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See detailNovel use of lipopeptide preparations
Deleu, Magali ULg; Brans, Alain; Brasseur, Robert ULg et al

Patent (2004)

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See detailElectronic and Molecular Properties of an Adsorbed Protein Monolayer Probed by Two-Color Sum-Frequency Generation Spectroscopy
Dreesen, Laurent ULg; Humbert, C.; Sartenaer, Y. et al

in Langmuir (2004), 20(17), 7201-7207

Two-color sum-frequency generation spectroscopy (2C-SFG) is used to probe the molecular and electronic properties of an adsorbed layer of the green fluorescent protein mutant 2 (GFPmut2) on a platinum ... [more ▼]

Two-color sum-frequency generation spectroscopy (2C-SFG) is used to probe the molecular and electronic properties of an adsorbed layer of the green fluorescent protein mutant 2 (GFPmut2) on a platinum (111) substrate. First, the spectroscopic measurements, performed under different polarization combinations, and atomic force microscopy (AFM) show that the GFPmut2 proteins form a fairly ordered monolayer on the platinum surface. Next, the nonlinear spectroscopic data provide evidence of particular coupling phenomena between the GFPmut2 vibrational and electronic properties. This is revealed by the occurrence of two doubly resonant sum-frequency generation processes for molecules having both their Raman and infrared transition moments in a direction perpendicular to the sample plane. Finally, our 2C-SFG analysis reveals two electronic transitions corresponding to the absorption and fluorescence energy levels which are related to two different GFPmut2 conformations: the B (anionic) and I forms, respectively. Their observation and wavelength positions attest the keeping of the GFPmut2 electronic properties upon adsorption on the metallic surface. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystal structure of the sensor domain of the BlaR penicillin receptor from Bacillus licheniformis
Kerff, Frédéric ULg; Charlier, Paulette ULg; Colombo, Maria Louisa et al

in Biochemistry (2003), 42(44), 12835-12843

As in several staphylococci, the synthesis of the Bacillus licheniformis 749/I beta-lactamase is an inducible phenomenon regulated by a signal-transducing membrane protein BlaR. The C-terminal domain of ... [more ▼]

As in several staphylococci, the synthesis of the Bacillus licheniformis 749/I beta-lactamase is an inducible phenomenon regulated by a signal-transducing membrane protein BlaR. The C-terminal domain of this multimodular protein is an extracellular domain which specifically recognizes beta-lactam antibiotics. When it binds a beta-lactam, a signal is transmitted by the transmembrane region to the intracellular loops. In response, the hydrolytic activity of the BlaR large cytoplasmic L3 loop is induced, and a cascade of reactions is generated, leading to the transcription of the beta-lactamase gene. Here, we describe the crystal structure of the extracellular penicillin-receptor domain of BlaR (residues 346-601) at 2.5 Angstrom resolution in order to understand why this domain, whose folding is very similar to that of class D beta-lactamases, behaves as a highly sensitive penicillin-binding protein rather than a beta-lactamase. Two residues of the BlaR C-terminal domain, Thr452 and Thr542, modify the hydrophobic characteristic of the class D beta-lactamase active site. Both residues seem to be in part responsible for the lack of beta-lactamase activity of the BlaR protein due to the stability of the acyl-enzyme. Although further experimental data are needed to fully understand the transmembrane induction process, the comparison of the BlaR sensor domain structure with those of class D beta-lactamase complexes and penicillin-binding proteins provides interesting elements to hypothesize on possible signal transmission mechanisms. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystal structure of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase Toho-1: Insights into the molecular mechanism for catalytic reaction and substrate specificity expansion
Ibuka, A. S.; Ishii, Y.; Galleni, Moreno ULg et al

in Biochemistry (2003), 42(36), 10634-10643

The crystallographic structure of the class A beta-lactamase Toho-1, an extended-spectrum beta-lactamase with potent activity against expanded-spectrum cephems, has been determined at 1.65 Angstrom ... [more ▼]

