Molecular Degradation

Proteasome-mediated proteolysis

Eukaryotic cells contains thousands of different proteins, many of which are required for only brief periods during the cellular cycle. These short-lived proteins, along with any misfolded or damaged intracellular proteins, are destroyed by a large proteolytic complex named the 26S proteasome.... read more


CRISPR-mediated prokaryotic immunity

In E. coli, CRISPR transcripts are processed into short RNAs that are incorporated into a large ribonucleoprotein surveillance complex called Cascade. This complex specifically targets and binds foreign nucleic acids in a sequence-specific manner, followed by degradation of the targeted substrate. We used cryo-electron microscopy to determine the structure of Cascade before and after binding to a target substrate... read more


Exosome and RNA Processing

The eukaryotic exosome is a conserved complex important for 3' end trimming and degradation of RNA. In yeast, the Rrp44 protein constitutively associates with the nine-subunit core exosome and provides the sole sources of processive 3'-to-5' exoribonuclease activity. We have obtained EM reconstructions of the core and Rrp44-bound exosome complexes... read more



Recent publications

Zhang et al. <a href=http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0092867415008491> Mechanistic origin of microtubule dynamic instability and its modulation by EB proteins</a><i> Cell 2015 Aug 13;162(4):849-59 Nogales and Scheres <a href=http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26000851> Cryo-EM: A Unique Tool for the Visualization of Macromolecular Complexity.</a><i>Mol Cell</i>, May 21;58(4):677-689 Taylor et al. <a href=http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25837515> Structures of the CRISPR-Cmr complex reveal mode of RNA target positioning.</a><i>Science</i>, 2015 May 1;348(6234):581-5 Baskaran et al. <a href=http://elifesciences.org/content/early/2014/12/09/eLife.05115> Architecture and dynamics of the autophagic phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase complex</a><i>eLife</i>, 2014;10.7554 Epub Raymond Staals, Yifan Zhu, David Taylor et al. <a href=http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1097276514007898> RNA Targeting by the Type III-A CRISPR-Cas Csm Complex of Thermus thermophilus.</a> <i>Mol Cell</i> <b>56</b>, 518-539 Greg Alushin et al. <a href=http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24855948> High-Resolution Microtubule Structures Reveal the Structural Transitions in αβ-Tubulin upon GTP Hydrolysis</a><i>Cell</i>, 157(5)1117-29.

David Taylor has won an Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow Award from the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Eva Nogales has won the 2016 Mildred Cohn Award in biological chemistry from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Eva Nogales has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences.