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See detailNH-1,2,3-Triazole-based Inhibitors of the VIM-2 Metallo-β- Lactamase: Synthesis and Structure-Activity Studies
Weide, Timo; Saldanha, S. Adrian; Minond, Dmitriy et al

in ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters (2010), 1(4)

Metallo-ß-lactamases (MBL) are an emerging cause of bacterial resistance to antibiotic treatment. The VIM-2 ß-lactamase is the most commonly encountered MBL in clinical isolates worldwide. Described here ... [more ▼]

Metallo-ß-lactamases (MBL) are an emerging cause of bacterial resistance to antibiotic treatment. The VIM-2 ß-lactamase is the most commonly encountered MBL in clinical isolates worldwide. Described here are potent and selective small molecule inhibitors of VIM-2 containing the arylsulfonyl-NH-1,2,3-triazole chemotype that potentiate the efficacy of the ß-lactam, imipenem, in E. coli. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel peptide inhibiting both TEM-1 beta-lactamase and penicillin-binding proteins.
Phichith, Denis; Bun, Sylvie; Padiolleau-Lefevre, Severine et al

in The FEBS journal (2010), 277(23), 4965-72

9G4H9, a catalytic antibody displaying beta-lactamase-like activity, has been developed by the anti-idiotypic approach using beta-lactamase as the first antigen. Thus 9G4H9 represents the 'internal image ... [more ▼]

9G4H9, a catalytic antibody displaying beta-lactamase-like activity, has been developed by the anti-idiotypic approach using beta-lactamase as the first antigen. Thus 9G4H9 represents the 'internal image' of beta-lactamase. We selected a cyclic peptide anchored to a bacteriophage M13 library using 9G4H9 as the target. Pep90 is a cyclic heptapeptide enclosed between two cysteine residues. We showed that Pep90 could inhibit both TEM-1 beta-lactamase (K(i) = 333 mum) and several penicillin-binding proteins (IC(5)(0) values ranging from 6-62 mum). We determined that the tryptophan residue of Pep90 is of crucial importance for its inhibitory activity. Using Pep90 as a scaffold, we generated a new class of peptidomimetics that retained inhibitory activity towards TEM-1 beta-lactamase. [less ▲]

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See detailMercaptophosphonate Compounds as Broad-Spectrum Inhibitors of the Metallo-β-lactamases
Lassaux, Patricia ULg; Hamel, Matthieu; Gulea, Mihaela et al

in Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (2010), 53

In this paper, we investigated the inhibitory effect of mercaptophosphonate derivatives against the three subclasses of MBLs (B1, B2, and B3). All 14 tested mercaptophosphonates, with the exception of one ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we investigated the inhibitory effect of mercaptophosphonate derivatives against the three subclasses of MBLs (B1, B2, and B3). All 14 tested mercaptophosphonates, with the exception of one, behaved as competitive inhibitors for the three subclasses. <br />Apart from two compounds, all the mercaptophosphonates tested exhibit a good inhibitory effect on the subclass B2 MBL CphA with low inhibition constants (Ki<15 μM). Interestingly, compound 18 turned out to be a potent broad spectrum MBL inhibitor. <br />The crystallographic structures of the CphA-10a and CphA-18 complexes indicated that the sulfur atom of 10a and the phosphonato group of 18 interact with the Zn2þ ion, respectively. Molecular modeling studies of the interactions between two compounds and the VIM-4 (B1), CphA (B2), and FEZ-1 (B3) enzymes brought to light different binding modes depending on the enzyme and the inhibitor, consistent with the crystallographic structures. [less ▲]

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See detail1,6-AnhMurNAc derivatives for assay development of amidase AmiD.
Mercier, Frédéric ULg; Zervosen, Astrid ULg; Teller, Nathalie et al

in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry (2010), 18(21), 7422-31

Various peptidoglycan fragments were synthesized from two anhydro-muramic acid derivatives protected with a Bn or a PMB group at the 4th position, in homogenate phase or on a solid support. In order to ... [more ▼]