The crystallographic structure of the class A beta-lactamase Toho-1, an extended-spectrum beta-lactamase with potent activity against expanded-spectrum cephems, has been determined at 1.65 Angstrom resolution. The result reveals that the Lys73 side chain can adopt two alternative conformations. The predominant conformation of Lys73 is different from that observed in the E166A mutant, indicating that removal of the Glu166 side chain changes the conformation of the Lys73 side chain and thus the interaction between Lys73 and Glu166. The Lys73 side chain would play an important role in proton relay, switching its conformation from one to the other depending on the circumstances. The electron density map also implies possible rotation of Ser237. Comparison of the Toho-1 structure with the structure of other class A beta-lactamases shows that the hydroxyl group of Ser237 is likely to rotate through interaction with the carboxyl group of the substrate. Another peculiarity is the existence of three sulfate ions positioned in or near the substrate-binding cavity. One of these sulfate ions is tightly bound to the active center, while the other two are held by a region of positive charge formed by two arginine residues, Arg274 and Arg276. This positively charged region is speculated to represent a pseudo-binding site of the beta-lactam antibiotics, presumably catching the methoxyimino group of the third-generation cephems prior to proper binding in the substrate-binding cleft for hydrolysis. This high-resolution structure, together with detailed kinetic analysis of Toho-1, provides a new hypothesis for the catalytic mechanism and substrate specificity of Toho-1. [less ▲]

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See detailA detailed kinetic study of Mox-1, a plasmid-encoded class C beta-lactamase
Alba, J.; Bauvois, C.; Ishii, Y. et al

in FEMS Microbiology Letters (2003), 225(2), 183-188

Surveys of beta-lactamases in different parts of the world show an important increase in class C beta-lactamases, thus the study of these enzymes is becoming an important issue. We created an ... [more ▼]

Surveys of beta-lactamases in different parts of the world show an important increase in class C beta-lactamases, thus the study of these enzymes is becoming an important issue. We created an overproduction system for Mox-1, a plasmid class C beta-lactamase, by cloning the gene encoding this enzyme, and placing it under the control of a T7 promoter, using vector pET 28a. The enzyme, purified by ion exchange chromatography, was used to obtain the molecular mass (38 246), the N-terminal sequence (GEASPVDPLRPVV), and p/ (8.9), and to perform a detailed kinetic study. Cephalotin was used as reporter substrate in the case of poor substrates. The kinetic study showed that benzylpenicillin, cephalotin, cefcapene and moxalactam were good substrates for Mox-1 (k(cat)/K-m values > 2.5 x 10(6) M-1 s(-1)). On the other hand, ceftazidime and cefepime were poor substrates for this enzyme (K-m values > 200 muM). Clavulanic acid had no inhibitory effect on Mox-1 (K-m = 30.2 mM), however aztreonam behaved as an inhibitor of Mox-1 (K-i = 2.85 muM). (C) 2003 Federation of European Microbiological Societies. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the substrate specificity of bacterial DD-peptidases: evidence from two series of peptidoglycan-mimetic peptides
Anderson, J. W.; Adediran, S. A.; Charlier, Paulette ULg et al

in Biochemical Journal (2003), 373(Part 3), 949-955

The reactions between bacterial DD-peptidases and beta-lactam antibiotics have been studied for many years. Less well understood are the interactions between these enzymes and their natural substrates ... [more ▼]

