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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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See detailStructural basis for the broad-spectrum inhibition of metallo-beta-lactamases by thiols
Lienard, Benoit M R; Garau, Gianpiero; Horsfall, Louise et al

in Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry (2008), 6(13), 2282-2294

The development of broad-spectrum metallo-beta-lactamase (MBL) inhibitors is challenging due to structural diversity and differences in metal utilisation by these enzymes. Analysis of structural data ... [more ▼]

The development of broad-spectrum metallo-beta-lactamase (MBL) inhibitors is challenging due to structural diversity and differences in metal utilisation by these enzymes. Analysis of structural data, followed by non-denturing mass spectrometric analyses, identified thiols proposed to inhibit representative MBLs from all three sub-classes: B1, B2 and B3. Solution analyses led to the identification of broad spectrum inhibitors, including potent inhibitors of the CphA MBL (Aeromonas hydrophila). Structural studies revealed that, as observed for other B1 and B3 MBLs, inhibition of the L1 MBL thiols involves metal chelation. Evidence is reported that this is not the case for inhibition of the CphA enzyme by some thiols; the crystal structure of the CphA-Zn-inhibitor complex reveals a binding mode in which the thiol does not interact with the zinc. The structural data enabled the design and the production of further more potent inhibitors. Overall the results suggest that the development of reasonably broad-spectrum MBL inhibitors should be possible. [less ▲]

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See detailRelationship between propeptide pH unfolding and inhibitory ability during ProDer p 1 activation mechanism
Chevigné, Andy ULg; Barumandzadeh, Roya ULg; Groslambert, Sylvie et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (2007), 374(1), 170-185

The major allergen Der p1 of the house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus is a papain-like cysteine protease (CA1) produced as an inactive precursor and associated with allergic diseases. The ... [more ▼]

The major allergen Der p1 of the house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus is a papain-like cysteine protease (CA1) produced as an inactive precursor and associated with allergic diseases. The propeptide of Der p I exhibits a specific fold that makes it unique in the CA1 propeptide family. In this study, we investigated the activation steps involved in the maturation of the recombinant protease Der p 1 expressed in Pichia pastoris and the interaction of the full-length and truncated soluble propepticles with their parent enzyme in terms of activity inhibition and BIAcore interaction analysis. According to our results, the activation of protease Der p 1 is a multistep mechanism that is characterized by at least two intermediates. The propeptide strongly inhibits unglycosylated and glycosylated recombinant Der p 1 (K-D = 7 nM) at neutral pH. This inhibition is pH dependent. It decreases from pH 7 to pH 4 and can be related to conformational changes of the propepticle characterized by an increase of its flexibility and formation of a molten globule state. Our results indicate that activation of the zymogen at pH 4 is a compromise between activity preservation and propeptide unfolding. (c) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailBiosensors based on electrochemically prepared polyanilines and bifunctional hybrid proteins
Faure, Emilie ULg; Halusiak, Emilie; Ruth, Nadia ULg et al

Poster (2007, August 31)

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See detailCrystal structure of the Bacillus subtilis penicillin-binding protein 4a, and its complex with a peptidoglycan mimetic peptide
Sauvage, Eric ULg; Duez, Colette ULg; Herman, Raphaël ULg et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (2007), 371(2), 528-539

The genome of Bacillus subtilis encodes 16 penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) involved in the synthesis and/or remodelling of the peptidoglycan during the complex life cycle of this sporulating Gram ... [more ▼]

The genome of Bacillus subtilis encodes 16 penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) involved in the synthesis and/or remodelling of the peptidoglycan during the complex life cycle of this sporulating Gram-positive rod-shaped bacterium. PBP4a (encoded by the dacC gene) is a low-molecular mass PBP clearly exhibiting in vitro DD-carboxypeptidase activity. We have solved the crystal structure of this protein alone and in complex with a peptide (D-alpha'-aminopymelyl-epsilon-D-alanyl-D-alanine) that mimics the C-terminal end of the Bacillus peptidoglycan stem peptide. PBP4a is composed of three domains: the penicillin-binding domain with a fold similar to the class A 13-lactamase structure and two domains inserted between the conserved motifs 1 and 2 characteristic of the penicillin-recognizing enzymes. The soaking of PBP4a in a solution Of D-alpha-aminopymelyl-epsilon-D-alanyl-D-alanine resulted in an adduct between PBP4a and a D-alpha-aminopimelyl-epsilon-D-alanine dipeptide and an unbound D-alanine, i.e. the products of acylation of PBP4a by D-alpha-aminopymelyl-epsilon-D-alanyl-D-alanine with the release of a D-alanine. The adduct also reveals a binding pocket specific to the diaminopimelic acid, the third residue of the peptidoglycan stem pentapeptide of B. subtilis. This pocket is specific for this class of PBPs. (C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailMetallo-beta-lactamases as emerging resistance determinants in Gram-negative pathogens: open issues
Cornaglia, G.; Akova, M.; Amicosante, G. et al

