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See detailCrystallographic analysis of family 11 endo-beta-1,4-xylanase Xyl1 from Streptomyces sp. S38.
Wouters, J.; Georis, J.; Engher, D. et al

in Acta Crystallographica Section D-Biological Crystallography (2001), 57(Pt 12), 1813-9

Family 11 endo-beta-1,4-xylanases degrade xylan, the main constituent of plant hemicelluloses, and have many potential uses in biotechnology. The structure of Xyl1, a family 11 endo-xylanase from ... [more ▼]

Family 11 endo-beta-1,4-xylanases degrade xylan, the main constituent of plant hemicelluloses, and have many potential uses in biotechnology. The structure of Xyl1, a family 11 endo-xylanase from Streptomyces sp. S38, has been solved. The protein crystallized from ammonium sulfate in the trigonal space group P321, with unit-cell parameters a = b = 71.49, c = 130.30 A, gamma = 120.0 degrees. The structure was solved at 2.0 A by X-ray crystallography using the molecular-replacement method and refined to a final R factor of 18.5% (R(free) = 26.9%). Xyl1 has the overall fold characteristic of family 11 xylanases, with two highly twisted beta-sheets defining a long cleft containing the two catalytic residues Glu87 and Glu177. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression, purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of the native class C beta-lactamase from Enterobacter cloacae 908R and two mutants.
Wouters, J.; Charlier, Paulette ULg; Monnaie, D. et al

in Acta Crystallographica Section D-Biological Crystallography (2001), 57(Pt 1), 162-4

Crystals have been obtained of the Enterobacter cloacae 908R beta-lactamase and two point mutants by the vapour-diffusion method using similar conditions [pH 9.0, polyethylene glycol (M(r) = 6000) as ... [more ▼]

Crystals have been obtained of the Enterobacter cloacae 908R beta-lactamase and two point mutants by the vapour-diffusion method using similar conditions [pH 9.0, polyethylene glycol (M(r) = 6000) as precipitant]. The three crystal forms belong to the orthorhombic space group P2(1)2(1)2, with roughly the same unit-cell parameters; i.e. for the wild-type crystals a = 46.46, b = 82.96, c = 95.31 A. In the best cases, the crystals diffract to about 2.1 A resolution on a rotating-anode X-ray source at room temperature. Co-crystallization experiments of poor substrates with the wild-type protein and the active-site serine mutant (S64C) are planned and should lead to a better understanding of the catalytic mechanism of class C beta-lactamases. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Crystal Structure Of A Penicilloyl-Serine Transferase Of Intermediate Penicillin Sensitivity - The Dd-Transpeptidase Of Streptomyces K15
Fonze, E.; Vermeire, M.; Nguyen-Disteche, M. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1999), 274(31), 21853-60

The serine DD-transpeptidase/penicillin-binding protein of Streptomyces K15 catalyzes peptide bond formation in a way that mimics the penicillin-sensitive peptide cross-linking reaction involved in ... [more ▼]

The serine DD-transpeptidase/penicillin-binding protein of Streptomyces K15 catalyzes peptide bond formation in a way that mimics the penicillin-sensitive peptide cross-linking reaction involved in bacterial cell wall peptidoglycan assembly. The Streptomyces K15 enzyme is peculiar in that it can be considered as an intermediate between classical penicillin-binding proteins, for which benzylpenicillin is a very efficient inactivator, and the resistant penicillin-binding proteins that have a low penicillin affinity. With its moderate penicillin sensitivity, the Streptomyces K15 DD-transpeptidase would be helpful in the understanding of the structure-activity relationship of this penicillin-recognizing protein superfamily. The structure of the Streptomyces K15 enzyme has been determined by x-ray crystallography at 2.0-A resolution and refined to an R-factor of 18.6%. The fold adopted by this 262-amino acid polypeptide generates a two-domain structure that is close to those of class A beta-lactamases. However, the Streptomyces K15 enzyme has two particular structural features. It lacks the amino-terminal alpha-helix found in the other penicilloyl-serine transferases, and it exhibits, at its surface, an additional four-stranded beta-sheet. These two characteristics might serve to anchor the enzyme in the plasma membrane. The overall topology of the catalytic pocket of the Streptomyces K15 enzyme is also comparable to that of the class A beta-lactamases, except that the Omega-loop, which bears the essential catalytic Glu(166) residue in the class A beta-lactamases, is entirely modified. This loop adopts a conformation similar to those found in the Streptomyces R61 DD-carboxypeptidase and class C beta-lactamases, with no equivalent acidic residue. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural analysis of two pyoverdins by electrospray and FAB mass spectrometry
Ongena, MARC ULg; Jacques, Philippe; van Vyncht, Gery et al

