Copper-binding motifs Xxx-His or Xxx-Zzz-His (ATCUN) linked to an antimicrobial peptide: Cu-binding, antimicrobial activity and ROS production

Bouraguba, Merwan; Glattard, Elise; Naude, Maxime; Pelletier, Remi; Aisenbrey, Christopher; Bechinger, Burkhard; Raibaut, Laurent; Lebrun, Vincent; Faller, Peter*

Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry (2020), 213, 111255- DOI: 10.1016/j.jinorgbio.2020.111255

How trimerization of CTR1 N-terminal model peptides tunes Cu-binding
and redox-chemistry

Galler, Thibaut; Lebrun, Vincent; Raibaut, Laurent; Faller, Peter; Wezynfeld, Nina E*

Chemical Communications  (2020), 56(81), 12194-12197- DOI: 10.1039/D0CC04693K



A terbium(iii) luminescent ATCUN-based peptide sensor for selective and reversible
of copper(ii) in biological media

Chemical communications (2020), 56(35), 4797-4800. – DOI: 10.1039/D0CC01007C


The glutathione/metallothionein system challenges the design of 
efficient O2-activating Cu-complexes

Santoro A, Calvo JS, Peris-Díaz MD, Krężel A, Meloni G, Faller P*

Angewandte Chemie (2020), 59(20), 7830-7835. – DOI: 10.1002/anie.201916316




Acrolein and Copper as Competitive Effectors of α-Synuclein

HOT Paper

Falcone E, Ahmed IMM, Oliveri V, Bellia* F, Vileno B, El Khoury Y, Hellwig P, Faller P*, Vecchio G

Chemistry, 26(8), 1871-1879 (2019)- DOI: 10.1002/chem.201904885



Reversible turn-on fluorescent Cu(II) sensors: rather dream than reality?

(Dalton Transactions HOT articles)

Enrico Falcone,  Angélique Sour,  Vincent Lebrun,  Gilles Ulrich,  Laurent Raibaut* and  Peter Faller*

Dalton Trans, 48, 14233-14237 (2019) – DOI: 10.1039/C9DT02864A


(Bio)Chemical strategies to modulate amyloid-βself-assembly

Ayala S, Genevaux P, Hureau C, Faller P.

ACS Chem Neurosci. 10, 3366-3374 (2019) – DOI: 10.1021/acschemneuro.9b00239





                     Switching on Endogenous Metal Binding Proteins in Parkinson’s Disease

                     Fleur A. McLeary, Alexandre N. Rcom-H’cheo-Gauthier, Michael Goulding,

                     Rowan A. W. Radford, Yuho Okita , Peter Faller, Roger S. Chung and Dean L. Pountney*

                     Cells. 8, E179, (2019) – DOI: 10.3390/cells8020179


Triggering Cu-coordination change in Cu(II)-Ala-His-His by external ligands

Chem. Commun., 55, 8110-8113 (2019)  – DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b00711



Copper-Targeting Approaches in Alzhzeimer’s Disease: How To Improve
the Fallouts obtained from in VItro Studies 

Charlène Esmieu, Djamila Guettas, Amandine Conte-Daban, Laurent Sabater, Peter Faller, and Christelle Hureau*

Inorg. Chem., 58 (20), 13509-13527 ( – DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b00711



Role of PTA in the prevention of Cu(amyloid-β) induced ROS formation and amyloid-β oligomerisation in the presence of Zn

Metallomics, 11, 1154-1161 (2019)   – DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b00711


Cu(II) Binding to the N-Terminal Model Peptide of the Human Ctr2 Transporter at
Lysosomal and Extracellular pH

Nina E. Wezynfeld,* Bertrand Vileno, and Peter Faller

Inorganic Chemistry, 58, 7488-7498 (2019)  – DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b00711




Reactivity of Cu(II)-, Zn(II)-, and Fe(II)-thiosemicarbazone complexes with glutathione and metallothionein: from stability to dissociation to transmetallation

Metallomics, 11, 994-1004 (2019) – DOI: 10.1039/C9MT00061E



   A Molecular Theranostic Agents for Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
   and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)               

   Sébastien Jenni, Angélique Sour*

   Inorganics7(1), 10 (2019) – DOI: 10.1039/C8MT00274F






The N-terminal 14-mer model peptide of human Ctr1 can collect Cu(II)
from albumin. Implications for copper uptake by Ctr1

Ewelina Stefaniak, Dawid Płonka, Simon C. Drew, Karolina Bossak-Ahmad,
Kathryn L. Haas, M. Jake Pushie, Peter Faller, Nina E. Wezynfeld*, Wojciech Bal*

Metallomics, 10, 1723-1727 (2018) – DOI: 10.1039/C8MT00274F



                Cu transfer from amyloid-β4–16 to metallothionein-3 : the role of the
                neurotransmitter glutamate and metallothionein-3 Zn(II)-load states

                Alice Santoro, Nina Ewa Wezynfeld, Ewelina Stefaniak, Adam Pomorski, Dawid Płonka,
                Artur Krężel* Wojciech Bal*, Peter Faller*