The reactions between bacterial DD-peptidases and beta-lactam antibiotics have been studied for many years. Less well understood are the interactions between these enzymes and their natural substrates, presumably the peptide moieties of peptidoglycan. In general, remarkably little activity has previously been demonstrated in vitro against potential peptide substrates, although in many cases the peptides employed were non-specific and not homologous with the relevant peptidoglycan. In this paper, the specificity of a panel of DD-peptidases against elements of species-specific D-alanyl-D-alanine peptides has been assessed. In two cases, those of soluble, low-molecular-mass DD-peptidases, high activity against the relevant peptides has been demonstrated. In these cases, the high specificity is towards the free N-terminus of the peptidoglycan fragment. With a number of other enzymes, particularly high-molecular-mass DD-peptidases, little or no activity against these peptides was observed. In separate experiments, the reactivity of the enzymes against the central, largely invariant, peptide stem was examined. None of the enzymes surveyed showed high activity against this structural element although weak specificity in the expected direction towards the one structural variable (D-gammaGln versus D-gammaGlu) was observed. The current state of understanding of the activity of these enzymes in vitro is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystal structure of Enterobacter cloacae 908R class C beta-lactamase bound to iodo-acetamido-phenyl boronic acid, a transition-state analogue
Wouters, J.; Fonze, E.; Vermeire, M. et al

in Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences (2003), 60(8), 1764-1773

The structures of the, class C beta-lactamase from Enterobacter cloacae 908R alone and in complex with a baronic acid transition-state analogue were determined by X-ray crystallography at 2.1 and 2.3 ... [more ▼]

The structures of the, class C beta-lactamase from Enterobacter cloacae 908R alone and in complex with a baronic acid transition-state analogue were determined by X-ray crystallography at 2.1 and 2.3 Angstrom, respectively. The structure of the enzyme resembles those of other class C beta-lactamases. The structure of the. complex with the transition-state analogue, iodo-acetamido-phenyl boronic acid, shows that the inhibitor is covalently, bound to the active-site serine (Ser64). Binding of the inhibitor within the active site is compared with previously determined structures of complexes with other class C enzymes. The structure of the boronic acid adduct indicates ways to improve the affinity of this class of inhibitors. This structure of 908R class C beta-lactamase in complex with a transitionstate analogue provides further insights into the mechanism of action of these hydrolases. [less ▲]

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See detailThe 1.5-angstrom structure of Chryseobacterium meningosepticum zinc beta-lactamase in complex with the inhibitor, D-captopril
Garcia-Saez, I.; Hopkins, J.; Papamicael, C. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2003), 278(26), 23868-23873

The crystal structure of the class-B beta-lactamase, BlaB, from the pathogenic bacterium, Chryseobacterium meningosepticum, in complex with the inhibitor, D-captopril, has been solved at 1.5-Angstrom ... [more ▼]

The crystal structure of the class-B beta-lactamase, BlaB, from the pathogenic bacterium, Chryseobacterium meningosepticum, in complex with the inhibitor, D-captopril, has been solved at 1.5-Angstrom resolution. The enzyme has the typical alphabeta/betaalpha metallo-beta-lactamase fold and the characteristic two metal binding sites of members of the subclass B1, in which two Zn2+ ions were identified. D-Captopril, a diastereoisomer of the commercial drug, captopril, acts as an inhibitor by displacing the catalytic hydroxyl ion required for antibiotic hydrolysis and intercalating its sulfhydryl group between the two Zn2+ ions. Interestingly, D-captopril is located on one side of the active site cleft. The x-ray structure of the complex of the closely related enzyme, IMP-1, with a mercaptocarboxylate inhibitor, which also contains a sulfhydryl group bound to the two Zn2+ ions, shows the ligand to be located on the opposite side of the active site cleft. A molecule generated by fusion of these two inhibitors would cover the entire cleft, suggesting an interesting approach to the design of highly specific inhibitors. [less ▲]

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See detailThe kinetic properties of the carboxy terminal domain of the Bacillus licheniformis 749/I BlaR penicillin-receptor shed a new light on the derepression of beta-lactamase synthesis
Duval, Valérie; Swinnen, Marc; Lepage, Sophie et al

in Molecular Microbiology (2003), 48(6), 1553-1564

To study the properties of the BlaR penicillin-receptor involved in the induction of the Bacillus licheniformis beta-lactamase, the water-soluble carboxy terminal domain of the protein (BlaR-CTD) was ... [more ▼]

