Photo Dr. Nikolaos Louros

2011-2016 : Department of Cell Biology and Biophysics, Faculty of Biology, University of Athens,
Ph.D in Biophysics/Structural Biology, entitled "Structural studies of 'aggregation-prone' peptide-analogues of proteins implicated with amyloidosis diseases and for the formation of functional protective amyloids".
(Supervisor : Prof. S. J. Hamodrakas)

2012-2014 : M.Sc in Bioinformatics, Faculty of Biology, University of Athens
Thesis Title: "Structural studies regarding sequence repeats of amyloidogenic proteins".
(Supervisor : Prof. S. J. Hamodrakas)

2006-2011 : B.Sc in Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Athens
Diploma Thesis: "Biophysical studies of peptide-analogues of zona pellucida proteins with amyloidogenic properties".
(Supervisor : Prof. S. J. Hamodrakas)

My scientific research interests are currently focused in the fields of Structural Biology/Molecular Biophysics and Structural Bioinformatics/Computational Biology.
More specifically:
1. Structural studies of "aggregation-prone" peptide-analogues of proteins involved in the formation of functional amyloids.
2. Structural studies of "aggregation-prone" peptide-analogues of proteins associated with conformational diseases/amyloidoses.
3. Computational and structural analysis of repetitive sequences.
4. Protein structure determination by comparative modeling techniques.
5. Protein Folding/Protein-protein Interactions.

Tsiolaki, P.L., Louros, N.N., Zompra, A.A.,Hamodrakas, S.J., Iconomidou, V.A. (2016) Unraveling the aggregation propensity of human insulin C-peptide. Biopolymers. 2016 Jun 3. [Epub ahead of print] [Abstract] [PDF] doi: 10.1002/bip.22882.
Louros, N.N., Bolas, G.M., Tsiolaki, P.L., Hamodrakas, S.J., Iconomidou, V.A. (2016) Intrinsic Aggregation Propensity of the CsgB Nucleator Protein is Crucial for Curli Fiber Formation. J. Struct. Biol. Aug;195(2):179-89. Epub 2016 May 28. [Abstract] [PDF] doi: 10.1016/j.jsb.2016.05.012.
Louros, N.N., Baltoumas, F.A., Hamodrakas, S.J., Iconomidou, V.A. (2016) A beta-solenoid model of the Pmel17 repeat domain: insights to the formation of functional amyloid fibrils. J. Comput. Aided. Mol. Des. Feb;30(2):153-64. [Abstract] [PDF] doi: 10.1007/s10822-015-9892-x.
Louros, N.N., Chrysina, E.D., Baltatzis, G.E., Patsouris, E.S., Hamodrakas, S.J., Iconomidou, V.A. (2016) A common "aggregation-prone" interface possibly participates in the self-assembly of human zona pellucida proteins. FEBS Letters, 590: 619-630. [Abstract] [PDF]doi: 10.1002/1873-3468.12099.
Louros, N.N., Iconomidou, V.A. (2016) Identification of an amyloid fibril forming segment of human Pmel17 repeat domain (RPT domain). Biopolymers. 2016 Jan;106(1):133-9. [Abstract] [PDF] doi: 10.1002/bip.22746.
Tsiolaki, P.L., Louros, N.N., Hamodrakas, S.J., Iconomidou, V.A. (2015) Exploring the 'aggregation-prone' core of human Cystatin C: A structural study. J. Struct. Biol. Sep;191(3):272-80. Epub 2015 Jul 31. [Abstract] [PDF] doi: 10.1016/j.jsb.2015.07.013
Louros, N.N., Tsiolaki, P.L., Griffin, M.D., Howlett, G.J., Hamodrakas, S.J., Iconomidou, V.A. (2015) Chameleon 'aggregation-prone' segments of apoA-I: A model of amyloid fibrils formed in apoA-I amyloidosis. Int. J. Biol. Macromol. Volume 79, pp. 711-718, August 2015. [Abstract] [PDF] doi: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2015.05.032
Louros, N.N., Tsiolaki, P.L., Zompra, A.A., Pappa, E.V., Magafa, V., Pairas, G., Cordopatis, P., Cheimonidou, C., Trougakos, I.P., Iconomidou, V.A., Hamodrakas, S.J.(2015) Structural Studies and Cytotoxicity Assays of "Aggregation-Prone" IAPP8-16 and its Non-Amyloidogenic Variants Suggest its Important Role in Fibrillogenesis and Cytotoxicity of Human Amylin (hIAPP). Biopolymers Volume 104, Issue 3, pp. 196-205, May 2015.[Abstract] [PDF] doi: 10.1002/bip.22650
Louros, N.N., Petronikolou N., Karamanos T., Cordopatis P., Iconomidou, V.A., Hamodrakas, S.J. (2014) Structural studies of 'aggregation-prone' peptide-analogues of teleostean egg chorion ZPB proteins. Biopolymers [Abstract] [PDF] doi: 10.1002/bip.22563
Louros, N.N., Iconomidou, V.A., Tsiolaki, P.L., Chrysina, E.D., Baltatzis, G.E., Patsouris, E.S., Hamodrakas, S.J.(2014) An N-terminal pro-atrial natriuretic peptide (NT-proANP) 'aggregation-prone' segment involved in isolated atrial amyloidosis. FEBS Lett., 588: 52-57. [Abstract] [PDF] doi: 10.1016/j.febslet.2013.10.049
Louros, N.N., Iconomidou, V.A., Giannelou, P., Hamodrakas, S.J. (2013) Structural Analysis of Peptide-Analogues of Human Zona Pellucida ZP1 Protein with Amyloidogenic Properties: Insights into Mammalian Zona Pellucida Formation. PLoS ONE 8(9): e73258. [Abstract] [PDF] doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0073258