Various peptidoglycan fragments were synthesized from two anhydro-muramic acid derivatives protected with a Bn or a PMB group at the 4th position, in homogenate phase or on a solid support. In order to facilitate HPLC detection, a chromophoric group was attached to the peptide chain. The periplasmic amidase sAmiD of Escherichia coli was used to cleave the amide bond between the lactyl group of the MurNAc and the alpha-amino group of L-Ala where the peptide chain was at least a dipeptide (L-Ala-gamma-D-Glu) amidated by benzylamine on the gamma-carboxyl group of D-Glu. In the presence of a tripeptide chain (L-Ala-gamma-D-Glu-L-Lys) or a tetrapeptide chain (L-Ala-gamma-D-Glu-m-A(2)pm-D-Ala) higher hydrolysis rates were observed. We have also demonstrated that the presence of TNB on the epsilon-amino group of L-Lys only has a small influence on the hydrolysis capacity of sAmiD. [less ▲]

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See detailSpecific Structural Features of the N-Acetylmuramoyl-l-Alanine Amidase AmiD from Escherichia coli and Mechanistic Implications for Enzymes of This Family.
Kerff, Frédéric ULg; Petrella, Stéphanie; Mercier, Frédéric ULg et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (2010), 397

AmiD is the fifth identified N-acetylmuramoyl-l-alanine zinc amidase of Escherichia coli. This periplasmic lipoprotein is anchored in the outer membrane and has a broad specificity. AmiD is capable of ... [more ▼]

AmiD is the fifth identified N-acetylmuramoyl-l-alanine zinc amidase of Escherichia coli. This periplasmic lipoprotein is anchored in the outer membrane and has a broad specificity. AmiD is capable of cleaving the intact peptidoglycan (PG) as well as soluble fragments containing N-acetylmuramic acid regardless of the presence of an anhydro form or not, unlike the four other amidases, AmiA, AmiB, AmiC, and AmpD, which have some specificity. AmiD function is, however, not clearly established but it could be part of the enzymatic machinery involved in the PG turnover in E. coli. We solved three structures of the E. coli zinc amidase AmiD devoid of its lipidic anchorage: the holoenzyme, the apoenzyme in complex with the substrate anhydro-N-acetylmuramic-acid-l-Ala-gamma-d-Glu-l-Lys, and the holoenzyme in complex with the l-Ala-gamma-d-Glu-l-Lys peptide, the product of the hydrolysis of this substrate by AmiD. The AmiD structure shows a relatively flexible N-terminal extension that allows an easy reach of the PG by the enzyme inserted into the outer membrane. The C-terminal domain provides a potential extended geometrical complementarity to the substrate. AmiD shares a common fold with AmpD, the bacteriophage T7 lysozyme, and the PG recognition proteins, which are receptor proteins involved in the innate immune responses of a wide range of organisms. Analysis of the different structures reveals the similarity between the catalytic mechanism of zinc amidases of the AmiD family and the thermolysin-related zinc peptidases. [less ▲]

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See detailFolding of class A beta-lactamases is rate-limited by peptide bond isomerization and occurs via parallel pathways.
Vandenameele, Julie ULg; Lejeune, Annabelle ULg; Di Paolo, Alexandre ULg et al

in Biochemistry (2010), 49(19), 4264-75

Class A beta-lactamases (M(r) approximately 29000) provide good models for studying the folding mechanism of large monomeric proteins. In particular, the highly conserved cis peptide bond between residues ... [more ▼]

Class A beta-lactamases (M(r) approximately 29000) provide good models for studying the folding mechanism of large monomeric proteins. In particular, the highly conserved cis peptide bond between residues 166 and 167 at the active site of these enzymes controls important steps in their refolding reaction. In this work, we analyzed how conformational folding, reactivation, and cis/trans peptide bond isomerizations are interrelated in the folding kinetics of beta-lactamases that differ in the nature of the cis peptide bond, which involves a Pro167 in the BS3 and TEM-1 enzyme, a Leu167 in the NMCA enzyme, and which is missing in the PER-1 enzyme. The analysis of folding by spectroscopic probes and by the regain of enzymatic activity in combination with double-mixing procedures indicates that conformational folding can proceed when the 166-167 bond is still in the incorrect trans form. The very slow trans --> cis isomerization of the Glu166-Xaa167 peptide bond, however, controls the final step of folding and is required for the regain of the enzymatic activity. This very slow phase is absent in the refolding of PER-1, in which the Glu166-Ala167 peptide bond is trans. The double-mixing experiments revealed that a second slow kinetic phase is caused by the cis/trans isomerization of prolines that are trans in the folded proteins. The folding of beta-lactamases is best described by a model that involves parallel pathways. It highlights the role of peptide bond cis/trans isomerization as a kinetic determinant of folding. [less ▲]