To study the properties of the BlaR penicillin-receptor involved in the induction of the Bacillus licheniformis beta-lactamase, the water-soluble carboxy terminal domain of the protein (BlaR-CTD) was overproduced in the periplasm of Escherichia coli JM105 and purified to protein homogeneity. Its interactions with various beta-lactam antibiotics were studied. The second-order acylation rate constants k(2)/K' ranged from 0.0017 to more than 1 muM(-1) s(-1) and the deacylation rate constants were lower than 4x10(-5) s(-1) . These values imply a rapid to very rapid formation of a stable acylated adduct. BlaR-CTD is thus one of the most sensitive penicillin-binding proteins presently described. In the light of these results, the kinetics of beta-lactamase induction in Bacillus licheniformis were re-examined. When starting with a rather high cell density, a good beta-lactamase substrate such as benzylpenicillin is too sensitive to beta-lactamase-mediated hydrolysis to allow full induction. By contrast, a poor beta-lactamase substrate (7-aminocephalosporanic acid) can fully derepress beta-lactamase expression under conditions where interference of the antibiotic with cell growth is observed. These results suggest that acylation of the penicillin receptor is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for full induction. [less ▲]

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See detailDimerization and DNA binding properties of the Bacillus licheniformis 749/I BlaI repressor
Filée, Patrice ULg; Vreuls, Christelle ULg; Herman, Raphaël ULg et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2003), 278(19), 16482-16487

In the absence of penicillin, the beta-lactamase encoding gene blaP of Bacillus licheniformis 749/I is negatively regulated by the transcriptional repressor BlaI. Three palindromic operator regions are ... [more ▼]

In the absence of penicillin, the beta-lactamase encoding gene blaP of Bacillus licheniformis 749/I is negatively regulated by the transcriptional repressor BlaI. Three palindromic operator regions are recognized by BlaI: two in the blaP promoter (OP1 and OP2) and one (OP3) in the promoter of the blaI-blaR1 operon. In this study, the dissociation constant of the purified BlaI dimer was estimated at 25 muM by equilibrium ultracentrifugation. Quantitative Western blot analysis indicates that the intracellular concentrations of BlaI in B. licheniformis 749/I and Bacillus subtilis transformed by a multicopy plasmid harboring the beta-lactamase locus (blaP-blaI-blaR1) were lower than (1.9 muM) or in the same range as (75 muM) the dissociation constant, respectively. This suggests that BlaI is partially dimeric in the cytoplasm of these strains and interacts in vivo with its operators as a preformed dimer. This hypothesis is supported by band shift assays on an operator containing a randomized half-operator sequence. The global dissociation constants of the operator-BlaI dimer complexes were measured by band shift assays and estimated as K-dOP1=1.7+/-0.5 10(-15) M-2, K-dOP2=3.3+/-0.9 10(-15) M-2, and K-dOP3=10.5+/-2.5 10(-15) M-2. The role of the DNA binding properties of BlaI on the beta-lactamase regulation is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of the importance of the metallo-beta-lactamase active site loop in substrate binding and catalysis
Moali, C.; Anne, C.; Lamotte-Brasseur, J. et al

in Chemistry & Biology (2003), 10(4), 319-329

The role of the mobile loop comprising residues 60-66 in metallo-beta-lactamases has been studied by site-directed mutagenesis, determination of kinetic parameters for six substrates and two inhibitors ... [more ▼]

The role of the mobile loop comprising residues 60-66 in metallo-beta-lactamases has been studied by site-directed mutagenesis, determination of kinetic parameters for six substrates and two inhibitors, pre-steady-state characterization of the interaction with chromogenic nitrocefin, and molecular modeling. The W64A mutation was performed in IMP-1 and BcII (after replacement of the Bcll 60-66 peptide by that of IMP-1) and always resulted in increased K-i and K. and decreased k(cat)/K-m values, an effect reinforced by complete deletion of the loop. k(cat) values were, by contrast, much more diversely affected, indicating that the loop does not systematically favor the best relative positioning of substrate and enzyme catalytic groups. The hydrophobic nature of the ligand is also crucial to strong interactions with the loop, since imipenem was almost insensitive to loop modifications. [less ▲]

