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See detailThe Legionella (Fluoribacter) gormanii metallo-beta-lactamase: a new member of the highly divergent lineage of molecular-subclass B3 beta-lactamases.
Boschi, L.; Mercuri, Paola ULg; Riccio, M. L. et al

in Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy (2000), 44(6), 1538-43

A metallo-beta-lactamase determinant was cloned from a genomic library of Legionella (Fluoribacter) gormanii ATCC 33297(T) constructed in the plasmid vector pACYC184 and transformed into Escherichia coli ... [more ▼]

A metallo-beta-lactamase determinant was cloned from a genomic library of Legionella (Fluoribacter) gormanii ATCC 33297(T) constructed in the plasmid vector pACYC184 and transformed into Escherichia coli DH5alpha, by screening for clones showing a reduced susceptibility to imipenem. The product of the cloned determinant, named FEZ-1, contains a 30-kDa polypeptide and exhibits an isoelectric pH of 7.6. Sequencing revealed that FEZ-1 is a molecular-class B beta-lactamase which shares the closest structural similarity (29.7% of identical residues) with the L1 enzyme of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, being a new member of the highly divergent subclass B3 lineage. All the residues that in L1 are known to be directly or indirectly involved in coordination of the zinc ions were found to be conserved also in FEZ-1, suggesting that the geometry of zinc coordination in the active site of the latter enzyme is identical to that of L1. Unlike L1, however, FEZ-1 appeared to be monomeric in gel permeation chromatography experiments and exhibited a distinctive substrate specificity with a marked preference for cephalosporins and meropenem. The properties of FEZ-1 overall resembled those of a beta-lactamase previously purified from the same strain of L. gormanii (T. Fujii, K. Sato, K. Miyata, M. Inoue, and S. Mitsuhashi, Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. 29:925-926, 1986) and are as yet unique among class B enzymes, reinforcing the notion that considerable functional heterogeneity can be encountered among members of this class. A system for overexpression of the bla(FEZ-1) gene in E. coli, based on the T7 phage promoter, was also developed. [less ▲]

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See detailPurification and biochemical characterization of the VIM-1 metallo-beta-lactamase.
Franceschini, N.; Caravelli, B.; Docquier, J. D. et al

in Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy (2000), 44(11), 3003-7

VIM-1 is a new group 3 metallo-beta-lactamase recently detected in carbapenem-resistant nosocomial isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa from the Mediterranean area. In this work, VIM-1 was purified from an ... [more ▼]

VIM-1 is a new group 3 metallo-beta-lactamase recently detected in carbapenem-resistant nosocomial isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa from the Mediterranean area. In this work, VIM-1 was purified from an Escherichia coli strain carrying the cloned bla(VIM-1) gene by means of an anion-exchange chromatography step followed by a gel permeation chromatography step. The purified enzyme exhibited a molecular mass of 26 kDa in sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, and an acidic pI of 5.1 in analytical isoelectric focusing. Amino-terminal sequencing showed that mature VIM-1 results from the removal of a 26-amino-acid signal peptide from the precursor. VIM-1 hydrolyzes a broad array of beta-lactam compounds, including penicillins, narrow- to expanded-spectrum cephalosporins, carbapenems, and mechanism-based serine-beta-lactamase inactivators. Only monobactams escape hydrolysis. The highest catalytic constant/K(m) ratios (>10(6) M(-1). s(-1)) were observed with carbenicillin, azlocillin, some cephalosporins (cephaloridine, cephalothin, cefuroxime, cefepime, and cefpirome), imipenem, and biapenem. Kinetic parameters showed remarkable variability with different beta-lactams and also within the various penam, cephem, and carbapenem compounds, resulting in no clear preference of the enzyme for any of these beta-lactam subfamilies. Significant differences were observed with some substrates between the kinetic parameters of VIM-1 and those of other metallo-beta-lactamases. Inactivation assays carried out with various chelating agents (EDTA, 1,10-o-phenanthroline, and pyridine-2,6-dicarboxylic acid) indicated that formation of a ternary enzyme-metal-chelator complex precedes metal removal from the zinc center of the protein and revealed notable differences in the inactivation parameters of VIM-1 with different agents. [less ▲]

