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Reference: Wang YQ, et al. (2011) The fibrils of Ure2p homologs from Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Saccharoymyces paradoxus have similar cross-? structure in both dried and hydrated forms. J Struct Biol 174(3):505-11

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The ability to convert into amyloid fibrils is a common feature of prion proteins. However, not all amyloid-forming proteins act as prions. Here, we compared two homologs of the yeast prion protein Ure2 from Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Saccharomyces paradoxus, ScUre2p and SpUre2p, which have different prion propensities in vivo. We also addressed the controversial issue of whether hydrated fibrils of Ure2 show a fundamentally different X-ray diffraction pattern than dried samples. Using Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR) and wide angle X-ray scattering of dried and concentrated hydrated fibrils, we compared the fibril structure of ScUre2p and SpUre2p. The results show that fibrils of ScUre2p and SpUre2 have a similar cross-? core under dried and hydrated conditions, with the same inter-strand and inter-sheet spacings. Given the different prion propensity of the two Ure2p homologs, this suggests that the detailed organization of the cross-? core may play an important role in the efficiency of prion propagation.

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Wang YQ, Bongiovanni M, Gras SL, Perrett S
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