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See detailCatalytic mechanism of the Streptomyces K15 DD-transpeptidase/penicillin-binding protein probed by site-directed mutagenesis and structural analysis
Rhazi, Noureddine ULg; Charlier, Paulette ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg et al

in Biochemistry (2003), 42(10), 2895-2906

The Streptomyces K15 penicillin-binding DD-transpeptidase is presumed to be involved in peptide cross-linking during bacterial cell wall peptidoglycan assembly. To gain insight into the catalytic ... [more ▼]

The Streptomyces K15 penicillin-binding DD-transpeptidase is presumed to be involved in peptide cross-linking during bacterial cell wall peptidoglycan assembly. To gain insight into the catalytic mechanism, the roles of residues Lys38, Ser96, and Cys98, belonging to the structural elements defining the active site cleft, have been investigated by site-directed mutagenesis, biochemical studies, and X-ray diffraction analysis. The Lys38His and Ser96Ala mutations almost completely abolished the penicillin binding and severely impaired the transpeptidase activities while the geometry of the active site was essentially the same as in the wild-type enzyme. It is proposed that Lys38 acts as the catalytic base that abstracts a proton from the active serine Ser35 during nucleophilic attack and that Ser96 is a key intermediate in the proton transfer from the Ogamma of Ser35 to the substrate leaving group nitrogen. The role of these two residues should be conserved among penicillin-binding proteins containing the Ser-Xaa-Asn/Cys sequence in motif 2. Conversion of Cys98 into Asn decreased the transpeptidase activity and increased hydrolysis of the thiolester substrate and the acylation rate with most beta-lactam antibiotics. Cys98 is proposed to play the same role as Asn in motif 2 of other penicilloyl serine transferases in properly positioning the substrate for the catalytic process. [less ▲]

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See detailOn functional and structural heterogeneity of VIM-type metallo-beta-lactamases
Docquier, J. D.; Lamotte-Brasseur, J.; Galleni, Moreno ULg et al

in Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (2003), 51(2), 257-266

The VIM metallo-beta-lactamases are emerging resistance determinants, encoded by mobile genetic elements, that have recently been detected in multidrug-resistant nosocomial isolates of Pseudomonas ... [more ▼]

The VIM metallo-beta-lactamases are emerging resistance determinants, encoded by mobile genetic elements, that have recently been detected in multidrug-resistant nosocomial isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and other Gram-negative pathogens. In this work a T7-based expression system for overproduction of the VIM-2 enzyme by Escherichia coli was developed, which yielded similar to80 mg of protein per litre of culture. The enzyme was mostly released into the medium, from which it was recovered at >99% purity by an initial ammonium sulphate precipitation followed by two chromatography steps, with almost 80% efficiency. Determination of kinetic parameters of VIM-2 under the same experimental conditions previously used for VIM-1 (the first VIM-type enzyme detected in clinical isolates, which is 93% identical to VIM-2) revealed significant differences in K-m values and/or turnover rates with several substrates, including penicillins, cephalosporins and carbapenems. Compared with VIM-1, VIM-2 is more susceptible to inactivation by chelators, indicating that the zinc ions of the latter are probably more loosely bound. These data indicated that at least some of the amino acid differences between the two proteins have functional significance. Molecular modelling of the two enzymes identified some amino acid substitutions, including those at positions 223, 224 and 228 (in the BBL numbering), that could be relevant to the changes in catalytic behaviour. [less ▲]

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See detailThree-dimensional structure of FEZ-1, a monomeric subclass B3 metallo-beta-lactamase from Fluoribacter gormanii, in native form and in complex with D-captopril
Garcia-Saez, I.; Mercuri, P. S.; Papamicael, C. et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (2003), 325(4), 651-660

The beta-lactamases are involved in bacterial resistance to penicillin and related compounds. Members of the metallo-enzyme class are now found in many pathogenic bacteria and are thus becoming of major ... [more ▼]