in Journal of the Mass Spectrometry Society of Japan (1998), 48

Pyoverdins are chromopeptides produced by the so-called fluorescent group of the bacterial genus Pseudomonas. Species or even strain specific they differ in the composition of their peptide chains. For ... [more ▼]

Pyoverdins are chromopeptides produced by the so-called fluorescent group of the bacterial genus Pseudomonas. Species or even strain specific they differ in the composition of their peptide chains. For classification purposes it is of importance to get fast information regarding the nature of the latter. For two new representatives from hydrolysis results and especially from an analysis of the data obtained from electrospray ionization (ESI) and fast atom bombardement (fAn) mass spectrometry measurements the amino acid sequences can be suggested as Asp-BuOHOrn-Dab-aThr-Gly-Ser-Ser-OHAsp-aThr (Pseudomonas putida BTP16) and Ser-SerFoOHOrn-Ser-Ser-Ser-FoOHOrn-Lys-Lys (Pseudomolnas fluorescens BTP7). [less ▲]

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See detailX-ray studies of enzymes that interact with penicillins.
Kelly, J. A.; Kuzin, A. P.; Charlier, Paulette ULg et al

in Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS (1998), 54(4), 353-8

The technique of X-ray diffraction has been successfully applied to enzymes associated with peptidoglycan biosynthesis. The technique has taught us a great deal about the structures and catalytic ... [more ▼]

The technique of X-ray diffraction has been successfully applied to enzymes associated with peptidoglycan biosynthesis. The technique has taught us a great deal about the structures and catalytic mechanisms of penicillin-binding proteins and beta-lactamases. An insight into the structural basis for antibiotic resistance is given. [less ▲]

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See detailRésistance bactérienne aux beta-lactamines
Charlier, Paulette ULg; Coyette, Jacques ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg et al

in Medecine Sciences : M/S (1998), 14(5), 544-555

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See detailPenicillin-binding proteins. Wall peptidoglycan assembly and resistance to penicillin: facts, doubts and hopes
Ghuysen, Jean-Marie ULg; Charlier, Paulette ULg; Coyette, Jacques ULg et al

in International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents (1997), 8(1), 45-60

As the protein sequence and structure databases expand, the relationships between proteins, the notion of protein superfamily, and the driving forces of evolution are better understood. Key steps of the ... [more ▼]

As the protein sequence and structure databases expand, the relationships between proteins, the notion of protein superfamily, and the driving forces of evolution are better understood. Key steps of the synthesis of the bacterial cell wall peptidoglycan are revisited in light of these advances. The reactions through which the D-alanyl-D-alanine depeptide is formed, utilized, and hydrolyzed and the sites of action of the glycopeptide and β-lactam antibiotics illustrate the concept according to which new enzyme functions evolve as a result of tinkering of existing proteins. This occurs by the acquisition of local structural changes, the fusion into mul-timodular polypeptides, and the association into multiprotein complexes. [less ▲]

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See detailUnexpected Influence of a C-Terminal-Fused His-Tag on the Processing of an Enzyme and on the Kinetic and Folding Parameters
Ledent, Philippe; Duez, Colette ULg; Vanhove, Marc et al

in FEBS Letters (1997), 413(2), 194-196

The addition of a poly-His C-terminal extension, designed to facilitate the purification of the protein, to the beta-lactamase of a thermophilic Bacillus licheniformis strain modified the site of action ... [more ▼]

The addition of a poly-His C-terminal extension, designed to facilitate the purification of the protein, to the beta-lactamase of a thermophilic Bacillus licheniformis strain modified the site of action of the signal peptidase. This resulted in the secretion of a protein with a different N-terminus, showing that this type of protein engineering might not always be as 'neutral' as generally assumed. (C) 1997 Federation of European Biochemical Societies. [less ▲]