in International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents (2007), 29(4), 380-388

The rapid spread of acquired metallo-beta-lactamases (MBLs) among major Gram-negative pathogens is a matter of particular concern worldwide and primarily in Europe, one of first continents where the ... [more ▼]

The rapid spread of acquired metallo-beta-lactamases (MBLs) among major Gram-negative pathogens is a matter of particular concern worldwide and primarily in Europe, one of first continents where the emergence of acquired MBLs has been reported and possibly the geographical area where the increasing diversity of these enzymes and the number of bacterial species affected are most impressive. This spread has not been paralleled by accuracy/standardisation of detection methods, completeness of epidemiological knowledge or a clear understanding of what MBL production entails in terms of clinical impact, hospital infection control and antimicrobial chemotherapy. A number of European experts in the field met to review the current knowledge on this phenomenon, to point out open issues and to reinforce and relate to one another the existing activities set forth by research institutes, scientific societies and European Union-driven networks. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. and the International Society of Chemotherapy. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of bifunctional hybrid beta-lactamases for epitope mapping and immunoassay development
Chevigné, Andy ULg; Yilmaz, N.; Gaspard, Genevieve ULg et al

in Journal of Immunological Methods (2007), 320(1-2), 81-93

Mapping of epitopes is a crucial step for the study of immune pathways, the engineering of vaccines and the development of immunoassays. In this work, the Bacillus licheniformis beta-lactamase BlaP has ... [more ▼]

Mapping of epitopes is a crucial step for the study of immune pathways, the engineering of vaccines and the development of immunoassays. In this work, the Bacillus licheniformis beta-lactamase BlaP has been engineered to display heterologous polypeptides in a permissive and solvent-exposed loop. When combined with phage display, this modified enzyme can be used for epitope mapping by cloning random gene fragments. The procedure presented in this paper allows the selection of large infectious phage libraries with high diversity and efficient beta-lactamase activities. A useful aspect of the proposed technique results from the possibility of using the beta-lactamase activity carried by phages to evaluate the proportion of immobilised phages during the successive enrichment steps of the library or competition experiments with the selected phages. Another advantage of the technique derives from the fact that the epitope is selected as a bifunctional hybrid protein, which can be overproduced and purified. The resulting recombinant protein associates an epitope with a specific and efficient enzymatic activity. This constitutes an original tool for immunoassay development. A virus influenza hemagglutinin (HA1)-gene fragment library has been generated with this system and used to identify a linear epitope. (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailInhibitors of the FEZ-1 metallo-beta-lactamase
Lienard, B. M. R.; Horsfall, L. E.; Galleni, Moreno ULg et al

in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters (2007), 17(4), 964-968

Metallo-beta-lactamases (MBLs) catalyze the hydrolysis of beta-lactams including penicillins, cephalosporins and carbapenems. Starting from benzohydroxamic acid (1) structure-activity studies led to the ... [more ▼]

Metallo-beta-lactamases (MBLs) catalyze the hydrolysis of beta-lactams including penicillins, cephalosporins and carbapenems. Starting from benzohydroxamic acid (1) structure-activity studies led to the identification of selective inhibitors of the FEZ-1 MBL, e.g., 2,5-substituted benzophenone hydroxamic acid 17 has a K-i of 6.1 +/- 0.71 mu M against the FEZ-1 MBL but does not significantly inhibit the IMP-1, Bell, CphA or L1 MBLs. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailBiochemical characterisation of the CTX-M-14 beta-lactamase
Ishii, Y.; Galleni, Moreno ULg; Ma, L. et al

in International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents (2007), 29(2), 159-164