                Chem. Commun. 54, 12634-12637 (2018) – DOI: 10.1039/C8CC06221H




Low catalytic activity of the Cu(II)-binding motif (Xxx-Zzz-His; ATCUN) in reactive oxygen species production and inhibition by the Cu(I)-chelator BCS

Alice Santoro, Gulshan Walke, Bertrand Vileno, Prasad P. Kulkarni, Laurent Raibaut,
Peter Faller*

Chem. Commun. 54, 11945-11948 (2018) – DOI: 10.1039/C8CC06040A



Cu and Zn interaction with amyloid peptides: From fascinating chemistry to debated pathological relevance

Elena Atrián-Blasco, Paulina Gonzalez, Alice Santoro, Bruno Alies, Peter Faller, Christelle Hureau *

Coord. Chem. Rev. 371, 38-55 (2018) – DOI:  10.1016/j.ccr.2018.04.007


Toc 2018Burning Amyloid-β with a Near-Infrared Photosensitizer

Lebrun, V. & Faller. P.  (Preview, not peer reviewed)

CHEM, 4, 663–665 (2018) – DOI: 10.1016/j.chempr.2018.03.019





Toc 2018Ascorbate oxidation by Cu(Amyloid-β) complexes: determination of the intrinsic rate as function of alterations in the peptide sequence reveals key residues for ROS production

Atrián-Blasco E, Del Barrio M, Faller P.* Hureau C.*

Anal Chem. 90, 5909-5915 (2018) – DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.8b00740



Toc 2018N-terminal Cu Binding Motifs Xxx-Zzz-His (ATCUN) and Xxx-His and their derivatives: Chemistry, Biology and Medicinal Applications

Gonzalez P, Bossak K, Stefaniak E, Hureau C, Raibaut L, Bal W.*, Faller, P.*

Chem. Eur. J.  24, 8029-8041 (2018) – DOI: 10.1002/chem.201705398




Aβ/drug interactions from computer simulations and cell-based assays

Nguyen PH, Del Castillo-Frias MP, Berthoumieux O, Faller P, Doig AJ, Derreumaux P.*

J Alzheimers Dis. – DOI: 10.3233/JAD-179902.(2018)


Toc 2017Cu(II)-binding to the peptide Ala-His-His, a chimera of the canonical Cu(II)-binding motifs Xxx-His and Xxx-Zzz-His (ATCUN)

Gonzalez P, Vileno B, Bossak K, El Khoury Y, Hellwig P, Bal W, Hureau C*, Faller P.*

Inorg. Chem. 56, 14870-14879 (2017) – DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b01996







Toc 2017Chemistry of Mammalian Metallothioneins and their Interaction with Amyloidogenic Peptides and Proteins

Atrián-Blasco E, Santoro A, Pountney DL, Meloni G, Hureau C, Faller P.*

Chem. Soc. Rev., 46, 7683-7693 (2017) – DOI: 10.1039/c7cs00448f



Toc 2017Oxidative stress and the amyloid beta peptide in Alzheimer’s Disease

Cheignon C, Tomas M, Bonnefont-Rousselot D, Faller P, Hureau C, Collin F.*

Redox Biology, 14, 450-464 (2018) – DOI: 10.1016/j.redox.2017.10.014





Cysteine and Glutathione trigger the Cu-Zn swap between Cu(II)-Amyloid-β4-16 peptide and Zn7-Metallothionein-3Toc 2017

Santoro A, Wezynfeld N. E., Vašák M, Bal W, Faller P.*

Chem. Comm., 53, 11634-11637 (2017) – DOI: 10.1039/c7cc06802f





Toc 2017Why Is Research on Amyloid-β Failing to Give New Drugs for Alzheimer’s Disease? (Viewpoint)

Doig AJ, Del Castillo-Frias MP, Berthoumieu O, Tarus B, Nasica-Labouze J, Sterpone F, Nguyen PH, Hooper NM, Faller P, Derreumaux P.

ACS Chem Neurosci. ACS, 8, 1435-1437 (2017) – DOI: 10.1021/acschemneuro.7b00188




Toc 2017Identification of key structural features of the elusive Cu-Aβ complex generating ROS in Alzheimer’s Disease

Cheignon C, Jones M, Atrián-Blasco E, Kieffer I, Faller P, Collin F, Hureau C.*

Chemical Science, 8, 5107-5118 (2017) – DOI: 10.1039/c7sc00809k



Similarities and differences of copper and zinc cations binding to biological relevant peptides studied by vibrational spectroscopies

Schirer A, El Khoury Y, Faller P, Hellwig P.*

Biol. Inorg. Chem, 22, 581-589 (2017) – DOI: 10.1007/s00775-017-1449-0

Metallothionein, Copper and Alpha-Synuclein in Alpha-Synucleinopathies

Okita Y, Rcom-H’cheo-Gauthier AN, Goulding M, Chung RS, Faller P, Pountney DL.*

Front Neurosci. Apr 4;11:114. – DOI: 10.3389/fnins.2017.00114