regions of the protein into lipid membranes. Our results suggest the presence of a flexible break close to residues 52–55 between two helical domains. The four-amino acid linker is not necessary for membrane binding but is important for fibril formation. A deletion mutant lacking this linker aggregates extremely slowly and slightly inhibits wild-type aggregation, possibly by blocking the growing ends of fibrils.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-281
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemistry (USA)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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