Thomas Zacharchenko

Thomas Zacharchenko
The University of Manchester · Faculty of Life Sciences

BSc , PhD

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June 2019 - May 2020
University of Leeds
Position
  • Fellow
June 2016 - May 2019
University of Leeds
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • I was a PDRA in the group of Dr Stephanie Wright in the Astbury Centre for Structural Biology.
September 2013 - June 2016
University of Liverpool
Position
  • PDRA

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Publications (28)
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Talin activates integrins, couples them to F-actin, and recruits vinculin to focal adhesions (FAs). Here, we report the structural characterization of the talin rod: 13 helical bundles (R1–R13) organized into a compact cluster of four-helix bundles (R2–R4) within a linear chain of five-helix bundles. Nine of the bundles contain vinculin-binding sit...
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Titin is a gigantic filamentous protein of the muscle sarcomere that plays roles in myofibril mechanics and homoeostasis. 3D-structures of multi-domain fragments of titin are now available that start revealing the molecular mechanisms governing its mechanical and scaffolding functions. This knowledge is now being translated into the fabrication of...
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Cell migration requires coordination between integ-rin-mediated cell adhesion to the extracellular matrix and force applied to adhesion sites. Talin plays a key role in coupling integrin receptors to the actomyosin contractile machinery, while deleted in liver cancer 1 (DLC1) is a Rho GAP that binds talin and regulates Rho, and therefore actomyosin...
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SHANK3, a synaptic scaffold protein and actin regulator, is widely expressed outside of the central nervous system with predominantly unknown function. Solving the structure of the SHANK3 N-terminal region revealed that the SPN domain is an unexpected Ras-association domain with high affinity for GTP-bound Ras and Rap G-proteins. The role of Rap1 i...
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The production of diffraction-quality protein crystals is challenging and often requires bespoke, time-consuming and expensive strategies. A system has been developed in which the BCL6 BTB domain acts as a crystallization chaperone and promiscuous assembly block that may form the basis for affinity-capture crystallography. The protein of interest i...
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B cell lymphoma 6 (BCL6) is a transcriptional repressor that is deregulated in diffuse large B cell lymphoma, and the peptide aptamer, Apt48, inhibits BCL6 by an unknown mechanism. We report the crystal structure of BCL6 in complex with an Apt48 peptide, and show that Apt48 binds to a therapeutically uncharacterized region at the bottom of the BCL6...
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Talin (TLN1) is a mechanosensitive component of adhesion complexes that directly couples integrins to the actin cytoskeleton. In response to force, talin undergoes switch-like behavior of its multiple rod domains that modulate interactions with its binding partners. Cyclin-dependent kinase-1 (CDK1) is a key regulator of the cell cycle, exerting its...
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Talin is a mechanosensitive component of adhesion complexes that directly couples integrins to the actin cytoskeleton. In response to force, talin undergoes switch-like behaviour of its multiple rod domains that modulate interactions with its binding partners. Cyclin-dependent kinase-1 (CDK1) is a key regulator of the cell cycle, exerting its effec...
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The purification of phosphorylated proteins in a folded state and in large enough quantity for biochemical or biophysical analysis remains a challenging task. Here, we develop a new implementation of the method of gallium immobilized metal chromatography (Ga³⁺-IMAC) as to permit the selective enrichment of phosphoproteins in the milligram scale and...
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Talin mediates attachment of the cell to the extracellular matrix. It is targeted by the Rap1 effector RIAM to focal adhesion sites and subsequently undergoes force-induced conformational opening to recruit the actin-interacting protein vinculin. The conformational switch involves the talin R3 domain, which binds RIAM when closed and vinculin when...
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Human protein phosphatase 1 nuclear targeting subunit (PNUTS) plays critical roles in DNA repair, cell growth and survival. The N-terminal domain of PNUTS mediates interactions with Tox4 and the phosphatase and tensin homolog PTEN, which are essential for the roles of this protein. To study this N-terminal domain, we have established its recombinan...

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Crystallographic analysis of protein-protein complexes.