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See detailKinetic and spectroscopic characterization of native and metal-substituted beta-lactamase from Aeromonas hydrophila AE036.
Hernandez Valladares, M.; Kiefer, M.; Heinz, U. et al

in FEBS letters (2000), 467(2-3), 221-5

Two metal ion binding sites are conserved in metallo-beta-lactamase from Aeromonas hydrophila. The ligands of a first zinc ion bound with picomolar dissociation constant were identified by EXAFS ... [more ▼]

Two metal ion binding sites are conserved in metallo-beta-lactamase from Aeromonas hydrophila. The ligands of a first zinc ion bound with picomolar dissociation constant were identified by EXAFS spectroscopy as one Cys, two His and one additional N/O donor. Sulfur-to-metal charge transfer bands are observed for all mono- and di-metal species substituted with Cu(II) or Co(II) due to ligation of the single conserved cysteine residue. Binding of a second metal ion results in non-competitive inhibition which might be explained by an alternative kinetic mechanism. A possible partition of metal ions between the two binding sites is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailA new variant of the Ntn hydrolase fold revealed by the crystal structure of L-aminopeptidase D-ala-esterase/amidase from Ochrobactrum anthropi.
Bompard-Gilles, C; Villeret, V; Davies, G J et al

in Structure (2000), 8(2), 153-62

BACKGROUND: The L-aminopeptidase D-Ala-esterase/amidase from Ochrobactrum anthropi (DmpA) releases the N-terminal L and/or D-Ala residues from peptide substrates. This is the only known enzyme to liberate ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The L-aminopeptidase D-Ala-esterase/amidase from Ochrobactrum anthropi (DmpA) releases the N-terminal L and/or D-Ala residues from peptide substrates. This is the only known enzyme to liberate N-terminal amino acids with both D and L stereospecificity. The DmpA active form is an alphabeta heterodimer, which results from a putative autocatalytic cleavage of an inactive precursor polypeptide. RESULTS: The crystal structure of the enzyme has been determined to 1.82 A resolution using the multiple isomorphous replacement method. The heterodimer folds into a single domain organised as an alphabetabetaalpha sandwich in which two mixed beta sheets are flanked on both sides by two alpha helices. CONCLUSIONS: DmpA shows no similarity to other known aminopeptidases in either fold or catalytic mechanism, and thus represents the first example of a novel family of aminopeptidases. The protein fold of DmpA does, however, show structural homology to members of the N-terminal nucleophile (Ntn) hydrolase superfamily. DmpA presents functionally equivalent residues in the catalytic centre when compared with other Ntn hydrolases, and is therefore likely to use the same catalytic mechanism. In spite of this homology, the direction and connectivity of the secondary structure elements differ significantly from the consensus Ntn hydrolase topology. The DmpA structure thus characterises a new subfamily, but supports the common catalytic mechanism for these enzymes suggesting an evolutionary relationship. [less ▲]

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See detailTechnique for a rapid and efficient purification of the SHV-1 and PSE-2 beta-lactamases.
Bouillenne, Fabrice ULg; Matagne, André ULg; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

in Journal of Chromatography. B : Biomedical Sciences and Applications (2000), 737(1-2), 261-5

A simple procedure is described which results in an optimised resolution in molecular sieve chromatography. A sample exhibiting a large initial volume (about 20 ml) and conditioned in a buffer of low ... [more ▼]

A simple procedure is described which results in an optimised resolution in molecular sieve chromatography. A sample exhibiting a large initial volume (about 20 ml) and conditioned in a buffer of low ionic strength (<20 mM) by filtration through a 53-ml G25 molecular sieve column, is adsorbed on a 1.7-ml ion-exchange (SOURCE) column. The proteins are released by a 10-ml pulse of 1 M NaCl and the eluate directly injected onto a 120-ml Sephacryl S100-HR column. The very low volume of the eluate ensures optimal conditions and resolution for the molecular sieving process. The method is applied as the polishing step in the purification of the SHV-1 and PSE-2 beta-lactamases. It could easily be scaled up for the treatment of larger samples. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystal structure of a D-aminopeptidase from Ochrobactrum anthropi, a new member of the 'penicillin-recognizing enzyme' family.
Bompard-Gilles, C.; Remaut, H.; Villeret, V. et al

