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Interactions underlying physiological function of Microtubule Associated Protein 2c


Project Description

Microtubule associated protein 2c (MAP2c) is a key factor regulating microtubule dynamics in developing brain neurons, and an example of an intrinsically disordered proteins with an important physiological function and detectable structure-function relationship. The first goal is to study MAP2c in a natural complexity and by methods providing atomic resolution. Such methods include paramagnetic relaxation interference, to detect and describe transient local structures of MAP2c important for its function, and real-time NMR, to monitor kinetics of MAP2c phosphorylation by relevant kinases of different signalling pathways. The second goal is to characterize interactions of MAP2c with biologically important binding partners, especially with isoforms and a monomeric form of regulatory protein 14-3-3. The third goal is to test the effect of cellular environment on MAP2c by recording NMR spectra at near-to-native conditions (in cells and/or cell lysates) and/or by performing cryo-electron tomography on monolayered neurons.

Keywords: Microtubule Associated Protein 2c, MAP2c, NMR spectroscopy, cryo-electron tomography, 14-3-3 protein

Applicants who wish to pursue a degree at the CEITEC PhD programme must hold the equivalent of a Master’s degree (MSc) in similar field (four or five year undergraduate degree). The application can be submitted before obtaining the Master’s degree, however, the applicant should obtain the degree within five month after the application deadline.

Funding Notes

Admission for studies, student registration for the full-time study programme and proper fulfilment of student duties constitute the student’s right to a regular scholarship of 22 000 CZK (850 EUR). Information is available at View Website
Living costs and other practicalities available at View Website

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