The beta-lactamases are involved in bacterial resistance to penicillin and related compounds. Members of the metallo-enzyme class are now found in many pathogenic bacteria and are thus becoming of major clinical importance. The structures of the Zn-beta-lactamase from Fluoribacter gormanii (FEZ-1) in the native and in the complex form are reported here. FEZ-I is a monomeric enzyme, which possesses two zinc-binding sites. These structures are discussed in comparison with those of the tetrameric L1 enzyme produced by Stenotrophomonas maltophilia. From this analysis, amino acids involved in the oligomerization of L1 are clearly identified. Despite the similarity in fold, the active site of FEZ-1 was found to be significantly different. Two residues, which were previously implicated in function, are not present in L1 or in FEZ-1. The broad-spectrum substrate profile of Zn-beta-lactamases arises from the rather wide active-site cleft, where various P-lactam compounds can be accommodated. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of Cys221 and Asn116 in the zinc-binding sites of the Aeromonas hydrophila metallo-beta-lactamase.
Vanhove, Marc; Zakhem, M.; Devreese, B. et al

in Cellular and molecular life sciences : CMLS (2003), 60(11), 2501-9

The CphA metallo-beta-lactamase produced by Aeromonas hydrophila exhibits two zinc-binding sites. Maximum activity is obtained upon binding of one zinc ion, whereas binding of the second zinc ion results ... [more ▼]

The CphA metallo-beta-lactamase produced by Aeromonas hydrophila exhibits two zinc-binding sites. Maximum activity is obtained upon binding of one zinc ion, whereas binding of the second zinc ion results in a drastic decrease in the hydrolytic activity. In this study, we analyzed the role of Asn116 and Cys221, two residues of the active site. These residues were replaced by site-directed mutagenesis and the different mutants were characterized. The C221S and C221A mutants were seriously impaired in their ability to bind the first, catalytic zinc ion and were nearly completely inactive, indicating a major role for Cys221 in the binding of the catalytic metal ion. By contrast, the binding of the second zinc ion was only slightly affected, at least for the C221S mutant. Mutation of Asn116 did not lead to a drastic decrease in the hydrolytic activity, indicating that this residue does not play a key role in the catalytic mechanism. However, the substitution of Asn116 by a Cys or His residue resulted in an approximately fivefold increase in the affinity for the second, inhibitory zinc ion. Together, these data suggested that the first zinc ion is located in the binding site involving the Cys221 and that the second zinc ion binds in the binding site involving Asn116 and, presumably, His118 and His196. [less ▲]

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See detailMethod for estimation of low outer membrane permeability to beta-lactam antibiotics
Lakaye, Bernard ULg; Dubus, Alice ULg; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2002), 46(9), 2901-2907

The outer membrane of gram-negative bacteria plays a major role in beta-lactam resistance as it slows down antibiotic entry into the periplasm and therefore acts in synergy with beta-lactamases and efflux ... [more ▼]

The outer membrane of gram-negative bacteria plays a major role in beta-lactam resistance as it slows down antibiotic entry into the periplasm and therefore acts in synergy with beta-lactamases and efflux systems. Up to now, the quantitative estimation of low outer membrane permeability by the method of Zimmermann and Rosselet was difficult because of the secreted and cell surface-associated beta-lactamases. The method presented here uses the acylation of a highly sensitive periplasmic penicillin-binding protein (PBP) (BlaR-CTD) to assess the rate of beta-lactam penetration into the periplasm. The method is dedicated to measurement of low permeability and is only valid when the diffusion rate through the outer membrane is rate limiting. Cytoplasmic membrane associated PBPs do not interfere since they are acylated after the very sensitive BlaR-CTD. This method was used to measure the permeability of beta-lactamase-deficient strains of Enterobacter cloacae and Enterobacter aerogenes to benzylpenicillin, ampicillin, carbenicillin, cefotaxime, aztreonam, and cephacetrile. Except for that of cephacetrile, the permeability coefficients were equal to or below 10(-7) cm/s. For cephacetrile, carbenicillin, and benzylpenicillin, the outer membrane of E. cloacae was 20 to 60 times less permeable than that of Escherichia coli, whereas for cefotaxime, aztreonam, and ampicillin it was, respectively, 400, 1,000, and 700 times less permeable. The permeability coefficient for aztreonam is the lowest ever measured (P = 3.2 X 10(-9) cm/s). Using these values, the MICs for a beta-lactamase-overproducing strain of E. cloacae were successfully predicted, demonstrating the validity of the method. [less ▲]

