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Centre for Misfolding Diseases

Gabriella (Gabi) Heller is the Rosalind Franklin Research Fellow at Newnham College. Her research focuses on intrinsically disordered proteins, biomolecules lacking a single, rigid three-dimensional structure that instead exist as a dynamic equilibrium of conformationally distinct states. These proteins are highly prevalent in diseases such as dementia and cancer, yet are often considered therapeutically 'untargetable' as they are unamenable to traditional drug discovery techniques.  Gabriella aims to understand whether and how intrinsically disordered proteins can be targeted by small molecule therapeutics using a combination of computational and experimental techniques. 


Multistep Inhibition of α‑Synuclein Aggregation and Toxicity in Vitro and in Vivo by Trodusquemine
M Perni, P Flagmeier, R Limbocker, R Cascella, FA Aprile, C Galvagnion, GT Heller, G Meisl, SW Chen, JR Kumita, PK Challa, JB Kirkegaard, SIA Cohen, B Mannini, D Barbut, EAA Nollen, C Cecchi, N Cremades, TPJ Knowles, F Chiti, M Zasloff, M Vendruscolo, CM Dobson
– ACS Chem Biol
Sequence Specificity in the Entropy-Driven Binding of a Small Molecule and a Disordered Peptide.
GT Heller, FA Aprile, M Bonomi, C Camilloni, A De Simone, M Vendruscolo
– J Mol Biol
Methods of probing the interactions between small molecules and disordered proteins.
GT Heller, FA Aprile, M Vendruscolo
– Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences
Simultaneous quantification of protein order and disorder.
P Sormanni, D Piovesan, GT Heller, M Bonomi, P Kukic, C Camilloni, M Fuxreiter, Z Dosztanyi, RV Pappu, MM Babu, S Longhi, P Tompa, AK Dunker, VN Uversky, SCE Tosatto, M Vendruscolo
– Nat Chem Biol
A natural product inhibits the initiation of α-synuclein aggregation and suppresses its toxicity
M Perni, C Galvagnion, A Maltsev, G Meisl, MBD Müller, PK Challa, JB Kirkegaard, P Flagmeier, SIA Cohen, R Cascella, SW Chen, R Limboker, P Sormanni, GT Heller, FA Aprile, N Cremades, C Cecchi, F Chiti, EAA Nollen, TPJ Knowles, M Vendruscolo, A Bax, M Zasloff, CM Dobson
– Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Attenuating the Toxicity of Amyloid-Beta Aggregation with Specific Species
R Limbocker, B Mannini, M Perni, S Chia, G Heller, FS Ruggeri, J Habchi, G Meisl, PK Challa, M Zasloff, TPJ Knowles, M Vendruscolo, CM Dobson
– Biophysical Journal
Principles of protein structural ensemble determination
M Bonomi, GT Heller, C Camilloni, M Vendruscolo
– Curr Opin Struct Biol
Targeting disordered proteins with small molecules using entropy
GT Heller, P Sormanni, M Vendruscolo
– Trends in Biochemical Sciences
Topological Complexity in Protein Structures
E Flapan, G Heller
– Computational and Mathematical Biophysics
Vocabulary, syntax, and narrative development in typically developing children and children with early unilateral brain injury: early parental talk about the "there-and-then" matters.
ÖE Demir, ML Rowe, G Heller, S Goldin-Meadow, SC Levine
– Developmental Psychology
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