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See detailAllosteric inhibition of VIM metallo-beta-lactamase by a camelid nanobody
Sohier, Jean ULg; Laurent, Clémentine ULg; Chevigné, Andy et al

in Biochemical Journal (2013), 450(3), 477-486

Metallo-β-lactamase (MβL) enzymes are usually produced by multiresistant Gram-negative bacterial strains and have spread worldwide. An approach based on phage display was employed to select single-domain ... [more ▼]

Metallo-β-lactamase (MβL) enzymes are usually produced by multiresistant Gram-negative bacterial strains and have spread worldwide. An approach based on phage display was employed to select single-domain antibody fragments (VHHs also called Nanobodies) that would inhibit the clinically relevant VIM-4 MβL. Out of more than 50 selected nanobodies, only the NbVIM_38 nanobody inhibited VIM-4. The paratope, inhibition mechanism and epitope of NbVIM_38 nanobody were then characterised. An alanine scan of the NbVIM_38 paratope showed that its binding was driven by hydrophobic amino acids. The inhibitory concentration was in the µM range for all tested β-lactams. In addition, the inhibition was found to follow a mixed hyperbolic profile with a predominantly uncompetitive component. Moreover, substrate inhibition was recorded only after nanobody binding. These kinetic data are indicative of a binding site that is distant from the active site. This finding was confirmed by epitope mapping analysis that was performed using peptides, and which identified two stretches of amino acids in the L6 loop and at the end of the alpha2 helix. Because this binding site is distant from the active site and alters both the substrate binding and catalytic properties of VIM-4, this nanobody can be considered as an allosteric inhibitor. [less ▲]

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See detailBiochemical and Structural studies of the type I tagatose bisphosphate aldolases
Freichels, Régine ULg; Guarino, Carla; Delmarcelle, Michaël ULg et al

Poster (2013, February 26)

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See detailNovel organic solvent-tolerant esterase isolated by metagenomics: insights into the lipase/esterase classification
Berlemont, Renaud; Spee, Olivier; Delsaute, Maud et al

in Revista Argentina de Microbiologia (2013), (45), 3-12

in order to isolate novel organic solvent-tolerant (oSt) lipases, a metagenomic library was built using dna derived from a temperate forest soil sample. a two-step activity-based screening allowed the ... [more ▼]

in order to isolate novel organic solvent-tolerant (oSt) lipases, a metagenomic library was built using dna derived from a temperate forest soil sample. a two-step activity-based screening allowed the isolation of a lipolytic clone active in the presence of organic solvents. Sequencing of the plasmid pRBest recovered from the positive clone revealed the presence of a putative lipase/esterase encoding gene. the deduced amino acid sequence (RBest1) contains the conserved lipolytic enzyme signature and is related to the previously described oSt lipase from Lysinibacillus sphaericus 205y, which is the sole studied prokaryotic enzyme belonging to the 4.4 a/b hydrolase subgroup (abh04.04). Both in vivo and in vitro studies of the substrate specificity of RBest1, using triacylglycerols or nitrophenyl-esters, respectively, revealed that the enzyme is highly specific for butyrate (c4) compounds, behaving as an esterase rather than a lipase. the RBest1 esterase was purified and biochemically characterized. the optimal esterase activity was observed at ph 6.5 and at temperatures ranging from 38 to 45 °c. enzymatic activity, determined by hydrolysis of p‐nitrophenyl esters, was found to be affected by the presence of different miscible and non-miscible organic solvents, and salts. noteworthy, RBest1 remains significantly active at high ionic strength. these findings suggest that RBest1 possesses the ability of oSt enzymes to molecular adaptation in the presence of organic compounds and resistance of halophilic proteins. [less ▲]

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See detailThe proline-rich motif of the proDer p 3 allergen propeptide is crucial for protease-protease interaction.
Dumez, Marie-Eve ULg; Herman, Julie; Campisi, Vincenzo ULg et al

in PloS one (2013), 8(9), 68014

The majority of proteases are synthesized in an inactive form, termed zymogen, which consists of a propeptide and a protease domain. The propeptide is commonly involved in the correct folding and specific ... [more ▼]

The majority of proteases are synthesized in an inactive form, termed zymogen, which consists of a propeptide and a protease domain. The propeptide is commonly involved in the correct folding and specific inhibition of the enzyme. The propeptide of the house dust mite allergen Der p 3, NPILPASPNAT, contains a proline-rich motif (PRM), which is unusual for a trypsin-like protease. By truncating the propeptide or replacing one or all of the prolines in the non-glycosylated zymogen with alanine(s), we demonstrated that the full-length propeptide is not required for correct folding and thermal stability and that the PRM is important for the resistance of proDer p 3 to undesired proteolysis when the protein is expressed in Pichia pastoris. Additionally, we followed the maturation time course of proDer p 3 by coupling a quenched-flow assay to mass spectrometry analysis. This approach allowed to monitor the evolution of the different species and to determine the steady-state kinetic parameters for activation of the zymogen by the major allergen Der p 1. This experiment demonstrated that prolines 5 and 8 are crucial for proDer p 3-Der p 1 interaction and for activation of the zymogen. [less ▲]