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See detailSubstrate-activated zinc binding of metallo-beta-lactamases - Physiological importance of the mononuclear enzymes
Wommer, S.; Rival, S.; Heinz, U. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2002), 277(27), 24142-24147

We have investigated the influence of substrate binding on the zinc ion affinity of representatives from the three metallo-g-lactamase subclasses, B1 (BcII from Bacillus cereus and BlaB from ... [more ▼]

We have investigated the influence of substrate binding on the zinc ion affinity of representatives from the three metallo-g-lactamase subclasses, B1 (BcII from Bacillus cereus and BlaB from Chryseobacterium meningosepticum), B2 (CphA from Aeromonas hydrophila), and B3 (L1 from Stenotrophomonas maltophilia). By competition experiments with metal-free apoenzymes and chromophoric zinc chelators or EDTA, we determined the dissociation constants in the absence and presence of substrates. For the formation of the monozine enzymes we determined constants of 1.8, 5.1, 0.007, and 2.6 nm in the absence and 13.6, 1.8, 1.2, and 5.7 pm in the presence of substrates for Bell, BlaB, CphA, and L1, respectively. A second zinc ion binds in the absence (presence) of substrates with considerably higher dissociation constants, namely 1.8 (0.8), 0.007 (0.025), 50 (1.9), and 0.006 (0.12) mum for BcII, BlaB, CphA, and L1, respectively. We have concluded that the apo form might be the prevailing state of most of the metallo-beta-lactamases under physiological conditions in the absence of substrates. Substrate availability induces a spontaneous self-activation due to a drastic decrease of the dissociation constants, resulting in the formation of active mononuclear enzymes already at picomolar free zinc ion concentrations. In the presence of substrates, the binuclear state of the enzymes only exists at unphysiologic high zinc concentrations and might be of no biological relevance. From the competition experiments with EDTA it is further concluded that the reactivation rate does not depend on the pool of free zinc ions but proceeds via the EDTA-Zn(II)-enzyme ternary complexes. [less ▲]

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See detailOverproduction and biochemical characterization of the Chryseobacterium meningosepticum BlaB metallo-beta-lactamase
Vessillier, S.; Docquier, J. D.; Rival, S. et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2002), 46(6), 1921-1927

The BlaB metallo-beta-lactamase of Chryseobacterium meningosepticum CCUG4310 was overproduced in Escherichia coli by means of a T7 promoter-based expression system. The overproducing system, scaled up in ... [more ▼]

The BlaB metallo-beta-lactamase of Chryseobacterium meningosepticum CCUG4310 was overproduced in Escherichia coli by means of a T7 promoter-based expression system. The overproducing system, scaled up in a 15-liter fermentor, yielded approximately 10 mg of BlaB protein per liter, mostly released in the culture supernatant. The enzyme was purified by two ion-exchange chromatographic steps with an overall yield of 66%. Analysis of the kinetic parameters revealed efficient activities (k(cat)/K-m ratios of >10(6) M-1 s(-1)) toward most penam and carbapenem compounds, with the exception of the 6-alpha-methoxypenam derivative temocillin and of biapenem, which were poorer substrates. Hydrolysis of cephalosporins was overall less efficient, with a remarkable variability that was largely due to variable affinities of the BlaB enzyme for different compounds. BlaB was also able to hydrolyze serine-beta-lactamase inhibitors, including beta-iodopenicillanate, sulbactam and, although less efficiently, tazobactam. [less ▲]