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See detailMutational analysis of VIM-2 reveals an essential determinant for metallo-beta-lactamase stability and folding.
Borgianni, Luisa; Vandenameele, Julie ULg; Matagne, André ULg et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2010), 54(8), 3197-204

Metallo-beta-lactamase (MBL)-producing bacteria are emerging worldwide and represent a formidable threat to the efficacy of relevant beta-lactams, including carbapenems, expanded-spectrum cephalosporins ... [more ▼]

Metallo-beta-lactamase (MBL)-producing bacteria are emerging worldwide and represent a formidable threat to the efficacy of relevant beta-lactams, including carbapenems, expanded-spectrum cephalosporins, and beta-lactamase inactivator/beta-lactam combinations. VIM-2 is currently the most widespread MBL and represents a primary target for MBL inhibitor research, the clinical need for which is expected to further increase in the future. Using a saturation mutagenesis approach, we probed the importance of four residues (Phe-61, Ala-64, Tyr-67, and Trp-87) located close to the VIM-2 active site and putatively relevant to the enzyme activity based on structural knowledge of the enzyme and on structure-activity relationships of the subclass B1 MBLs. The ampicillin MIC values shown by the various mutants were affected very differently depending on the randomized amino acid position. Position 64 appeared to be rather tolerant to substitution, and kinetic studies showed that the A64W mutation did not significantly affect substrate hydrolysis or binding, representing an important difference from IMP-type enzymes. Phe-61 and Tyr-67 could be replaced with several amino acids without the ampicillin MIC being significantly affected, but in contrast, Trp-87 was found to be critical for ampicillin resistance. Further kinetic and biochemical analyses of W87A and W87F variants showed that this residue is apparently important for the structure and proper folding of the enzyme but, surprisingly, not for its catalytic activity. These data support the critical role of residue 87 in the stability and folding of VIM-2 and might have strong implications for MBL inhibitor design, as this residue would represent an ideal target for interaction with small molecules. [less ▲]

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See detailCritical role of tryptophan 154 for the activity and stability of class D beta-lactamases.
Baurin, Stephane; Vercheval, Lionel ULg; Bouillenne, Fabrice ULg et al

in Biochemistry (2009), 48(47), 11252-63

The catalytic efficiency of the class D beta-lactamase OXA-10 depends critically on an unusual carboxylated lysine as the general base residue for both the enzyme acylation and deacylation steps of ... [more ▼]

The catalytic efficiency of the class D beta-lactamase OXA-10 depends critically on an unusual carboxylated lysine as the general base residue for both the enzyme acylation and deacylation steps of catalysis. Evidence is presented that the interaction between the indole group of Trp154 and the carboxylated lysine is essential for the stability of the posttranslationally modified Lys70. Substitution of Trp154 by Gly, Ala, or Phe yielded noncarboxylated enzymes which displayed poor catalytic efficiencies and reduced stability when compared to the wild-type OXA-10. The W154H mutant was partially carboxylated. In addition, the maximum values of k(cat) and k(cat)/K(M) were shifted toward pH 7, indicating that the carboxylation state of Lys70 is dependent on the protonation level of the histidine. A comparison of the three-dimensional structures of the different proteins also indicated that the Trp154 mutations did not modify the overall structures of OXA-10 but induced an increased flexibility of the Omega-loop in the active site. Finally, the deacylation-impaired W154A mutant was used to determine the structure of the acyl-enzyme complex with benzylpenicillin. These results indicate a role of the Lys70 carboxylation during the deacylation step and emphasize the importance of Trp154 for the ideal positioning of active site residues leading to an optimum activity. [less ▲]

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See detailPositively Cooperative Binding of Zinc Ions to Bacillus cereus 569/H/9 beta-Lactamase II Suggests that the Binuclear Enzyme Is the Only Relevant Form for Catalysis
Jacquin, Olivier ULg; Balbeur, Dorothée ULg; Damblon, Christian ULg et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (2009), 392(5), 1278-1291

Metallo-beta-lactamases catalyze the hydrolysis of most beta-lactam antibiotics and hence represent a major clinical concern. While enzymes belonging to subclass B1 have been shown to display maximum ... [more ▼]