Cefotaxime-resistant Escherichia coli TUM 1121 was isolated from an abscess of an 83-year-old patient. The CTX-M-14 gene was located on a 70 kb plasmid. The enzyme was purified and its activity was ... [more ▼]

Cefotaxime-resistant Escherichia coli TUM 1121 was isolated from an abscess of an 83-year-old patient. The CTX-M-14 gene was located on a 70 kb plasmid. The enzyme was purified and its activity was analysed. CTX-M-14 was poorly active against ceftazidime and aztreonam. Aztreonam behaved as a competitive inhibitor. Among the tested suicide substrates for class A beta-lactamases, sulbactam was a rather good substrate. Tazobactam and clavulanic acid behaved as inactivators. The interactions between clavulanic acid and CTX-M-14 were characterised by progressive inactivation of the P-lactamase. Carbapenems such as imipenem, meropenem or doripenem did not behave as inactivators of CTX-M-14, however very small k(cat) values were observed. This result shows that CTX-M-14 is able to hydrolyse carbapenems. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. and the International Society of Chemotherapy. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Bacillus licheniformis BlaP beta-lactamase as a model protein scaffold to study the insertion of protein fragments.
Vandevenne, Marylène ULg; Filée, Patrice ULg; Scarafone, Natacha ULg et al

in Protein Science : A Publication of the Protein Society (2007), 16(10), 2260-71

Using genetic engineering technologies, the chitin-binding domain (ChBD) of the human macrophage chitotriosidase has been inserted into the host protein BlaP, a class A beta-lactamase produced by Bacillus ... [more ▼]

Using genetic engineering technologies, the chitin-binding domain (ChBD) of the human macrophage chitotriosidase has been inserted into the host protein BlaP, a class A beta-lactamase produced by Bacillus licheniformis. The product of this construction behaved as a soluble chimeric protein that conserves both the capacity to bind chitin and to hydrolyze beta-lactam moiety. Here we describe the biochemical and biophysical properties of this protein (BlaPChBD). This work contributes to a better understanding of the reciprocal structural and functional effects of the insertion on the host protein scaffold and the heterologous structured protein fragments. The use of BlaP as a protein carrier represents an efficient approach to the functional study of heterologous protein fragments. [less ▲]

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See detailA novel extended-spectrum TEM-type beta-lactamase, TEM-138, from Salmonella enterica serovar Infantis.
chouchani, chedli; Berlemont, Renaud ULg; masmoudi, A. et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2006), 50(9), 3183-5

A novel natural TEM beta-lactamase with extended-spectrum activity, TEM-138, was identified in a ceftazidime-resistant clinical isolate of Salmonella enterica serovar Infantis. Compared to TEM-1, TEM-138 ... [more ▼]

A novel natural TEM beta-lactamase with extended-spectrum activity, TEM-138, was identified in a ceftazidime-resistant clinical isolate of Salmonella enterica serovar Infantis. Compared to TEM-1, TEM-138 contains the following mutations: E104K, N175I, and G238S. The bla(TEM-138) gene was located on a 50-kb transferable plasmid. Expression studies with Escherichia coli revealed efficient ceftazidimase and cefotaximase activities for TEM-138. [less ▲]

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See detailGlycosyl transferase activity of the Escherichia coli penicillin-binding protein 1b: Specificity profile for the substrate
Fraipont, Claudine ULg; Sapunaric, Frédéric ULg; Zervosen, Astrid ULg et al

in Biochemistry (2006), 45(12), 4007-4013

The glycosyl transferase of the Escherichia coli bifunctional penicillin-binding protein (PBP) 1b catalyzes the assembly of lipid-transported N-acetylglucosaminyl-beta-1,4-N-acetylmuramoyl-L-Ala-gamma-D ... [more ▼]