in Structure (2000), 8(9), 971-80

BACKGROUND: beta-Lactam compounds are the most widely used antibiotics. They inactivate bacterial DD-transpeptidases, also called penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs), involved in cell-wall biosynthesis ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: beta-Lactam compounds are the most widely used antibiotics. They inactivate bacterial DD-transpeptidases, also called penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs), involved in cell-wall biosynthesis. The most common bacterial resistance mechanism against beta-lactam compounds is the synthesis of beta-lactamases that hydrolyse beta-lactam rings. These enzymes are believed to have evolved from cell-wall DD-peptidases. Understanding the biochemical and mechanistic features of the beta-lactam targets is crucial because of the increasing number of resistant bacteria. DAP is a D-aminopeptidase produced by Ochrobactrum anthropi. It is inhibited by various beta-lactam compounds and shares approximately 25% sequence identity with the R61 DD-carboxypeptidase and the class C beta-lactamases. RESULTS: The crystal structure of DAP has been determined to 1.9 A resolution using the multiple isomorphous replacement (MIR) method. The enzyme folds into three domains, A, B and C. Domain A, which contains conserved catalytic residues, has the classical fold of serine beta-lactamases, whereas domains B and C are both antiparallel eight-stranded beta barrels. A loop of domain C protrudes into the substrate-binding site of the enzyme. CONCLUSIONS: Comparison of the biochemical properties and the structure of DAP with PBPs and serine beta-lactamases shows that although the catalytic site of the enzyme is very similar to that of beta-lactamases, its substrate and inhibitor specificity rests on residues of domain C. DAP is a new member of the family of penicillin-recognizing proteins (PRPs) and, at the present time, its enzymatic specificity is clearly unique. [less ▲]

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See detailPeptidase Activity of Beta-Lactamases
Rhazi, Noureddine ULg; Galleni, Moreno ULg; Page, Michael I. et al

in Biochemical Journal (1999), 341((Pt 2)), 409-13

Although beta-lactamases have generally been considered as being devoid of peptidase activity, a low but significant hydrolysis of various N-acylated dipeptides was observed with representatives of each ... [more ▼]

Although beta-lactamases have generally been considered as being devoid of peptidase activity, a low but significant hydrolysis of various N-acylated dipeptides was observed with representatives of each class of beta-lactamases. The kcat/Km values were below 0.1 M(-1). s(-1), but the enzyme rate enhancement factors were in the range 5000-20000 for the best substrates. Not unexpectedly, the best 'peptidase' was the class C beta-lactamase of Enterobacter cloacae P99, but, more surprisingly, the activity was always higher with the phenylacetyl- and benzoyl-d-Ala-d-Ala dipeptides than with the diacetyl- and alpha-acetyl-l-Lys-d-Ala-d-Ala tripeptides, which are the preferred substrates of the low-molecular-mass, soluble dd-peptidases. A comparison between the beta-lactamases and dd-peptidases showed that it might be as difficult for a dd-peptidase to open the beta-lactam ring as it is for the beta-lactamases to hydrolyse the peptides, an observation which can be explained by geometric and stereoelectronic considerations. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure of In31, a Blaimp-Containing Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Integron Phyletically Related to In5, Which Carries an Unusual Array of Gene Cassettes
Laraki, Nadine ULg; Galleni, Moreno ULg; Thamm, Iris ULg et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (1999), 43(4), 890-901

The location and environment of the acquired blaIMP gene, which encodes the IMP-1 metallo-beta-lactamase, were investigated in a Japanese Pseudomonas aeruginosa clinical isolate (isolate 101/1477) that ... [more ▼]

