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See detailDid Psychrophilic Enzymes Really Win the Challenge?
Zecchinon, Laurent ULg; Claverie, P.; Collins, T. et al

in Extremophiles : Life Under Extreme Conditions (2001), 5(5), 313-21

Organisms living in permanently cold environments, which actually represent the greatest proportion of our planet, display at low temperatures metabolic fluxes comparable to those exhibited by mesophilic ... [more ▼]

Organisms living in permanently cold environments, which actually represent the greatest proportion of our planet, display at low temperatures metabolic fluxes comparable to those exhibited by mesophilic organisms at moderate temperatures. They produce cold-evolved enzymes partially able to cope with the reduction in chemical reaction rates and the increased viscosity of the medium induced by low temperatures. In most cases, the adaptation is achieved through a reduction in the activation energy, leading to a high catalytic efficiency, which possibly originates from an increased flexibility of either a selected area of or the overall protein structure. This enhanced plasticity seems in return to be responsible for the weak thermal stability of cold enzymes. These particular properties render cold enzymes particularly useful in investigating the possible relationships existing between stability, flexibility, and specific activity and make them potentially unrivaled for numerous biotechnological tasks. In most cases, however, the adaptation appears to be far from being fully achieved. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural Determinants of Cold Adaptation and Stability in a Large Protein
D'Amico, Salvino ULg; Gerday, Charles ULg; Feller, Georges ULg

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2001), 276(28), 25791-6

The heat-labile alpha-amylase from an antarctic bacterium is the largest known protein that unfolds reversibly according to a two-state transition as shown by differential scanning calorimetry. Mutants of ... [more ▼]

The heat-labile alpha-amylase from an antarctic bacterium is the largest known protein that unfolds reversibly according to a two-state transition as shown by differential scanning calorimetry. Mutants of this enzyme were produced, carrying additional weak interactions found in thermostable alpha-amylases. It is shown that single amino acid side chain substitutions can significantly modify the melting point T(m), the calorimetric enthalpy Delta H(cal), the cooperativity and reversibility of unfolding, the thermal inactivation rate constant, and the kinetic parameters k(cat) and K(m). The correlation between thermal inactivation and unfolding reversibility displayed by the mutants also shows that stabilizing interactions increase the frequency of side reactions during refolding, leading to intramolecular mismatches or aggregations typical of large proteins. Although all mutations were located far from the active site, their overall trend is to decrease both k(cat) and K(m) by rigidifying the molecule and to protect mutants against thermal inactivation. The effects of these mutations indicate that the cold-adapted alpha-amylase has lost a large number of weak interactions during evolution to reach the required conformational plasticity for catalysis at low temperatures, thereby producing an enzyme close to the lowest stability allowing maintenance of the native conformation. [less ▲]

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See detailModular Structure, Local Flexibility and Cold-Activity of a Novel Chitobiase from a Psychrophilic Antarctic Bacterium
Lonhienne, T.; Zoidakis, J.; Vorgias, C. E. et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (2001), 310(2), 291-7

The gene archb encoding for the cell-bound chitobiase from the Antarctic Gram-positive bacterium Arthrobacter sp. TAD20 was cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli in a soluble form. The mature ... [more ▼]

The gene archb encoding for the cell-bound chitobiase from the Antarctic Gram-positive bacterium Arthrobacter sp. TAD20 was cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli in a soluble form. The mature chitobiase ArChb possesses four functionally independent domains: a catalytic domain stabilized by Ca(2+), a galactose-binding domain and an immunoglobulin-like domain followed by a cell-wall anchorage signal, typical of cell-surface proteins from Gram-positive bacteria. Binding of saccharides was analyzed by differential scanning calorimetry, allowing to distinguish unequivocally the catalytic domain from the galactose-binding domain and to study binding specificities. The results suggest that ArChb could play a role in bacterium attachment to natural hosts. Kinetic parameters of ArChb demonstrate perfect adaptation to catalysis at low temperatures, as shown by a low activation energy associated with unusually low K(m) and high k(cat) values. Thermodependence of these parameters indicates that discrete amino acid substitutions in the catalytic center have optimized the thermodynamic properties of weak interactions involved in substrate binding at low temperatures. Microcalorimetry also reveals that heat-lability, a general trait of psychrophilic enzymes, only affects the active site domain of ArChb. [less ▲]

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See detailCold-Adapted Beta-Galactosidase from the Antarctic Psychrophile Pseudoalteromonas Haloplanktis
Hoyoux, A.; Jennes, I.; Dubois, P. et al

in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2001), 67(4), 1529-35

The beta-galactosidase from the Antarctic gram-negative bacterium Pseudoalteromonas haloplanktis TAE 79 was purified to homogeneity. The nucleotide sequence and the NH(2)-terminal amino acid sequence of ... [more ▼]