The glycosyl transferase of the Escherichia coli bifunctional penicillin-binding protein (PBP) 1b catalyzes the assembly of lipid-transported N-acetylglucosaminyl-beta-1,4-N-acetylmuramoyl-L-Ala-gamma-D-Glu-meso-A(2)pm-D-Ala-D-Ala units (lipid II) into linear peptidoglycan chains. These units are linked, at C1 of N-acetylmuramic acid (MurNAc), to a C-55 undecaprenyl pyrophosphate. In an in vitro assay, lipid II functions both as a glycosyl donor and as a glycosyl acceptor substrate. Using substrate analogues, it is suggested that the specificity of the enzyme for the glycosyl donor substrate differs from that for the acceptor. The donor substrate requires the presence of both N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) and MurNAc and a reactive group on C1 of the MurNAc and does not absolutely require the lipid chain which can be replaced by uridine. The enzyme appears to prefer an acceptor substrate containing a polyprenyl pyrophosphate on C1 of the MurNAc sugar. The problem of glycan chain elongation that presumably proceeds by the repetitive addition of disaccharide peptide units at their reducing end is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of the bifunctional glycosyltransferase/acyltransferase penicillin-binding protein 4 of Listeria monocytogenes
Zawadzka-Skomial, J.; Markiewicz, Z.; Nguyen-Disteche, M. et al

in Journal of Bacteriology (2006), 188(5), 1875-1881

Multimodular penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) are essential enzymes responsible for bacterial cell wall peptidoglycan (PG) assembly. Their glycosyltransferase activity catalyzes glycan chain elongation ... [more ▼]

Multimodular penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) are essential enzymes responsible for bacterial cell wall peptidoglycan (PG) assembly. Their glycosyltransferase activity catalyzes glycan chain elongation from lipid II substrate (undecaprenyl-pyrophosphoryi-N-acetylglucosamine-N-acetylmuramic acid-pentapeptide), and their transpeptidase activity catalyzes cross-linking between peptides carried by two adjacent glycan chains. Listeria monocytogenes is a food-borne pathogen which exerts its virulence through secreted and cell wall PG-associated virulence factors. This bacterium has five PBPs, including two bifunctional glycosyltransferase/transpeptidase class A PBPs, namely, PBP1 and PBP4. We have expressed and purified the latter and have shown that it binds penicillin and catalyzes in vitro glycan chain polymerization with an efficiency of 1,400 M-1 s(-1) from Escherichia coli lipid II substrate. PBP4 also catalyzes the aminolysis (D-Ala as acceptor) and hydrolysis of the thiolester donor substrate benzoyl-Gly-thioglycolate, indicating that PBP4 possesses both transpeptidase and carboxyeptidase activities. Disruption of the gene lmo2229 encoding PBP4 in L. monocytogenes EGD did not. p have any significant effect on growth rate, peptidoglycan composition, cell morphology, or sensitivity to beta-lactam antibiotics but did increase the resistance of the mutant to moenomycin. [less ▲]

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See detailMonitoring the zinc affinity of the metallo-beta-lactamase CphA by automated nanoESI-MS
De Vriendt, K.; Van Driessche, G.; Devreese, B. et al

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2006), 17(2), 180-188

Metallo-beta-lactamases are zinc containing enzymes that are able to hydrolyze and inactivate beta-lactam antibiotics. The subclass B2 enzyme CphA of Aeromonas hydrophila is a unique metallo-p-lactamase ... [more ▼]

Metallo-beta-lactamases are zinc containing enzymes that are able to hydrolyze and inactivate beta-lactam antibiotics. The subclass B2 enzyme CphA of Aeromonas hydrophila is a unique metallo-p-lactamase because it degrades only carbapenems efficiently and is only active when it has one zinc ion bound. A zinc titration experiment was used to study the zinc affinity of the wild-type and of several mutant CphA enzymes. It shows that a second Zn2+ is also bound at high ion concentrations. All samples were analyzed using mass spectrometry in combination with an automated nanoESI source. The metal-free enzyme has a bimodal charge distribution indicative of two conformational states. A completely folded enzyme is detected when the apo-enzyme has bound the first zinc. Intensity ratios of the different enzyme forms were used to deduce the zinc affinities. CphA enzymes mutated in metal ligands show decreased zinc affinity compared to wild-type, especially D120 mutants. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystal structure of the Mycobacterium fortuitum class A beta-lactamase: structural basis for broad substrate specificity.
Sauvage, Eric ULg; Fonze, Eveline; Quinting, Birgit et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2006), 50(7), 2516-21

beta-Lactamases are the main cause of bacterial resistance to penicillins and cephalosporins. Class A beta-lactamases, the largest group of beta-lactamases, have been found in many bacterial strains ... [more ▼]