Metallo-beta-lactamases catalyze the hydrolysis of most beta-lactam antibiotics and hence represent a major clinical concern. While enzymes belonging to subclass B1 have been shown to display maximum activity as dizinc species, the actual metal-to-protein stoichiometry and the affinity for zinc are not clear. We have further investigated the process of metal binding to the beta-lactamase H from Bacillus cereus 569/H/9 (known as BcII). Zinc binding was monitored using complementary biophysical techniques, including circular dichroism in the far-UV, enzymatic activity measurements, competition with a chromophoric chelator, mass spectrometry, and nuclear magnetic resonance. Most noticeably, mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance experiments, together with catalytic activity measurements, demonstrate that two zinc ions bind cooperatively to the enzyme active site (with K-1/K-2 >= 5) and, hence, that catalysis is associated with the dizinc enzyme species only. Furthermore, competitive experiments with the chromophoric chelator Mag-Fura-2 indicates K-2 < 80 nM. This contrasts with cadmium binding, which is clearly a noncooperative process with the mono form being the only species significantly populated in the presence of 1 molar equivalent of Cd(II). Interestingly, optical measurements reveal that although the apo and dizinc species exhibit undistinguishable tertiary structural organizations, the metal-depleted enzyme shows a significant decrease in its alpha-helical content, presumably associated with enhanced flexibility. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of the proteins encoded by the Bacillus subtilis yoxA-dacC operon.
Duez, Colette ULg; Zervosen, Astrid ULg; Teller, Nathalie et al

in FEMS Microbiology Letters (2009), 300

Abstract In Bacillus subtilis, the yoxA and dacC genes were proposed to form an operon. The yoxA gene was overexpressed in Escherichia coli and its product fused to a polyhistidine tag was purified. An ... [more ▼]

Abstract In Bacillus subtilis, the yoxA and dacC genes were proposed to form an operon. The yoxA gene was overexpressed in Escherichia coli and its product fused to a polyhistidine tag was purified. An aldose-1-epimerase or mutarotase activity was measured with the YoxA protein that we propose to rename as GalM by analogy with its counterpart in E. coli. The peptide d-Glu-delta-m-A(2)pm-d-Ala-m-A(2)pm-d-Ala mimicking the B. subtilis and E. coli interpeptide bridge was synthesized and incubated with the purified dacC product, the PBP4a. A clear dd-endopeptidase activity was obtained with this penicillin-binding protein, or PBP. The possible role of this class of PBP, present in almost all bacteria, is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailThe structure of the di-zinc subclass B2 metallo-beta-lactamase CphA reveals that the second inhibitory zinc ion binds in the "histidine" site.
Bebrone, Carine ULg; Delbrück, Heinrich; Kupper, Michaël et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2009)

Bacteria can defend themselves against beta-lactam antibiotics through the expression of class B beta-lactamases, which cleave the beta-lactam amide bond and render the molecule harmless. There are three ... [more ▼]

Bacteria can defend themselves against beta-lactam antibiotics through the expression of class B beta-lactamases, which cleave the beta-lactam amide bond and render the molecule harmless. There are three subclasses of class B beta-lactamases (B1, B2 and B3), all of which require Zn(2+) for activity and can bind either one or two zinc ions. Whereas the B1 and B3 metallo-beta-lactamases are most active as di-zinc enzymes, subclass B2 enzymes such as Aeromonas hydrophila CphA are inhibited by the binding of a second zinc ion. We crystallized A. hydrophila CphA in order to determine the binding site of the inhibitory zinc ion. X-ray data from zinc-saturated crystals allowed us to solve the crystal structures of the di-zinc forms of the wild-type enzyme and N220G mutant. The first zinc ion binds in the "cysteine" site, as previously determined for the mono-zinc form of the enzyme. The second zinc ion occupies a slightly modified "histidine" site, where the conserved His118 and His196 residues act as metal ligands. This atypical coordination sphere probably explains the rather high dissociation constant for the second zinc ion compared to those observed in enzymes of subclasses B1 and B3. Inhibition by the second zinc ion results from immobilization of the catalytically-important His118 and His196 residues, as well as the folding of the Gly232-Asn233 loop into a position that covers the active site. [less ▲]

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See detailIND-6, a Highly Divergent IND-type Metallo-{beta}-lactamase from Chryseobacterium indologenes strain 597 isolated in Burkina Faso.
Zeba, Boularé; De Luca, Filomena; Dubus, Alain et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2009)

Chryseobacterium and other genera belonging to the family Flavobacteriaceae include organisms that can behave as human pathogens and are known to cause different kinds of infections. Several ... [more ▼]

