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Mario Antonio Bianchet, Ph.D.

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  • Associate Professor of Neurology

Research Interests

Brain Development


My structural biology research targets macromolecules of biomedical interest, and focuses on understanding the relation between their biological function/dysfunction and three-dimensional structure, with a disease-oriented emphasis in pharmacological therapies. This research utilizes biochemical, molecular biology, and in particular biophysical methods such as X-ray diffraction and small angle scattering, computer modeling and simulation. During my structural enzymologist career, I have substantially contributed to the understanding of the relationship between structure and function of a number of biomedical  relevant macromolecules in different fields: bioenergetics (rat liver F1-ATPase); cytoprotection and DNA repair, (NAD[P]H Quinone acceptor oxidoreductases 1 and 2, and uracil DNA glycosylase); glycobiology, carbohydrate recognition (galectin-1, F-lectins); axon-guidance in nerve development (MICAL-1);  as well as infectious diseases (Mycobacterium tuberculosis L,D-transpeptidases) resulting in 70 publications and 60 structures deposition in the protein databank.

My present interest includes MICAL-1, an monooxygenase that mediates the cytoskeleton reorganization required by axon guidance processes; L,D-transpeptidases; NAD(P)H: quinone acceptor oxidoreductase, and HIV-1 regulatory and accessory proteins. Currently I am developing a structural biology research program focus on neurodegenerative diseases associated with viral infections, seeking the determination and characterization in atomic detail of pharmacologically exploitable protein-protein interactions involving these diseases pathogenesis and progression. more


  • Associate Professor of Neurology
  • Associate Professor of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry

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  • Ph.D., Universidad Nacional de La Plata - Facultad de Ciencias Medicina - La Plata (Argentina) (1988)

Research & Publications


Dr. Bianchet's lab focuses on structural and functional studies of proteins involved in neurodegeneration (associated with viral or oxidative-stress causes), nerve-development/regeneration (axon guidance), late-stage cell-wall biosynthesis in Mycobacterium tuberculosis and glycan-binding proteins.

Selected Publications

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Bianchet MA, Pan YH, Basta LAB, Saavedra H, Lloyd EP, Kumar P, Mattoo R, Townsend CA, Lamichhane G. Structural insight into the inactivation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis non-classical transpeptidase LdtMt2 by biapenem and tebipenem. BMC Biochem. 2017 May 25;18(1):8. doi: 10.1186/s12858-017-0082-4.

Hategan A , Bianchet M.A., SteinerJ, KarnaukhovaE, Emilios DimitriadisE , NathA. HIV-Tat protein complexes with amyloid β peptide to form multifibrillar structures and causes synergistic neurotoxicity. Nat Struct Mol Biol. (2017) Feb 20. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:28218748

Tyagi R, Li W, Parades D, Bianchet MA, Nath A. Inhibition of human endogenous retrovirus-K by antiretroviral drugs. Retrovirology. (2017) Mar 22;14(1):21. PMID:28330477

Alqassim SS, Urquiza M, Borgnia E, Nagib M, Amzel L. M and Bianchet M.A. Modulation of MICAL Monooxygenase Activity by its Calponin Homology Domain: Structural and Mechanistic Insights. Nature Scientific Reports. (2016)Mar 3;6:22176. doi: 10.1038/srep22176

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