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Mapping aggregation-specific interactions in human disease

Our research focuses on understanding the mechanisms gearing protein folding and misfolding and their relation to human disease. In particular, we are investigating how protein aggregation affects the interactome by suppressing native interactions but also by introducing novel aggregation-specific interactions. These latter are especially relevant as they are usually associated with gain of function activities such as neurotoxicity (neurodegeneration).


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Newest publications

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    Exploiting the aggregation propensity of beta-lactamases to design inhibitors that induce enzyme misfolding

    Ladan Khodaparast, Laleh Khodaparast, Guiqin Wu, Emiel Michiels, Rodrigo Gallardo, Bert Houben, Teresa Garcia, Matthias De Vleeschouwer, Meine Ramakers, Hannah Wilkinson, Ramon Duran-Romaña, Johan Van Eldere , Frederic Rousseau, Joost Schymkowitz
    Nat Commun Sept 2023
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    Mechanisms and pathology of protein misfolding and aggregation

    Nikolaos Louros, Joost Schymkowitz, Frederic Rousseau
    Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol
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    Modulation of hen egg white protein techno-functionality by amyloid formation

    Margarita Monge-Morera, Nele Vluymans, Joëlle A.J. Housmans, Anja Vananroye, Paula Moldenaers, Joost Schymkowitz, Frederic Rousseau, Jan A. Delcour
    Food Hydrocolloids Volume 146, Part A
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    Improved coalescence and creaming stability of structured oil-in-water emulsions and emulsion gels containing ovalbumin amyloid-like fibrils produced by heat and enzymatic treatments

    Arne M.R. Huyst, Paul Van der Meeren, Joëlle A.J. Housmans, Margarita Monge-Morera, Frederic Rousseau, Joost Schymkowitz, Jan A. Delcour
    Food Hydrocolloids
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    SNPeffect 5.0: large-scale structural phenotyping of protein coding variants extracted from next-generation sequencing data using AlphaFold models

    Kobe Janssen , Ramon Duran-Romaña, Guy Bottu, Mainak Guharoy, Alexander Botzki , Frederic Rousseau, Joost Schymkowitz
    BMC Bioinformatics . 2023 Jul 18
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    Amyloid-like p53 as prognostic biomarker in serous ovarian cancer-a study of the OVCAD consortium

    Nicole Heinzl, Elisabeth Maritschnegg, Katarzyna Koziel, Christine Schilhart-Wallisch, Georg Heinze, Wei-Lei Yang, Robert C Bast, Jalid Sehouli, Elena I Braicu, Ignace Vergote, Toon Van Gorp, Sven Mahner, Valentina Paspalj, Christoph Grimm, Eva Obermayr, Eva Schuster, Barbara Holzer, Frederic Rousseau, Joost Schymkowitz, Nicole Concin, Robert Zeillinger
    Oncogene . 2023 Jul 4.