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Director, Benoit Coulombe PhD

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Mission

OUR GROUP IS USING AI TO IDENTIFY PROTEIN-PROTEIN INTERACTIONS BETWEEN HIGH PANDEMIC RISK ZOONOTIC RESPIRATORY VIRUSES AND HOST CELLS FOR ANTIVIRAL DRUG DISCOVERY

AlphaFold-pairs

AlphaFold-pairs is an algorithm that uses the AI system AlphaFold-Multimer (DeepMind/Google) to identify direct physical protein-protein interactions of human or viral origin. AlphaFold-pairs has been developed by the Translational Proteomics lab at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute

Interaction between HA of G4 virus and HSP90B1 as found by AlphaFold

Green   and  Blue   : HA protein from G4 virus

Orange and Yellow: Human HSP90B1

Blue     : Residues of HA that are part of the interface with HSP90B1

Yellow : Residues of HSP90B1 that are part of the interface with HA

AlphaFold-pairs score of 33 while the average for other HA proteins is 6

Upcoming Presentations by Benoit Coulombe

June 10-12 2024, Molecular chaperones in cancer, CNIO Stop Cancer, Madrid, Spain (Invited)

Recent

Most Recent Article

AI predicts protein direct physical interactions with AlphaFold-pairs

Poitras C, Lamontage F, Grandvaux N, Song H, Pinard M, Coulombe B.

High-accuracy mapping of human and viral direct physical protein-protein interactions using the novel computational system AlphaFold-pairs

IN PRESS

Protein-Protein interactions in human POLR2

Structural model of Pol II from the Cramer laboratory where bars' color and thickness represent interaction scores

Featured

Featured Articles

A mouse model to study RNA polymerase III-related leukodystrophies

Michell-Robinson M, Watt KEN, Grouza V, Macintosh J, Pinard M, Tuznik M, Chen X, Darbelli L, Wu CL, Perrier S, Chitsaz D, Uccelli NA, Liu H, Cox TC, Müller C, Kennedy TE, Coulombe B, Rudko D, Trainor PA, Bernard G.

Hypomyelination, hypodontia and craniofacial abnormalities in a Polr3b mouse model of leukodystrophy

IN PRESS

POLR3 delta 10 volcano plot

Discovery of a drug that stimulates protein complex assembly

Pinard M, Dastpeyman S, Poitras C, Bernard G, Gauthier MS, Coulombe B.

Riluzole partially restores RNA polymerase III complex assembly in cells expressing the leukodystrophy-causative variant POLR3B R103H

Mol Brain. 2022 Nov 30;15(1):98. doi: 10.1186/s13041-022-00974-z.

Schematic representation of Pol III assembly defects caused by various mutated subunits -

Schematic representation of Pol III assembly defects caused by various mutated subunits

PAQosome Subunit RPAP3 Binds Ribosomal Preassembly Complexes

PAQosome Subunit RPAP3 Binds Ribosomal Preassembly Complexes

Discovery of a novel neurodegenerative disorder and causative mutations

Djordjevic D, Pinard M, Gauthier MS, Smith-Hicks C, Hoffman TL, Wolf NI, Oegema R, van Binsbergen E, Baskin B, Bernard G, Fribourg S, Coulombe B, Yoon G.

De novo variants in POLR3B cause ataxia, spasticity, and demyelinating neuropathy

Am J Hum Genet. 2021 Jan 7;108(1):186-193. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2020.12.002

Model of POLR3 in transcription initiation state

Model of POLR3 in transcription initiation state

Representation of putative alternative PAQosomes

Representation of putative alternative PAQosomes

Schematic of the PAQosome Structure, Adaptors, and Clients

Schematic of the PAQosome Structure, Adaptors, and Clients

Discovery of leukodystrophy-causing mutations that target assembly of RNA pol III

Thiffault I, Wolf NI, Forget D, Guerrero K, Tran LT, Choquet K, Lavallée-Adam M, Poitras C, Brais B, Yoon G, Sztriha L, Webster RI, Timmann D, van de Warrenburg BP, Seeger J, Zimmermann A, Máté A, Goizet C, Fung E, van der Knaap MS, Fribourg S, Vanderver A, Simons C, Taft RJ, Yates JR 3rd, Coulombe B, Bernard G.

Recessive mutations in POLR1C cause a leukodystrophy by impairing biogenesis of RNA polymerase III

Nat Commun. 2015 Jul 7;6:7623. doi: 10.1038/ncomms8623.

Impact of POLR1C mutations on polymerase assembly and nuclear import

Impact of POLR1C mutations on polymerase assembly and nuclear import

R2TP substrates

R2TP substrates

Using machine learning to build protein interaction networks

Jeronimo C, Forget D, Bouchard A, Li Q, Chua G, Poitras C, Thérien C, Bergeron D, Bourassa S, Greenblatt J, Chabot B, Poirier GG, Hughes TR, Blanchette M, Price DH, Coulombe B.

Systematic analysis of the protein interaction network for the human transcription machinery reveals the identity of the 7SK capping enzyme

Mol Cell. 2007 Jul 20;27(2):262-274. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2007.06.027.

Application of machine learning to construct an interaction network for the human RNA polymerase II transcription machinery, leading to discovery of the 7SK capping enzyme

RNAP II Transcription Machinery

A Network of Protein Complexes Involving the RNAP II Basal Transcription Machinery

Team

Team

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Dr. Benoit Coulombe

Director

Biography

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Asmae Moursli

PhD Student

Golden Marble

Vijaya Madoo

Administrative Assistant

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Dr. Maxime Pinard

Senior Associate Researcher

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Christian Poitras

System Analyst

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