The beta-galactosidase from the Antarctic gram-negative bacterium Pseudoalteromonas haloplanktis TAE 79 was purified to homogeneity. The nucleotide sequence and the NH(2)-terminal amino acid sequence of the purified enzyme indicate that the beta-galactosidase subunit is composed of 1,038 amino acids with a calculated M(r) of 118,068. This beta-galactosidase shares structural properties with Escherichia coli beta-galactosidase (comparable subunit mass, 51% amino sequence identity, conservation of amino acid residues involved in catalysis, similar optimal pH value, and requirement for divalent metal ions) but is characterized by a higher catalytic efficiency on synthetic and natural substrates and by a shift of apparent optimum activity toward low temperatures and lower thermal stability. The enzyme also differs by a higher pI (7.8) and by specific thermodynamic activation parameters. P. haloplanktis beta-galactosidase was expressed in E. coli, and the recombinant enzyme displays properties identical to those of the wild-type enzyme. Heat-induced unfolding monitored by intrinsic fluorescence spectroscopy showed lower melting point values for both P. haloplanktis wild-type and recombinant beta-galactosidase compared to the mesophilic enzyme. Assays of lactose hydrolysis in milk demonstrate that P. haloplanktis beta-galactosidase can outperform the current commercial beta-galactosidase from Kluyveromyces marxianus var. lactis, suggesting that the cold-adapted beta-galactosidase could be used to hydrolyze lactose in dairy products processed in refrigerated plants. [less ▲]

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See detailEnzyme Activity Determination on Macromolecular Substrates by Isothermal Titration Calorimetry: Application to Mesophilic and Psychrophilic Chitinases
Lonhienne, T.; Baise, Etienne ULg; Feller, Georges ULg et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (2001), 1545(1-2), 349-56

Isothermal titration calorimetry has been applied to the determination of the kinetic parameters of chitinases (EC 3.2.1.14) by monitoring the heat released during the hydrolysis of chitin glycosidic ... [more ▼]

Isothermal titration calorimetry has been applied to the determination of the kinetic parameters of chitinases (EC 3.2.1.14) by monitoring the heat released during the hydrolysis of chitin glycosidic bonds. Experiments were carried out using two different macromolecular substrates: a soluble polymer of N-acetylglucosamine and the insoluble chitin from crab shells. Different experimental temperatures were used in order to compare the thermodependence of the activity of two chitinases from the psychrophile Arthrobacter sp. TAD20 and of chitinase A from the mesophile Serratia marcescens. The method allowed to determine unequivocally the catalytic rate constant k(cat), the activation energy (E(a)) and the thermodynamic activation parameters (DeltaG(#), DeltaH(#), DeltaS(#)) of the chitinolytic reaction on the soluble substrate. The catalytic activity has also been determined on insoluble chitin, which displays an effect of substrate saturation by chitinases. On both substrates, the thermodependence of the activity of the psychrophilic chitinases was lower than that observed with the mesophilic counterpart. [less ▲]

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See detailCalorimetric characterization of mutants from a cold-active alpha-amylase
D'Amico, Salvino; Gerday, Charles ULg; Feller, Georges ULg

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See detailStructural determinants of cold adaptation and stability in a psychrophilic enzyme
D'Amico, Salvino; Gerday, Charles ULg; Feller, Georges ULg

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See detailPsychrophiles and their cold-active enzymes
Gerday, Charles ULg; Feller, Georges ULg

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See detailA novel family 8 xylanase : characteristics and evolutionary aspects
Collins, Tony; Meuwis, Marie-Alice ULg; Feller, Georges ULg et al

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See detailThe C-terminal autotransporter of Pseudoalteromonas haloplanktis alpha-amylase forms a pore in lipid bilayer membranes
Claverie, Paule; Homble, F.; Ruysschaert, J.M. et al

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See detailStructural determinants of cold adaptation and stability in a large protein.
D'Amico, Salvino; Gerday, Charles ULg; Feller, Georges ULg

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See detailHow to rapidly increase the overproduction of a recombinant enzyme?
Georlette, Daphné; D'Amico, Salvino; Anderlei, T. et al

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See detailCold-adapted enzymes: an unachieved symphony
D'Amico, Salvino ULg; Claverie, P.; Collins, T. et al

in Storey, K. B.; Storey, J. M. (Eds.) Cell and Molecular Responses to Stress vol.2. Protein adaptations and signal transduction, (2001)