beta-Lactamases are the main cause of bacterial resistance to penicillins and cephalosporins. Class A beta-lactamases, the largest group of beta-lactamases, have been found in many bacterial strains, including mycobacteria, for which no beta-lactamase structure has been previously reported. The crystal structure of the class A beta-lactamase from Mycobacterium fortuitum (MFO) has been solved at 2.13-A resolution. The enzyme is a chromosomally encoded broad-spectrum beta-lactamase with low specific activity on cefotaxime. Specific features of the active site of the class A beta-lactamase from M. fortuitum are consistent with its specificity profile. Arg278 and Ser237 favor cephalosporinase activity and could explain its broad substrate activity. The MFO active site presents similarities with the CTX-M type extended-spectrum beta-lactamases but lacks a specific feature of these enzymes, the VNYN motif (residues 103 to 106), which confers on CTX-M-type extended-spectrum beta-lactamases a more efficient cefotaximase activity. [less ▲]

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See detailSpecificity and reversibility of the transpeptidation reaction catalyzed by the Streptomyces R61 D-Ala-D-Ala peptidase
Rhazi, Noureddine ULg; Delmarcelle, Michaël ULg; Sauvage, Eric ULg et al

in Protein Science (2005), 14(11), 2922-2928

The specificity of the Streptomyces R61 penicillin-sensitive D-Ala-D-Ala peptidase has been re-examined with the help of synthetic substrates. The products of the transpeptidation reactions obtained with ... [more ▼]

The specificity of the Streptomyces R61 penicillin-sensitive D-Ala-D-Ala peptidase has been re-examined with the help of synthetic substrates. The products of the transpeptidation reactions obtained with Gly-L-Xaa dipeptides as acceptor substrates are themselves poor substrates of the enzyme. This is in apparent contradiction with the classically accepted specificity rules for D-Ala-D-Ala peptidases. The Gly-L-Xaa dipeptide is regenerated by both the hydrolysis and transpeptidation reactions. The latter reaction is observed when another Gly-L-Xaa peptide or D-Alanine are supplied as acceptors. Utilization of substrates in which the terminal -COO(-) group has been esterified or amidated shows that a free carboxylate is not an absolute prerequisite for activity. The results are discussed in the context of the expected reversibility of the transpeptidation reaction. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular characterisation of a versatile peroxidase from a Bjerkandera strain
Moreira, Patricia R.; Duez, Colette ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg et al

in Journal of Biotechnology (2005), 118(4), 339-352

The cloning and sequencing of the rbpa gene coding for a versatile peroxidase from a novel Bjerkandera strain is hereby reported. The 1777 bp isolated fragment contained a 1698 bp peroxidase-encoding gene ... [more ▼]

The cloning and sequencing of the rbpa gene coding for a versatile peroxidase from a novel Bjerkandera strain is hereby reported. The 1777 bp isolated fragment contained a 1698 bp peroxidase-encoding gene, interrupted by 11 introns. The 367 amino acid-deduced sequence includes a 27 amino acid-signal peptide. The molecular model, built via homology modelling with crystal structures of four fungal peroxidases, highlighted the amino acid residues putatively involved in manganese binding and aromatic substrate oxidation. The potential heme pocket residues (R44, F47, H48, E79, N85, H177, F194 and D239) include both distal and proximal histidines (H48 and H177). RBP possesses potential calcium-binding residues (D49, G67, D69, S71, S178, D195, T197, I200 and D202) and eight cysteine residues (C3, C15, C16, C35, C121, C250, C286, C316). In addition, RIBP includes residues involved in substrate oxidation: three acidic residues (E37, E41 and D183)-putatively involved in manganese binding and H83 and W172-potentially involved in oxidation of aromatic substrates. Characterisation of nucleotide and amino acid sequences include RBP in versatile peroxidase group sharing catalytic properties of both UP and MnP. In addition, the RBP enzyme appears to be closely related with the ligninolytic peroxidases from the Trametes versicolor strain. (C) 2005 Published by Elsevier B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailDramatic broadening of the substrate profile of the Aeromonas hydrophila CphA metallo-beta-lactamase by site-directed mutagenesis
Bebrone, Carine ULg; Anne, C.; De Vriendt, K. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2005), 280(31), 28195-28202

Among class B beta-lactamases, the subclass B2 CphA enzyme is characterized by a unique specificity profile. CphA efficiently hydrolyzes only carbapenems. In this work, we generated site-directed mutants ... [more ▼]