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See detailPenicillin and Beyond: Evolution, Protein Fold, Multimodular Polypeptides, and Multiprotein Complexes
Ghuysen, Jean-Marie ULg; Charlier, Paulette ULg; Coyette, Jacques et al

in Microbial Drug Resistance : Mechanism, Epidemiology, & Disease (1996), 2(2, Summer), 163-175

As the protein sequence and structure databases expand, the relationships between proteins, the notion of protein superfamily, and the driving forces of evolution are better understood. Key steps of the ... [more ▼]

As the protein sequence and structure databases expand, the relationships between proteins, the notion of protein superfamily, and the driving forces of evolution are better understood. Key steps of the synthesis of the bacterial cell wall peptidoglycan are revisited in light of these advances. The reactions through which the D-alanyl-D-alanine depeptide is formed, utilized, and hydrolyzed and the sites of action of the glycopeptide and beta-lactam antibiotics illustrate the concept according to which new enzyme functions evolve as a result of tinkering of existing proteins. This occurs by the acquisition of local structural changes, the fusion into multimodular polypeptides, and the association into multiprotein complexes. [less ▲]

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See detailThe catalytic mechanism of beta-lactamases: NMR titration of an active-site lysine residue of the TEM-1 enzyme.
Damblon, Christian ULg; Raquet, X.; Lian, L. Y. et al

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (1996), 93(5), 1747-52

Beta-Lactamases are widespread in the bacterial world, where they are responsible for resistance to penicillins, cephalosporins, and related compounds, currently the most widely used antibacterial agents ... [more ▼]

Beta-Lactamases are widespread in the bacterial world, where they are responsible for resistance to penicillins, cephalosporins, and related compounds, currently the most widely used antibacterial agents. Detailed structural and mechanistic understanding of these enzymes can be expected to guide the design of new antibacterial compounds resistant to their action. A number of high-resolution structures are available for class A beta-lactamases, whose catalytic mechanism involves the acylation of a serine residue at the active site. The identity of the general base which participates in the activation of this serine residue during catalysis has been the subject of controversy, both a lysine residue and a glutamic acid residue having been proposed as candidates for this role. We have used the pH dependence of chemical modification of epsilon-amino groups by 2,4,6,-trinitrobenzenesulfonate and the pH dependence of the epsilon-methylene 1H and 13C chemical shifts (in enzyme selectively labeled with [epsilon-13C]lysine) to estimate the pKa of the relevant lysine residue, lysine-73, of TEM-1 beta-lactamase. Both methods show that the pKa of this residue is > 10, making it very unlikely that this residue could act as a proton acceptor in catalysis. An alternative mechanism in which this role is performed by glutamate-166 through an intervening water molecule is described. [less ▲]

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See detailTEM1 beta-lactamase structure solved by molecular replacement and refined structure of the S235A mutant.
Fonze, E.; Charlier, Paulette ULg; To'th, Y. et al

in Acta Crystallographica Section D-Biological Crystallography (1995), 51(Pt 5), 682-94

beta-Lactamases are bacterial enzymes which catalyse the hydrolysis of the beta-lactam ring of penicillins, cephalosporins and related compounds, thus inactivating these antibiotics. The crystal structure ... [more ▼]

