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Structural changes of the selected protein fibrils induced by phosphorylation and the interaction with 14-3-3 proteins


Project Description

: Several neurodegenerative diseases are asociated with the formation of fibrous (fibrillar) protein agreggates. The fibrillization of amyloid beta peptide into amyloid plaques and the agregation of hyperphosphorylated tau protein into neurofibrillar tangles are main neuropatological signs of Alzheimer disease. Studying of how different factors influence the formation of protein fibrils is the key for understanding this neurodegerative processes. The main aim of this PhD project will be characterization of structural changes in the formation of protein fibrils due to different phosphorylation state and the interaction with 14-3-3 proteins. Interdisciplinary approach combining molecular biology and structural biology (mainly cryoEM tomography) methods will be applied. Molecular binding mode involving 14-3-3 will be elucidated by NMR.

Keywords: neurodegenerative diseases, Alzheimer disease, protein fibrils, phosphorylation state, 14-3-3 proteins, cryoEM tomography, NMR

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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