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Title: Polythreonine aggregation and yeast prion [PSI+]
Authors: Nah, Manessa Shue Ern
Keywords: Science::Biological sciences
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: Nanyang Technological University
Source: Nah, M. S. E. (2022). Polythreonine aggregation and yeast prion [PSI+]. Final Year Project (FYP), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Abstract: Protein aggregation is the self-assembly of misfolded proteins which underlies most late-onset neurodegenerative diseases. Previous studies have shown that one of the main causes of protein aggregation is the expansion of nucleotide repeats. In this study, I attempted to characterize polythreonine (polyT) that the laboratory of Prof. Choe identified as a protein aggregation motif. By using western blot and fluorescence microscopy, I showed that polyT exhibits amyloid-like characteristics, including the detergent resistance and the seeding effect that facilitates aggregation of other proteins with shorter polythreonine stretches. I asked if the polythreonine sequence can replace another amyloidogenic protein domain. The N-terminal domain of yeast Sup35 was replaced with 10 or 14 polythreonine stretches to examine if polythreonine can form and maintain the [PSI+] prion phenotype. However, I could not observe the appearance of [PSI+] prion using cells genetically modified to introduce polyT. Therefore, physicochemical characters of polyT remains to be studied further.
Schools: School of Biological Sciences 
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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