The location and environment of the acquired blaIMP gene, which encodes the IMP-1 metallo-beta-lactamase, were investigated in a Japanese Pseudomonas aeruginosa clinical isolate (isolate 101/1477) that produced the enzyme. In this isolate, blaIMP was carried on a 36-kb plasmid, and similar to the identical alleles found in Serratia marcescens and Klebsiella pneumoniae clinical isolates, it was located on a mobile gene cassette inserted into an integron. The entire structure of this integron, named In31, was determined. In31 is a class 1 element belonging to the same group of defective transposon derivatives that originated from Tn402-like ancestors such as In0, In2, and In5. The general structure of In31 appeared to be most closely related to that of In5 from pSCH884, suggesting a recent common phylogeny for these two elements. In In31, the blaIMP cassette is the first of an array of five gene cassettes that also includes an aacA4 cassette and three original cassettes that have never been described in other integrons. The novel cassettes carry, respectively, (i) a new chloramphenicol acetyltransferase-encoding allele of the catB family, (ii) a qac allele encoding a new member of the small multidrug resistance family of proteins, and (iii) an open reading frame encoding a protein of unknown function. All the resistance genes carried on cassettes inserted in In31 were found to be functional in decreasing the in vitro susceptibilities of host strains to the corresponding antimicrobial agents. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Beta-Lactamase Cycle: A Tale of Selective Pressure and Bacterial Ingenuity
Matagne, André ULg; Dubus, Alain; Galleni, Moreno ULg et al

in Natural Product Reports (1999), 16(1), 1-19

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See detailMechanistic Diversity of Beta-Lactamases
Frère, Jean-Marie ULg; Dubus, Alain; Galleni, Moreno ULg et al

in Biochemical Society Transactions (1999), 27(2), 58-63

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See detailInteraction between Class B Beta-Lactamases and Suicide Substrates of Active-Site Serine Beta-Lactamases
Prosperi-Meys, C.; Llabres, Gabriel ULg; De Seny, Dominique ULg et al

in FEBS Letters (1999), 443(2), 109-11

The most widely used inactivators of active-site serine beta-lactamases behave as substrates of four class B metallo-beta-lactamases, but the efficiency of the catalytic process can vary by several orders ... [more ▼]

The most widely used inactivators of active-site serine beta-lactamases behave as substrates of four class B metallo-beta-lactamases, but the efficiency of the catalytic process can vary by several orders of magnitude. A comparison of the kinetic parameters for the alpha and beta isomers of 6-iodopenicillanic acid shows that there is no general preference for the alpha isomer and that the efficient hydrolysis of imipenem by these enzymes must rest on other factors. [less ▲]

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See detailWhen Drug Inactivation Renders the Target Irrelevant to Antibiotic Resistance: A Case Story with Beta-Lactams
Lakaye, Bernard ULg; Dubus, Alice ULg; Lepage, Sylvie ULg et al

in Molecular Microbiology (1999), 31(1), 89-101

By challenging the efficiency of some of our most useful antimicrobial weapons, bacterial antibiotic resistance is becoming an increasingly worrying clinical problem. A good antibiotic is expected to ... [more ▼]

By challenging the efficiency of some of our most useful antimicrobial weapons, bacterial antibiotic resistance is becoming an increasingly worrying clinical problem. A good antibiotic is expected to exhibit a high affinity for its target and to reach it rapidly, while escaping chemical modification by inactivating enzymes and elimination by efflux mechanisms. A study of the behaviour of a beta-lactamase-overproducing mutant of Enterobacter cloacae in the presence of several penicillins and cephalosporins showed that the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) values for several compounds were practically independent of the sensitivity of the target penicillin binding protein (PBP), even for poor beta-lactamase substrates. This apparent paradox was explained by analysing the equation that relates the antibiotic concentration in the periplasm to that in the external medium. Indeed, under conditions that are encountered frequently in clinical isolates, the factor characterizing the PBP sensitivity became negligible. The conclusions can be extended to all antibiotics that are sensitive to enzymatic inactivation and efflux mechanisms and must overcome permeability barriers. It would be a grave mistake to neglect these considerations in the design of future antibacterial chemotherapeutic agents. [less ▲]