beta-Lactamases are bacterial enzymes which catalyse the hydrolysis of the beta-lactam ring of penicillins, cephalosporins and related compounds, thus inactivating these antibiotics. The crystal structure of the TEM1 beta-lactamase has been determined at 1.9 A resolution by the molecular-replacement method, using the atomic coordinates of two homologous beta-lactamase refined structures which show about 36% strict identity in their amino-acid sequences and 1.96 A r.m.s. deviation between equivalent Calpha atoms. The TEM1 enzyme crystallizes in space group P2(1)2(1)2(1) and there is one molecule per asymmetric unit. The structure was refined by simulated annealing to an R-factor of 15.6% for 15 086 reflections with I >/= 2sigma(I) in the resolution range 5.0-1.9 A. The final crystallographic structure contains 263 amino-acid residues, one sulfate anion in the catalytic cleft and 135 water molecules per asymmetric unit. The folding is very similar to that of the other known class A beta-lactamases. It consists of two domains, the first is formed by a five-stranded beta-sheet covered by three alpha-helices on one face and one alpha-helix on the other, the second domain contains mainly alpha-helices. The catalytic cleft is located at the interface between the two domains. We also report the crystallographic study of the TEM S235A mutant. This mutation of an active-site residue specifically decreases the acylation rate of cephalosporins. This TEM S235A mutant crystallizes under the same conditions as the wild-type protein and its structure was refined at 2.0 A resolution with an R value of 17.6%. The major modification is the appearance of a water molecule near the mutated residue, which is incompatible with the OG 235 present in the wild-type enzyme, and causes very small perturbations in the interaction network in the active site. [less ▲]

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See detailDirect n.m.r. evidence for substrate-induced conformational changes in a beta-lactamase.
Jamin, M.; Damblon, Christian ULg; Bauduin-Misselyn, A. M. et al

in Biochemical Journal (1994), 301 ( Pt 1)

Cefoxitin and other beta-lactam antibiotics with a methoxy group on the alpha-face behave as very poor substrates of the Bacillus licheniformis beta-lactamase. The kinetic properties of the enzyme ... [more ▼]

Cefoxitin and other beta-lactam antibiotics with a methoxy group on the alpha-face behave as very poor substrates of the Bacillus licheniformis beta-lactamase. The kinetic properties of the enzyme-cefoxitin system made it theoretically suitable for a detailed structural study of the acyl-enzyme. Unfortunately, soaking the crystals in cefoxitin solution did not allow detection of a crystalline acyl-enzyme complex. In contrast, direct observation by n.m.r. of the stable acyl-enzyme formed with cefoxitin and moxalactam indicated clear modifications of the enzyme structure, which were reflected in the aromatic and high-field methyl regions of the spectrum. The return to the initial free enzyme spectrum was concomitant with the hydrolysis of the acyl-enzyme, the process being slow enough to allow multidimensional n.m.r. experiments. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystallization and X-ray diffraction study of the Streptomyces K15 penicillin-binding DD-transpeptidase.
Englebert, S.; Charlier, Paulette ULg; Fonze, E. et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (1994), 241(2), 295-7

The 262 amino acid residue long DD-transpeptidase/penicillin-binding protein of Streptomyces K15 has been crystallized at room temperature by using the hanging drop vapour diffusion technique. The ... [more ▼]

The 262 amino acid residue long DD-transpeptidase/penicillin-binding protein of Streptomyces K15 has been crystallized at room temperature by using the hanging drop vapour diffusion technique. The crystals belong to the orthorhombic space group P2(1)2(1)2(1), with unit cell parameters a = 46.4 A, b = 54.1 A and c = 108.3 A. They contain one protein molecule per asymmetric unit and diffract to about 1.9 A. X-ray data have been collected to 2.0 A from a native crystal. The previously published amino acid sequence of the protein has been corrected at positions 71, 72, 113, 114 and 156. [less ▲]

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See detailThe structures and catalytic mechanisms of active-site serine beta-lactamases.
Lamotte, Josette ULg; Knox, J.; Kelly, J. A. et al

in Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering Reviews (1994), 12

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See detailCrystallization of a genetically engineered water-soluble primary penicillin target enzyme. The high molecular mass PBP2x of Streptococcus pneumoniae.
Charlier, Paulette ULg; Buisson, G.; Dideberg, O. et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (1993), 232(3), 1007-9

A genetically engineered water-soluble derivative of PBP2x of Streptococcus pneumoniae has been produced, purified and crystallized in a form suitable for X-ray diffraction analysis. The best crystals ... [more ▼]