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See detailCAU-1, a subclass B3 metallo-beta-lactamase of low substrate affinity encoded by an ortholog present in the Caulobacter crescentus chromosome
Docquier, J. D.; Pantanella, F.; Giuliani, F. et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2002), 46(6), 1823-1830

The sequenced chromosome of Caulobacter crescentus CB15 encodes a hypothetical protein that exhibits significant similarity (30 to 35% identical residues) to metallo-beta-lactamases of subclass B3. An ... [more ▼]

The sequenced chromosome of Caulobacter crescentus CB15 encodes a hypothetical protein that exhibits significant similarity (30 to 35% identical residues) to metallo-beta-lactamases of subclass B3. An allelic variant of this gene (divergent by 3% of its nucleotides) was cloned in Escherichia coli from C crescentus type strain DSM4727. Expression studies confirmed the metallo-p-lactamase activity of its product, CAU-1. The enzyme produced in E. coli was purified by two ion-exchange chromatography steps. CAU-1 contains a 29-kDa polypeptide with an alkaline isoelectric pH (>9), and unlike the L1 enzyme of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, the native form is monomeric. Kinetic analysis revealed a preferential activity toward penicillins, carbapenems, and narrow-spectrum cephalosporins, while oxyimino cephalosporins were poorly or not hydrolyzed. Affinities for the various beta-lactams were poor overall (K-m values were always >100 muM and often >400 muM). The interaction with divalent ion chelators appeared to occur by a mechanism similar to that prevailing in other members of subclass B3. In C. crescentus, the CAU-1 enzyme is produced independently of beta-lactam exposure and, interestingly, the bla(CAU) determinant is bracketed by three other genes, including two genes encoding enzymes involved in methionine biosynthesis and a gene encoding a putative transcriptional regulator, in an operon-like structure. The CAU-1 enzyme is the first example of a metallo-beta-lactamase in a member of the alpha subdivision of the class Proteobacteria. [less ▲]

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See detailMutational analysis of the two zinc-binding sites of the Bacillus cereus 569/H/9 metallo-beta-lactamase
De Seny, Dominique ULg; Prosperi, Christelle ULg; Bebrone, Carine ULg et al

in Biochemical Journal (2002), 363(Pt 3), 687-696

The metallo-beta-lactamase BcII from Bacillus cereus 569/H/9 possesses a binuclear zinc centre. The mono-zinc form of the enzyme displays an appreciably high activity. although full efficiency is observed ... [more ▼]

The metallo-beta-lactamase BcII from Bacillus cereus 569/H/9 possesses a binuclear zinc centre. The mono-zinc form of the enzyme displays an appreciably high activity. although full efficiency is observed for the di-zinc enzyme. In an attempt to assign the involvement of the different zinc ligands in the catalytic properties of BcII, individual substitutions of selected amino acids were generated. With the exception of His(116) --> Ser (H116S), C221A and C221S, the mono- and di-zinc forms of all the other mutants were poorly active. The activity of H116S decreases by a factor of 10 when compared with the wild type. The catalytic efficiency of C221A and C221S was zinc-dependent. The monozinc forms of these mutants exhibited a low activity, whereas the catalytic efficiency of their respective di-zinc forms was comparable with that of the wild type. Surprisingly, the zinc contents of the mutants and the wild-type Bell were similar. These data suggest that the affinity of the beta-lactamase for the metal was not affected by the substitution of the ligand. The pH-dependence of the H196S catalytic efficiency indicates that the zinc ions participate in the hydrolysis of the beta-lactam ring by acting as a Lewis acid. The zinc ions activate the catalytic water molecule, but also polarize the carbonyl bond of the beta-lactam ring and stabilize the development of a negative charge on the carbonyl oxygen of the tetrahedral reaction intermediate. Our studies also demonstrate that Asn(233) is not directly involved in the interaction with the substrates. [less ▲]

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