Chryseobacterium and other genera belonging to the family Flavobacteriaceae include organisms that can behave as human pathogens and are known to cause different kinds of infections. Several Flavobacteriaceae, including Chryseobacterium indologenes, are naturally resistant to beta-lactam antibiotics (including carbapenems), due to the production of a resident metallo-beta-lactamase. Although C. indologenes presently constitutes a limited clinical threat, the incidence of infections caused by this organism is increasing in some settings, where isolates that exhibit multidrug resistance phenotypes (that include aminoglycosides and quinolones) have been described. Here we report the identification and characterization of a new IND-type variant from a C. indologenes isolate from Burkina Faso resistant to beta-lactams and aminoglycosides. Its sequence identity with other IND-type metallo-beta-lactamases ranges from 72 to 90% (with IND-4 and IND-5, respectively). The purified enzyme exhibited N-terminal heterogeneity and a post-translational modification, consisting in the presence of a pyroglutamate residue at the N-terminus. IND-6 shows a broad substrate profile, with overall higher turnover rates than IND-5 and higher activities than IND-2 and IND-5 against ceftazidime and cefepime. [less ▲]

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See detailTem-1 Beta-Lactamase Folds in a Nonhierarchical Manner with Transient Non-Native Interactions Involving the C-Terminal Region
Lejeune, Annabelle ULg; Pain, R. H.; Charlier, Paulette ULg et al

in Biochemistry (2008), 47(4), 1186-93

The conformational stability and kinetics of refolding and unfolding of the W290F mutant of TEM-1 beta-lactamase have been determined as a function of guanidinium chloride concentration. The activity and ... [more ▼]

The conformational stability and kinetics of refolding and unfolding of the W290F mutant of TEM-1 beta-lactamase have been determined as a function of guanidinium chloride concentration. The activity and spectroscopic properties of the mutant enzyme did not differ significantly from those of the wild type, indicating that the mutation has only a very limited effect on the structure of the protein. The stability of the folded protein is reduced, however, by 5-10 kJ mol-1 relative to that of the molten globule intermediate (H), but the values of the folding rate constants are unchanged, suggesting that Trp-290 becomes organized in its nativelike environment only after the rate-limiting step; i.e., the C-terminal region of the enzyme folds very late. In contrast to the significant increase in fluorescence intensity seen in the dead time (3-4 ms) of refolding of the wild-type protein, no corresponding burst phase was observed with the mutant enzyme, enabling the burst phase to be attributed specifically to the C-terminal Trp-290. This residue is suggested to be buried in a nonpolar environment from which it has to escape during subsequent folding steps. With both proteins, fast early collapse leads to a folding intermediate in which the C-terminal region of the polypeptide chain is trapped in a non-native structure, consistent with a nonhierarchical folding process. [less ▲]

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See detailRapid and easy development of versatile tools to study protein/ligand interactions
Vandevenne, Marylène ULg; Gaspard, Gilles ULg; Yilmaz, Nursel et al

in Protein engineering, design & selection (2008)

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See detailDynamic combinatorial mass spectrometry leads to metallo-beta-lactamase inhibitors.
Lienard, Benoit M. R.; Huting, Rebekka; Lassaux, Patricia ULg et al

in Journal of medicinal chemistry (2008), 51(3), 684-8

The use of protein ESI mass spectrometry under non-denaturing conditions to analyze a dynamic combinatorial library of thiols/disulfides with the BcII metallo-beta-lactamase enabled the rapid ... [more ▼]

The use of protein ESI mass spectrometry under non-denaturing conditions to analyze a dynamic combinatorial library of thiols/disulfides with the BcII metallo-beta-lactamase enabled the rapid identification of an inhibitor with a K(i) of < 1 microM. The study exemplifies the utility of protein-MS for screening dynamic mixtures of potential enzyme-inhibitors. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystal structure of a cold-adapted class C beta-lactamase.
Michaux, Catherine; Massant, Jan; Kerff, Frédéric ULg et al

in FEBS Journal (2008), 275(8), 1687-97

In this study, the crystal structure of a class C beta-lactamase from a psychrophilic organism, Pseudomonas fluorescens, has been refined to 2.2 A resolution. It is one of the few solved crystal ... [more ▼]