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See detailPreference of Cd(II) and Zn(II) for the two metal sites in Bacillus cereus beta-lactamase II: A perturbed angular correlation of gamma-rays spectroscopic study.
Paul-Soto, R.; Zeppezauer, M.; Adolph, H. W. et al

in Biochemistry (1999), 38(50), 16500-6

Cd-substituted forms of the Bacillus cereus metallo-beta-lactamases (BCII) were studied by perturbed angular correlation of gamma-rays (PAC) spectroscopy. At very low [Cd]:[apo-beta-lactamase] ratios, two ... [more ▼]

Cd-substituted forms of the Bacillus cereus metallo-beta-lactamases (BCII) were studied by perturbed angular correlation of gamma-rays (PAC) spectroscopy. At very low [Cd]:[apo-beta-lactamase] ratios, two nuclear quadrupole interactions (NQI) were detected. For [Cd]:[apo-beta-lactamase] ratios between 0.8 and 3.0, two new NQIs appear, and the spectra show that up to 2 cadmium ions can be bound per molecule of apoenzyme. These results show the existence of two interacting Cd-binding sites in BCII. The relative populations of the two NQIs found at low [Cd]:[apo-beta-lactamase] ratios yielded a 1:3 ratio for the microscopic dissociation constants of the two different metal sites (when only one cadmium ion is bound). X-ray diffraction data at pH 7.5 demonstrate that also for Zn(II) two binding sites exist, which may be bridged by a solvent molecule. The measured NQIs could be assigned to the site with three histidines as metal ligands (three-His site) and to the site with histidine, cysteine, and aspartic acid as metal ligands (Cys site), respectively, by PAC measurements on the Cys168Ala mutant enzyme. This assignment shows that cadmium ions preferentially bind to the Cys site. This is in contrast to the preference of Zn(II) in the hybrid Zn(II)Cd(II) enzyme, where an analysis of the corresponding PAC spectrum showed that Cd(II) occupied the Cys site, whereby Zn(II) occupied the site with three histidines. The difference between Zn(II) and Cd(II) in affinity for the two sites is combined with the kinetics of hydrolysis of nitrocefin for different metal ion substitutions (Zn(2)E, ZnE, Cd(2)E, CdE, and ZnCdE) to study the function of the two metal ion binding sites. [less ▲]

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See detailCloning of a Chryseobacterium (Flavobacterium) meningosepticum chromosomal gene (blaA(CME)) encoding an extended-spectrum class A beta-lactamase related to the Bacteroides cephalosporinases and the VEB-1 and PER beta-lactamases.
Rossolini, G. M.; Franceschini, N.; Lauretti, L. et al

in Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy (1999), 43(9), 2193-9

In addition to the BlaB metallo-beta-lactamase, Chryseobacterium (Flavobacterium) meningosepticum CCUG 4310 (NCTC 10585) constitutively produces a 31-kDa active-site serine beta-lactamase, named CME-1 ... [more ▼]

In addition to the BlaB metallo-beta-lactamase, Chryseobacterium (Flavobacterium) meningosepticum CCUG 4310 (NCTC 10585) constitutively produces a 31-kDa active-site serine beta-lactamase, named CME-1, with an alkaline isoelectric pH. The blaA(CME) gene that encodes the latter enzyme was isolated from a genomic library constructed in the Escherichia coli plasmid vector pACYC184 by screening for cefuroxime-resistant clones. Sequence analysis revealed that the CME-1 enzyme is a new class A beta-lactamase structurally divergent from the other members of this class, being most closely related to the VEB-1 (also named CEF-1) and PER beta-lactamases and the Bacteroides chromosomal cephalosporinases. The blaA(CME) determinant is located on the chromosome and exhibits features typical of those of C. meningosepticum resident genes. The CME-1 protein was purified from an E. coli strain that overexpresses the cloned gene via a T7-based expression system by means of an anion-exchange chromatography step followed by a gel permeation chromatography step. Kinetic parameters for several substrates were determined. CME-1 is a clavulanic acid-susceptible extended-spectrum beta-lactamase that hydrolyzes most cephalosporins, penicillins, and monobactams but that does not hydrolyze cephamycins and carbapenems. The enzyme exhibits strikingly different kinetic parameters for different classes of beta-lactams, with both K(m) and k(cat) values much higher for cephalosporins than for penicillins and monobactams. However, the variability of both kinetic parameters resulted in overall similar acylation rates (k(cat)/K(m) ratios) for all types of beta-lactam substrates. [less ▲]