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See detailCrystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of a bacterial psychrophilic enzyme, phosphoglycerate kinase
Mandelman, D.; Bentahir, M.; Feller, Georges ULg et al

in Acta Crystallographica Section D-Biological Crystallography (2001), 57(Pt 11), 1666-8

The glycolytic enzyme phosphoglycerate kinase (PGK) from the Antarctic microorganism Pseudomonas sp. TACII18 is a cold-adapted enzyme that displays a high specific activity at low temperatures and ... [more ▼]

The glycolytic enzyme phosphoglycerate kinase (PGK) from the Antarctic microorganism Pseudomonas sp. TACII18 is a cold-adapted enzyme that displays a high specific activity at low temperatures and decreased thermostability relative to its mesophilic counterpart. Herein, the preliminary crystallization and structure solution of psychrophilic PGK in its native form and cocrystallized with 3-phosphoglyceric acid (3-PGA) and the ATP analogue adenylyl imidophosphate (AMP-PNP) is reported. The complexed form of PGK crystallized in 2-3 d at 290 K, whereas the native form of the enzyme required 8-12 months. Morphologically, both crystal forms are similar and X-ray diffraction experiments indicate that the crystals are isomorphous. The crystals diffracted to a resolution of 2.0 A and belong to the space group P3(2). with unit-cell parameters a = b = 58.5, c = 85.4 A. [less ▲]

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See detailCold-adapted enzymes
Georlette, D.; Bentahir, M.; Claverie, P. et al

in Bulte, J.; DeCuyper, M. (Eds.) Focus on Biotechnology – Physics and Chemistry Basis for Biotechnology (2001)

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See detailPsychrophilic Enzymes: Revisiting the Thermodynamic Parameters of Activation May Explain Local Flexibility
Lonhienne, T.; Gerday, Charles ULg; Feller, Georges ULg

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (2000), 1543(1), 1-10

Basic theoretical and practical aspects of activation parameters are briefly reviewed in the context of cold-adaptation. In order to reduce the error impact inherent to the transition state theory on the ... [more ▼]

Basic theoretical and practical aspects of activation parameters are briefly reviewed in the context of cold-adaptation. In order to reduce the error impact inherent to the transition state theory on the absolute values of the free energy (DeltaG(#)), enthalpy (DeltaH(#)) and entropy (DeltaS(#)) of activation, it is proposed to compare the variation of these parameters between psychrophilic and mesophilic enzymes, namely Delta(DeltaG(#))(p-m), Delta(DeltaH(#))(p-m) and Delta(DeltaS(#))(p-m). Calculation of these parameters from the available literature shows that the main adaptation of psychrophilic enzymes lies in a significant decrease of DeltaH(#), therefore leading to a higher k(cat), especially at low temperatures. Moreover, in all cases including cold-blooded animals, DeltaS(#) exerts an opposite and negative effect on the gain in k(cat). It is argued that the magnitude of this counter-effect of DeltaS(#) can be reduced by keeping some stable domains, while increasing the flexibility of the structures required to improve catalysis at low temperature, as demonstrated in several cold-active enzymes. This enthalpic-entropic balance provides a new approach explaining the two types of conformational stability detected by recent microcalorimetric experiments on psychrophilic enzymes. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural Similarities and Evolutionary Relationships in Chloride-Dependent Alpha-Amylases
D'Amico, Salvino ULg; Gerday, Charles ULg; Feller, Georges ULg

in Gene (2000), 253(1), 95-105

The alpha-amylase sequences contained in databanks were screened for the presence of amino acid residues Arg195, Asn298 and Arg/Lys337 forming the chloride-binding site of several specialized alpha ... [more ▼]

The alpha-amylase sequences contained in databanks were screened for the presence of amino acid residues Arg195, Asn298 and Arg/Lys337 forming the chloride-binding site of several specialized alpha-amylases allosterically activated by this anion. This search provides 38 alpha-amylases potentially binding a chloride ion. All belong to animals, including mammals, birds, insects, acari, nematodes, molluscs, crustaceans and are also found in three extremophilic Gram-negative bacteria. An evolutionary distance tree based on complete amino acid sequences was constructed, revealing four distinct clusters of species. On the basis of multiple sequence alignment and homology modeling, invariable structural elements were defined, corresponding to the active site, the substrate binding site, the accessory binding sites, the Ca(2+) and Cl(-) binding sites, a protease-like catalytic triad and disulfide bonds. The sequence variations within functional elements allowed engineering strategies to be proposed, aimed at identifying and modifying the specificity, activity and stability of chloride-dependent alpha-amylases. [less ▲]

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