A genetically engineered water-soluble derivative of PBP2x of Streptococcus pneumoniae has been produced, purified and crystallized in a form suitable for X-ray diffraction analysis. The best crystals have been grown at 15 degrees C, from solutions containing 8% polyethylene glycol 10,000 at pH values ranging from 3.9 to 6.0. These crystals diffract to a resolution of 3.5 A and have a space group P6(1)22 (or enantiomorph) with unit cell dimensions of a = b = 162.2 A, c = 171.8 A, alpha = beta = 90 degrees, gamma = 120 degrees. The molecular mass and cell dimensions suggest that there is one molecule of enzyme per asymmetric unit. The breakdown of a chromogenic cephalosporin derivative diffused into a crystal reveals clearly that the enzyme is active in the crystalline state. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanism of acyl transfer by the class A serine β-lactamase of Streptomyces albus G
Lamotte-Brasseur, Josette; Dive, Georges ULg; Dideberg, Otto et al

in Biochemical Journal (1991), 279(Pt 1), 213-221

Optimization by energy minimization of stable complexes occurring along the pathway of hydrolysis of benzylpenicillin and cephalosporin C by the Streptomyces albus G beta-lactamase has highlighted a ... [more ▼]

Optimization by energy minimization of stable complexes occurring along the pathway of hydrolysis of benzylpenicillin and cephalosporin C by the Streptomyces albus G beta-lactamase has highlighted a proton shuttle that may explain the catalytic mechanism of the beta-lactamases of class A. Five residues, S70, S130, N132, T235 and A237, are involved in ligand binding. The gamma-OH group of T235 and, in the case of benzylpenicillin, the gamma-OH group of S130 interact with the carboxylate group, on one side of the ligand molecule. The side-chain NH2 group of N132 and the carbonyl backbone of A237 interact with the exocyclic CONH amide bond, on the other side of the ligand. The backbone NH groups of S70 and A237 polarize the carbonyl group of the scissile beta-lactam amide bond. Four residues, S70, K73, S130 and E166, and two water molecules, W1 and W2, perform hydrolysis of the bound beta-lactam compound. E166, via W1, abstracts the proton from the gamma-OH group of S70. While losing its proton, the O-gamma atom of S70 attacks the carbonyl carbon atom of the beta-lactam ring and, concomitantly, the proton is delivered back to the adjacent nitrogen atom via W2, K73 and S130, thus achieving formation of the acyl-enzyme. Subsequently, E166 abstracts a proton from W1. While losing its proton, W1 attacks the carbonyl carbon atom of the S70 ester-linked acyl-enzyme and, concomitantly, re-entry of a water molecule W'1 replacing W1 allows E166 to deliver the proton back to the same carbonyl carbon atom, thus achieving hydrolysis of the beta-lactam compound and enzyme recovery. The model well explains the differences found in the kcat. values for hydrolysis of benzylpenicillin and cephalosporin C by the Streptomyces albus G beta-lactamase. It also explains the effects caused by site-directed mutagenesis of the Bacillus cereus beta-lactamase I [Gibson, Christensen [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular size and symmetry of Pseudomonas aeruginosa catabolic ornithine carbamoyltransferase. An X-ray crystallography analysis.
Marcq, S.; Diaz-Ruano, A.; Charlier, Paulette ULg et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (1991), 220(1), 9-12

The catabolic ornithine carbamoyltransferase (EC 2.1.3.3) from Pseudomonas aeruginosa, that shows allosteric behaviour, and a mutant version of this enzyme has been crystallized in several different ... [more ▼]

The catabolic ornithine carbamoyltransferase (EC 2.1.3.3) from Pseudomonas aeruginosa, that shows allosteric behaviour, and a mutant version of this enzyme has been crystallized in several different crystal forms. All of these have been characterized by X-ray diffraction methods. A 4.5 A resolution data set has been collected on a triclinic crystal. Analysis of the data using the self-rotation function shows that 12 monomers associate to form a particle with cubic 23 point group symmetry. [less ▲]

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See detailBeta-lactamase of Bacillus licheniformis 749/C at 2 A resolution.
Moews, P. C.; Knox, J. R.; Dideberg, O. et al

in Proteins (1990), 7(2), 156-71

Two crystal forms (A and B) of the 29,500 Da Class A beta-lactamase (penicillinase) from Bacillus licheniformis 749/C have been examined crystallographically. The structure of B-form crystals has been ... [more ▼]