Among class B beta-lactamases, the subclass B2 CphA enzyme is characterized by a unique specificity profile. CphA efficiently hydrolyzes only carbapenems. In this work, we generated site-directed mutants that possess a strongly broadened activity spectrum when compared with the WT CphA. Strikingly, the N116H/N220G double mutant exhibits a substrate profile close to that observed for the broad spectrum subclass B1 enzymes. The double mutant is significantly activated by the binding of a second zinc ion under conditions where the WT enzyme is non-competitively inhibited by the same ion. [less ▲]

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See detailDNA vaccination for the priming of neutralizing antibodies against non-immunogenic STa enterotoxin from enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli
Ruth, Nadia ULg; Mainil, Jacques ULg; Roupie, Virginie et al

in Vaccine (2005), 23(27), 3618-3627

In order to test the use of DNA vaccination for its capacity to induce antibodies against the non-immunogenic heat-stable enterotoxin STa from Escherichia coli, BALB/c mice were immunized with plasmid DNA ... [more ▼]

In order to test the use of DNA vaccination for its capacity to induce antibodies against the non-immunogenic heat-stable enterotoxin STa from Escherichia coli, BALB/c mice were immunized with plasmid DNA encoding hybrid proteins made by the insertion of wild type STa or insertion of the Cys6Ala, Cys17Ala and Cys6Ala-Cys17Ala STa mutants at positions 195 or 216 of the TEM-1 beta-lactamase. No STa specific antibodies could be detected after three plasmid injections, but a subsequent boost with native STa peptide was capable of inducing low levels of neutralizing antibodies, as tested in the suckling mouse assay. Highest STa specific responses were found in mice primed with the double mutated STa inserted in position 195. This plasmid induced highest T-cell responses to the TEM-1 protein, indicating that priming of helper T-cell responses to the carrier protein was essential. Mixed IgG1/IgG2a isotypes also reflected this T helper 1 type priming. Moreover, insertion into loop A of the TEM-1 carrier may be more suitable than insertion into loop B, because of reduced competition between carrier and hapten B cell responses. [less ▲]

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See detailImproving the alkalophilic performances of the Xyl1 xylanase from Streptomyces sp S38: Structural comparison and mutational analysis
De Lemos Esteves, Frédéric ULg; Gouders, T.; Lamotte-Brasseur, J. et al

in Protein Science : A Publication of the Protein Society (2005), 14(2), 292-302

Endo-beta-1,4-xylanases of the family 11 glycosyl-hydrolases are catalytically active over a wide range of pH. Xyl1 from Streptomyces sp. S38 belongs to this family, and its optimum pH for enzymatic ... [more ▼]

Endo-beta-1,4-xylanases of the family 11 glycosyl-hydrolases are catalytically active over a wide range of pH. Xyl1 from Streptomyces sp. S38 belongs to this family, and its optimum pH for enzymatic activity is 6. Xyn11 from Bacillus agaradhaerens and XylJ from Bacillus sp. 41M-1 share 85% sequence identity and have been described as highly alkalophilic enzymes. In an attempt to better understand the alkalophilic adaptation of xylanases, the three-dimensional structures of Xyn11 and Xyl1 were compared. This comparison highlighted an increased number of salt-bridges and the presence of more charged residues in the catalytic cleft as well as an eight-residue-longer loop in the alkalophilic xylanase Xyn11. Some of these charges were introduced in the structure of Xyl1 by site-directed mutagenesis with substitutions Y16D, S18E, G50R, N92D, A135Q, E139K, and Y186E. Furthermore, the eight additional loop residues of Xyn11 were introduced in the homologous loop of Xyl1. In addition, the coding sequence of the XylJ catalytic domain was synthesized by recursive PCR, expressed in a Streptomyces host, purified, and characterized together with the Xyl1 mutants. The Y186E substitution inactivated Xyl1, but the activity was restored when this mutation was combined with the G50R or S18E substitutions. Interestingly, the E139K mutation raised the optimum pH of Xyl1 from 6 to 7.5 but had no effect when combined with the N92D substitution. Modeling studies identified the possible formation of an interaction between the introduced lysine and the substrate, which could be eliminated by the formation of a putative salt-bridge in the N92D/E139K mutant. [less ▲]

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