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See detailKinetic and crystallographic studies of extended-spectrum GES-11, GES-12, and GES-14 β-lactamases.
Delbrück, Heinrich; Bogaerts, Pierre; Kupper, Michaël et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2012), 56(11)

GES-1 is a class A extended-spectrum β-lactamase conferring resistance to penicillins, narrow- and expanded-spectrum cephalosporins, and ceftazidime. However, GES-1 poorly hydrolyzes aztreonam and ... [more ▼]

GES-1 is a class A extended-spectrum β-lactamase conferring resistance to penicillins, narrow- and expanded-spectrum cephalosporins, and ceftazidime. However, GES-1 poorly hydrolyzes aztreonam and cephamycins and exhibits very low k(cat) values for carbapenems. Twenty-two GES variants have been discovered thus far, differing from each other by 1 to 3 amino acid substitutions that affect substrate specificity. GES-11 possesses a Gly243Ala substitution which seems to confer to this variant an increased activity against aztreonam and ceftazidime. GES-12 differs from GES-11 by a single Thr237Ala substitution, while GES-14 differs from GES-11 by the Gly170Ser mutation, which is known to confer increased carbapenemase activity. GES-11 and GES-12 were kinetically characterized and compared to GES-1 and GES-14. Purified GES-11 and GES-12 showed strong activities against most tested β-lactams, with the exception of temocillin, cefoxitin, and carbapenems. Both variants showed a significantly increased rate of hydrolysis of cefotaxime, ceftazidime, and aztreonam. On the other hand, GES-11 and GES-12 (and GES-14) variants all containing Ala243 exhibited increased susceptibility to classical inhibitors. The crystallographic structures of the GES-11 and GES-14 β-lactamases were solved. The overall structures of GES-11 and GES-14 are similar to that of GES-1. The Gly243Ala substitution caused only subtle local rearrangements, notably in the typical carbapenemase disulfide bond. The active sites of GES-14 and GES-11 are very similar, with the Gly170Ser substitution leading only to the formation of additional hydrogen bonds of the Ser residue with hydrolytic water and the Glu166 residue. [less ▲]

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See detailThe CphAII protein from Aquifex aeolicus exhibits a metal-dependent phosphodiesterase activity
Kupper, Michaël; Bauvois, Cédric; Frère, Jean-Marie ULg et al

in Extremophiles : Life Under Extreme Conditions (2012), 16(1)

The CphAII protein from the hyperthermophile Aquifex aeolicus shows the five conserved motifs of the metallo-β-lactamase (MBL) superfamily and presents 28% identity with the Aeromonas hydrophila subclass ... [more ▼]

The CphAII protein from the hyperthermophile Aquifex aeolicus shows the five conserved motifs of the metallo-β-lactamase (MBL) superfamily and presents 28% identity with the Aeromonas hydrophila subclass B2 CphA MBL. The gene encoding CphAII was amplified by PCR from the A. aeolicus genomic DNA and overexpressed in Escherichia coli using a pLex-based expression system. The recombinant CphAII protein was purified by a combination of heating (to denature E. coli proteins) and two steps of immobilized metal affinity chromatography. The purified enzyme preparation did not exhibit a β-lactamase activity but showed a metal-dependent phosphodiesterase activity versus bis-p-nitrophenyl phosphate and thymidine 5'-monophosphate p-nitrophenyl ester, with an optimum at 85°C. The circular dichroism spectrum was in agreement with the percentage of secondary structures characteristic of the MBL αββα fold. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel fragments of clavulanate observed in the structure of the class A b-lactamase from Bacillus licheniformis BS3
Power, Pablo; Mercuri, Paola ULg; Herman, Raphaël ULg et al

in Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (2012), 67(10), 2379-2387

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See detailCellulase involvement in the bacterial cellulose biosynthesis
Delsaute, Maud ULg; Berlemont, Renaud ULg; Bauvois, Cédric et al

Poster (2012)

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See detailOXA-198, an acquired carbapenem-hydrolyzing class D beta-lactamase from Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
El Garch, Farid; Bogaerts, Pierre; Bebrone, Carine ULg et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2011), 55(10)

A carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain (PA41437) susceptible to expanded-spectrum cephalosporins was recovered from several consecutive lower-respiratory-tract specimens of a patient who ... [more ▼]

A carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain (PA41437) susceptible to expanded-spectrum cephalosporins was recovered from several consecutive lower-respiratory-tract specimens of a patient who developed a ventilator-associated pneumonia while hospitalized in an intensive care unit. Cloning experiments identified OXA-198, a new class D β-lactamase which was weakly related (less than 45% amino acid identity) to other class D β-lactamases. Expression in Escherichia coli TOP10 and in P. aeruginosa PAO1 led to transformants that were resistant to ticarcillin and showed reduced susceptibility to carbapenems and cefepime. The bla(OXA-198) gene was harbored by a class 1 integron carried by a ca. 46-kb nontypeable plasmid. This study describes a novel class D β-lactamase involved in carbapenem resistance in P. aeruginosa. [less ▲]

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