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See detailBiochemical characterization of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa 101/1477 metallo-beta-lactamase IMP-1 produced by Escherichia coli.
Laraki, N.; Franceschini, N.; Rossolini, G. M. et al

in Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy (1999), 43(4), 902-6

The blaIMP gene coding for the IMP-1 metallo-beta-lactamase produced by a Pseudomonas aeruginosa clinical isolate (isolate 101/1477) was overexpressed via a T7 expression system in Escherichia coli BL21 ... [more ▼]

The blaIMP gene coding for the IMP-1 metallo-beta-lactamase produced by a Pseudomonas aeruginosa clinical isolate (isolate 101/1477) was overexpressed via a T7 expression system in Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3), and its product was purified to homogeneity with a final yield of 35 mg/liter of culture. The structural and functional properties of the enzyme purified from E. coli were identical to those of the enzyme produced by P. aeruginosa. The IMP-1 metallo-beta-lactamase exhibits a broad-spectrum activity profile that includes activity against penicillins, cephalosporins, cephamycins, oxacephamycins, and carbapenems. Only monobactams escape its action. The enzyme activity was inhibited by metal chelators, of which 1,10-o-phenanthroline and dipicolinic acid were the most efficient. Two zinc-binding sites were found. The zinc content of the P. aeruginosa 101/1477 metallo-beta-lactamase was not pH dependent. [less ▲]

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See detailMono- and binuclear Zn2+-beta-lactamase. Role of the conserved cysteine in the catalytic mechanism.
Paul-Soto, R.; Bauer, R.; Frère, Jean-Marie ULg et al

in The Journal of biological chemistry (1999), 274(19), 13242-9

When expressed by pathogenic bacteria, Zn2+-beta-lactamases induce resistance to most beta-lactam antibiotics. A possible strategy to fight these bacteria would be a combined therapy with non-toxic ... [more ▼]

When expressed by pathogenic bacteria, Zn2+-beta-lactamases induce resistance to most beta-lactam antibiotics. A possible strategy to fight these bacteria would be a combined therapy with non-toxic inhibitors of Zn2+-beta-lactamases together with standard antibiotics. For this purpose, it is important to verify that the inhibitor is effective under all clinical conditions. We have investigated the correlation between the number of zinc ions bound to the Zn2+-beta-lactamase from Bacillus cereus and hydrolysis of benzylpenicillin and nitrocefin for the wild type and a mutant where cysteine 168 is replaced by alanine. It is shown that both the mono-Zn2+ (mononuclear) and di-Zn2+ (binuclear) Zn2+-beta-lactamases are catalytically active but with different kinetic properties. The mono-Zn2+-beta-lactamase requires the conserved cysteine residue for hydrolysis of the beta-lactam ring in contrast to the binuclear enzyme where the cysteine residue is not essential. Substrate affinity is not significantly affected by the mutation for the mononuclear enzyme but is decreased for the binuclear enzyme. These results were derived from kinetic studies on two wild types and the mutant enzyme with benzylpenicillin and nitrocefin as substrates. Thus, targeting drug design to modify this residue might represent an efficient strategy, the more so if it also interferes with the formation of the binuclear enzyme. [less ▲]

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See detailThe DmpA aminopeptidase from Ochrobactrum anthropi LMG7991 is the prototype of a new terminal nucleophile hydrolase family.
Fanuel, L; Goffin, Colette ULg; Cheggour, A et al

in Biochemical Journal (1999), 341(Pt 1), 147-55

The DmpA (d-aminopeptidase A) protein produced by Ochrobactrum anthropi hydrolyses p-nitroanilide derivatives of glycine and d-alanine more efficiently than that of l-alanine. When regular peptides are ... [more ▼]