Two crystal forms (A and B) of the 29,500 Da Class A beta-lactamase (penicillinase) from Bacillus licheniformis 749/C have been examined crystallographically. The structure of B-form crystals has been solved to 2 A resolution, the starting model for which was a 3.5 A structure obtained from A-form crystals. The beta-lactamase has an alpha + beta structure with 11 helices and 5 beta-strands seen also in a penicillin target DD-peptidase of Streptomyces R61. Atomic parameters of the two molecules in the asymmetric unit were refined by simulated annealing at 2.0 A resolution. The R factor is 0.208 for the 27,330 data greater than 3 sigma (F), with water molecules excluded from the model. The catalytic Ser-70 is at the N-terminus of a helix and is within hydrogen bonding distance of conserved Lys-73. Also interacting with the Lys-73 are Asn-132 and the conserved Glu-166, which is on a potentially flexible helix-containing loop. The structure suggests the binding of beta-lactam substrates is facilitated by interactions with Lys-234, Thr-235, and Ala-237 in a conserved beta-strand peptide, which is antiparallel to the beta-lactam's acylamido linkage; an exposed cavity near Asn-170 exists for acylamido substituents. The reactive double bond of clavulanate-type inhibitors may interact with Arg-244 on the fourth beta-strand. A very similar binding site architecture is seen in the DD-peptidase. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Active-Site-Serine Penicillin-Recognizing Enzymes as Members of the Streptomyces R61 Dd-Peptidase Family
Joris, Bernard ULg; Ghuysen, Jean-Marie ULg; Dive, Georges ULg et al

in Biochemical Journal (1988), 250(2), 313-324

Homology searches and amino acid alignments, using the Streptomyces R61 DD-peptidase/penicillin-binding protein as reference, have been applied to the beta-lactamases of classes A and C, the Oxa-2 beta ... [more ▼]

Homology searches and amino acid alignments, using the Streptomyces R61 DD-peptidase/penicillin-binding protein as reference, have been applied to the beta-lactamases of classes A and C, the Oxa-2 beta-lactamase (considered as the first known member of an additional class D), the low-Mr DD-peptidases/penicillin-binding proteins (protein no. 5 of Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis) and penicillin-binding domains of the high-Mr penicillin-binding proteins (PBP1A, PBP1B, PBP2 and PBP3 of E. coli). Though the evolutionary distance may vary considerably, all these penicillin-interactive proteins and domains appear to be members of a single superfamily of active-site-serine enzymes distinct from the classical trypsin or subtilisin families. The amino acid alignments reveal several conserved boxes that consist of strict identities or homologous amino acids. The significance of these boxes is highlighted by the known results of X-ray crystallography, chemical derivatization and site-directed-mutagenesis experiments. [less ▲]

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See detailProperties and crystallization of a genetically engineered, water-soluble derivative of penicillin-binding protein 5 of Escherichia coli K12
Ferreira, Luis C; Schwarz, Uli; Keck, Wolfgang et al

in European Journal of Biochemistry (1988), 171(1-2), 11-16

Derivatives of the Escherichia coli penicillin-binding protein 5 (PBP5) with truncated carboxyl terminals were obtained by altering the carboxyl-coding end of the dacA gene. After cloning the modified ... [more ▼]

Derivatives of the Escherichia coli penicillin-binding protein 5 (PBP5) with truncated carboxyl terminals were obtained by altering the carboxyl-coding end of the dacA gene. After cloning the modified dacA gene into a runaway-replication-control plasmid, one clone that overproduced and excreted the desired protein into the periplasm was used as a source for the isolation of a water-soluble PBP5 (i.e. PBP5S). In PBP5S the carboxyl-terminal 21-amino-acid region of the wild-type protein was replaced by a short 9-amino-acid segment. Milligram amounts of PBP5S were purified by penicillin affinity chromatography in the absence of detergents or of chaotropic agents. PBP5S was stable and possessed DD-carboxypeptidase activity without added Triton X-100. Upon reaction with [14C]benzylpenicillin it was converted into a rather short-lived acyl-enzyme complex, as observed with PBP5. Both PBP5 and PBP5S were crystallized. In contrast to PBP5, PBP5S yielded enzymatically active, well-formed prismatic crystals suitable for X-ray analysis. [less ▲]

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