In this study, the crystal structure of a class C beta-lactamase from a psychrophilic organism, Pseudomonas fluorescens, has been refined to 2.2 A resolution. It is one of the few solved crystal structures of psychrophilic proteins. The structure was compared with those of homologous mesophilic enzymes and of another, modeled, psychrophilic protein. The elucidation of the 3D structure of this enzyme provides additional insights into the features involved in cold adaptation. Structure comparison of the psychrophilic and mesophilic beta-lactamases shows that electrostatics seems to play a major role in low-temperature adaptation, with a lower total number of ionic interactions for cold enzymes. The psychrophilic enzymes are also characterized by a decreased number of hydrogen bonds, a lower content of prolines, and a lower percentage of arginines in comparison with lysines. All these features make the structure more flexible so that the enzyme can behave as an efficient catalyst at low temperatures. [less ▲]

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See detailActivation mechanism of recombinant Der p 3 allergen zymogen - Contribution of cysteine protease Der p 1 and effect of propeptide glycosylation
Dumez, Marie-Eve ULg; Teller, Nathalie; Mercier, Frédéric ULg et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2008), 283(45), 30606-30617

The trypsin-like protease Der p 3, a major allergen of the house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, is synthesized as a zymogen, termed proDer p 3. No recombinant source of Der p 3 has been ... [more ▼]

The trypsin-like protease Der p 3, a major allergen of the house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, is synthesized as a zymogen, termed proDer p 3. No recombinant source of Der p 3 has been described yet, and the zymogen maturation mechanism remains to be elucidated. The Der p 3 zymogen was produced in Pichia pastoris. We demonstrated that the recombinant zymogen is glycosylated at the level of its propeptide. We showed that the activation mechanism of proDer p 3 is intermolecular and is mediated by the house dust mite cysteine protease Der p 1. The primary structure of the proDer p 3 propeptide is associated with a unique zymogen activation mechanism, which is different from those described for the trypsin-like family and relies on the house dust mite papain-like protease Der p 1. This is the first report of a recombinant source of Der p 3, with the same enzymatic activity as the natural enzyme and trypsin. Glycosylation of the propeptide was found to decrease the rate of maturation. Finally, we showed that recombinant Der p 3 is inhibited by the free modified prosequence TP1R. [less ▲]

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See detailCreating hybrid proteins by insertion of exogenous peptides into permissive sites of a class A beta-lactamase
Ruth, Nadia ULg; Quinting, Brigitte; Mainil, Jacques ULg et al

in FEBS Journal (2008), 275

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See detailMutational analysis of the zinc- and substrate-binding sites in the CphA metallo-beta-lactamase from Aeromonas hydrophila.
Bebrone, Carine ULg; Anne, Christine; Kerff, Frédéric ULg et al

in Biochemical Journal (2008), 414(1), 151-9

The subclass B2 CphA (Carbapenemase hydrolysing Aeromonas) beta-lactamase from Aeromonas hydrophila is a Zn(2+)-containing enzyme that specifically hydrolyses carbapenems. In an effort to evaluate ... [more ▼]

The subclass B2 CphA (Carbapenemase hydrolysing Aeromonas) beta-lactamase from Aeromonas hydrophila is a Zn(2+)-containing enzyme that specifically hydrolyses carbapenems. In an effort to evaluate residues potentially involved in metal binding and/or catalysis (His(118), Asp(120), His(196) and His(263)) and in substrate specificity (Val(67), Thr(157), Lys(224) and Lys(226)), site-directed mutants of CphA were generated and characterized. Our results confirm that the first zinc ion is in interaction with Asp(120) and His(263), and thus is located in the 'cysteine' zinc-binding site. His(118) and His(196) residues seem to be interacting with the second zinc ion, as their replacement by alanine residues has a negative effect on the affinity for this second metal ion. Val(67) plays a significant role in the binding of biapenem and benzylpenicillin. The properties of a mutant with a five residue (LFKHV) insertion just after Val(67) also reveals the importance of this region for substrate binding. This latter mutant has a higher affinity for the second zinc ion than wild-type CphA. The T157A mutant exhibits a significantly modified activity spectrum. Analysis of the K224Q and N116H/N220G/K224Q mutants suggests a significant role for Lys(224) in the binding of substrate. Lys(226) is not essential for the binding and hydrolysis of substrates. Thus the present paper helps to elucidate the position of the second zinc ion, which was controversial, and to identify residues important for substrate binding. [less ▲]

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