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Nanobodies raised against monomeric α-synuclein distinguish between fibrils at different maturation stages.

Guilliams, T and El-Turk, F and Buell, AK and O'Day, EM and Aprile, FA and Esbjörner, EK and Vendruscolo, M and Cremades, N and Pardon, E and Wyns, L and Welland, ME and Steyaert, J and Christodoulou, J and Dobson, CM and De Genst, E (2013) Nanobodies raised against monomeric α-synuclein distinguish between fibrils at different maturation stages. J Mol Biol, 425. pp. 2397-2411.

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Nanobodies are single-domain fragments of camelid antibodies that are emerging as versatile tools in biotechnology. We describe here the interactions of a specific nanobody, NbSyn87, with the monomeric and fibrillar forms of α-synuclein (αSyn), a 140-residue protein whose aggregation is associated with Parkinson's disease. We have characterized these interactions using a range of biophysical techniques, including nuclear magnetic resonance and circular dichroism spectroscopy, isothermal titration calorimetry and quartz crystal microbalance measurements. In addition, we have compared the results with those that we have reported previously for a different nanobody, NbSyn2, also raised against monomeric αSyn. This comparison indicates that NbSyn87 and NbSyn2 bind with nanomolar affinity to distinctive epitopes within the C-terminal domain of soluble αSyn, comprising approximately amino acids 118-131 and 137-140, respectively. The calorimetric and quartz crystal microbalance data indicate that the epitopes of both nanobodies are still accessible when αSyn converts into its fibrillar structure. The apparent affinities and other thermodynamic parameters defining the binding between the nanobody and the fibrils, however, vary significantly with the length of time that the process of fibril formation has been allowed to progress and with the conditions under which formation occurs, indicating that the environment of the C-terminal domain of αSyn changes as fibril assembly takes place. These results demonstrate that nanobodies are able to target forms of potentially pathogenic aggregates that differ from each other in relatively minor details of their structure, such as those associated with fibril maturation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Calorimetry Circular Dichroism Epitope Mapping Kinetics Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Protein Binding Protein Denaturation Protein Multimerization Single-Domain Antibodies Thermodynamics alpha-Synuclein
Divisions: Div B > Solid State Electronics and Nanoscale Science
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 18:58
Last Modified: 19 May 2018 20:11