The DmpA (d-aminopeptidase A) protein produced by Ochrobactrum anthropi hydrolyses p-nitroanilide derivatives of glycine and d-alanine more efficiently than that of l-alanine. When regular peptides are utilized as substrates, the enzyme behaves as an aminopeptidase with a preference for N-terminal residues in an l configuration, thus exemplifying an interesting case of stereospecificity reversal. The best-hydrolysed substrate is l-Ala-Gly-Gly, but tetra- and penta-peptides are also efficiently hydrolysed. The gene encodes a 375-residue precursor, but the active enzyme contains two polypeptides corresponding to residues 2-249 (alpha-subunit) and 250-375 (beta-subunit) of the precursor. Residues 249 and 250 are a Gly and a Ser respectively, and various substitutions performed by site-directed mutagenesis result in the production of an uncleaved and inactive protein. The N-terminal Ser residue of the beta-subunit is followed by a hydrophobic peptide, which is predicted to form a beta-strand structure. All these properties strongly suggest that DmpA is an N-terminal amidohydrolase. An exploration of the databases highlights the presence of a number of open reading frames encoding related proteins in various bacterial genomes. Thus DmpA is very probably the prototype of an original family of N-terminal hydrolases. [less ▲]

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See detailTwo new aminopeptidases from Ochrobactrum anthropi active on D-alanyl-p-nitroanilide.
Fanuel, L; Thamm, Iris ULg; Kostanjevecki, V et al

in Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS (1999), 55(5), 812-8

Two new enzymes which hydrolyse D-alanyl-p-nitroanilide have been detected in Ochrobactrum anthropi LMG7991 extracts. The first enzyme, DmpB, was purified to homogeneity and found to be homologous to the ... [more ▼]

Two new enzymes which hydrolyse D-alanyl-p-nitroanilide have been detected in Ochrobactrum anthropi LMG7991 extracts. The first enzyme, DmpB, was purified to homogeneity and found to be homologous to the Dap protein produced by O. anthropi SCRC C1-38 (ATCC49237). The second enzyme, DmpA, exhibits a similar substrate profile when tested on p-nitroanilide derivatives of glycine and L/D-alanine, but the amounts produced by the Ochrobactrum strain were not sufficient to allow complete purification. Interestingly, the DmpA preparation also exhibited an L-aminopeptidase activity on the tripeptide L-Ala-Gly-Gly but it was not possible to be certain that the same protein was responsible for both p-nitroanilide and peptide hydrolysing activities. The gene encoding the DmpA protein was cloned and sequenced. The deduced protein sequence exhibits varying degrees of similarity with those corresponding to several open reading frames found in the genomes of other prokaryotic organisms, including Mycobacteria. None of these gene products has been isolated or characterised, but a tentative relationship can be proposed with the NylC amidase from Flavobacterium sp. K172. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of a new L-aminopeptidase-D-amidase/D-esterase activated by a Gly-Ser peptide bond hydrolysis.
Bompard-Gilles, C; Villeret, V; Fanuel, L et al

in Acta Crystallographica Section D-Biological Crystallography (1999), 55(Pt 3), 699-701

Ochrobactrum anthropi possesses an L-aminopeptidase (DmpA) also able to act as a D-amidase/D-esterase. DmpA (40 kDa) is activated by auto-catalyzed protein splicing liberating an alpha-amino group ... [more ▼]

Ochrobactrum anthropi possesses an L-aminopeptidase (DmpA) also able to act as a D-amidase/D-esterase. DmpA (40 kDa) is activated by auto-catalyzed protein splicing liberating an alpha-amino group presumably used as a general base in the catalytic mechanism. Two crystal forms were obtained at 294 K in 13-16% PEG 2000 mono-methylether at pH 9.0, adding either 0.2 M magnesium chloride or 1 M lithium chloride. Crystals of the first form belong to the space group C2221 and diffract to 3.0 A resolution, whereas crystals of the second form belong to the space group P21212 and diffract to 2.3 A resolution. Initial screening for heavy-atom derivatives on form II crystals, has led to a well substituted Hg derivative. [less ▲]

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See detailH-1-N-15 HMQC for the identification of metal-bound histidines in Cd-113-substituted Bacillus cereus zinc beta-lactamase
Damblon, Christian ULg; Prosperi, Christelle ULg; Lian, L. Y. et al

in Journal of the American Chemical Society (1999), 121(49), 11575-11576

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