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See detailEnergy Analysis on Small to Medium Sized H-Bonded Complexes
Dive, Georges ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg; Ghuysen, Jean-Marie ULg

in Theoretica Chimica Acta (1993), 85(6), 409-421

Dimers (water-methanol, guanine-cytosine) as well as trimers (methanol-water-imidazole, formamide-methylformate-formamide), are studied as H-bonded complexes of increasing complexity. All the investigated ... [more ▼]

Dimers (water-methanol, guanine-cytosine) as well as trimers (methanol-water-imidazole, formamide-methylformate-formamide), are studied as H-bonded complexes of increasing complexity. All the investigated conformations have been fully optimized. In particular, it is the first time that all the intra- and intermolecular parameters of the guanine-cytosine complex are left variable. In minimal basis sets, the planar conformation has been found to be a first-order critical point. The minimal basis set MINI-1 has been adapted to provide nearly planar amides. The stability of the complexes is accounted for by four energy components of the same order: the first-order term (electrostatic + exchange), the polarization, the charge transfer and the correlation terms. In the case of the studied trimers, the energy components, apart from the electrostatic one, have been found to be nearly additive. [less ▲]

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See detailSequence of a gene encoding a (poly ManA) alginate lyase active on Pseudomonas aeruginosa alginate
Malissard, Martine; Duez, Colette ULg; Guinand, Micheline et al

in FEMS Microbiology Letters (1993), 110(1), 101-106

The recombinant plasmid pAL-A3 bears a (poly ManA) alginate lyase-encoding gene that originates from the marine bacterium ATCC 433367 (Brown et al., Appl. Environ. Microbiol. (1991) 57, 1870-1872). The ... [more ▼]

The recombinant plasmid pAL-A3 bears a (poly ManA) alginate lyase-encoding gene that originates from the marine bacterium ATCC 433367 (Brown et al., Appl. Environ. Microbiol. (1991) 57, 1870-1872). The alginate lyase produced by Escherichia coli TC4 harbouring pAL-A3 was purified to protein homogeneity and the corresponding gene sequenced, giving access to the first known primary structure of an alginate lyase. The 265-amino acid residue alginate lyase showed lytic activity on a Pseudomonas aeruginosa alginate isolated from a cystic fibrosis patient. Unexpectedly, the alginate lyase thus characterized differed from that isolated from the culture medium of the bacterium ATCC 433367 (Romeo and Preston, Biochemistry (1986) 25, 8385-8391). [less ▲]

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See detailPolarization-corrected electrostatic potentials of aromatic compounds
Dehareng, Dominique ULg; Dive, Georges ULg; Ghuysen, Jean-Marie ULg

in Journal of the American Chemical Society (1993), 115(15), 6877-6882

The electrostatic potentials (EPS) corrected for polarization (TPS) of the aromatic compounds benzene, aniline, chlorobenzene, nitrobenzene, phenol, benzamide, and N-phenylacetamide have been calculated ... [more ▼]

The electrostatic potentials (EPS) corrected for polarization (TPS) of the aromatic compounds benzene, aniline, chlorobenzene, nitrobenzene, phenol, benzamide, and N-phenylacetamide have been calculated at the ab initio SCF level within three basis sets: 6-31G**, MINI-1, and STO-3G. For chlorobenzene in its MINI-1-optimized geometry, the calculation was also performed within MINI-1**. By reference to 6-31G**, the MINI-1-computed EP is much more satisfactory than the STO-3G-computed EP, whereas the MINI-I and STO-3G basis sets give very similar total potentials corrected for polarization (TPs). The MINI-1** basis set appears to be miscalibrated for computing EPs. It provides qualitative results that differ from those obtained with the 6-31G** basis set. The EP has a negative well above the middle of the benzene ring, while the TP exhibits a negative crown just above the benzene carbon atoms, where electrophilic attack takes place. The TP calculated for the interaction of nitrobenzene with a hydride ion instead of a proton allowed analyzation of the effects of polarization on the positive EP above the N-C bond. [less ▲]

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See detailSecretion by Overexpression and Purification of the Water-Soluble Streptomyces K15 Dd-Transpeptidase/Penicillin-Binding Protein
Palomeque-Messia, Pilar; Quittre, Valérie; Leyh-Bouille, Mélina et al

in Biochemical Journal (1992), 288(1), 87-91

Though synthesized with a cleavable signal peptide and devoid of membrane anchors, the 262-amino-acid-residue Streptomyces K15 DD-transpeptidase/penicillin-binding protein is membrane-bound ... [more ▼]

Though synthesized with a cleavable signal peptide and devoid of membrane anchors, the 262-amino-acid-residue Streptomyces K15 DD-transpeptidase/penicillin-binding protein is membrane-bound. Overexpression in Streptomyces lividans resulted in the export of an appreciable amount of the synthesized protein (4 mg/litre of culture supernatant). The water-soluble enzyme was purified close to protein homogeneity with a yield of 75%. It requires the presence of 0.5 M-NaCl to remain soluble. It is indistinguishable from the detergent-extract wild-type enzyme with respect to molecular mass, thermostability, transpeptidase activity and penicillin-binding capacity. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure, function, and fate of the BlaR signal transducer involved in induction of β-lactamase in Bacillus licheniformis
Zhu, Yingfang; Englebert, Serge; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

in Journal of Bacteriology (1992), 174(19), 6171-6178

The membrane-spanning protein BlaR is essential for the induction of beta-lactamase in Bacillus licheniformis. Its nature and location were confirmed by the use of an antiserum specific for its carboxy ... [more ▼]

The membrane-spanning protein BlaR is essential for the induction of beta-lactamase in Bacillus licheniformis. Its nature and location were confirmed by the use of an antiserum specific for its carboxy-terminal penicillin sensor, its function was studied by genetic dissection, and the structure of the penicillin sensor was derived from hydrophobic cluster analysis of the amino acid sequence by using, as a reference, the class A beta-lactamases with known three-dimensional structures. During the first 2 h after the addition of the beta-lactam inducer, full-size BlaR, bound to the plasma membrane, is produced, and then beta-lactamase is produced. By 2 h after induction, BlaR is present in various (membrane-bound and cytosolic) forms, and there is a gradual decrease in beta-lactamase production. The penicillin sensors of BlaR and the class D beta-lactamases show strong similarities in primary structures. They appear to have the same basic spatial disposition of secondary structures as that of the class A beta-lactamases, except that they lack several alpha helices and, therefore, have a partially uncovered five-stranded beta sheet and a more readily accessible active site. Alterations of BlaR affecting conserved secondary structures of the penicillin sensor and specific sites of the transducer annihilate beta-lactamase inducibility. [less ▲]

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See detailSite-Directed Mutagenesis of the Streptomyces R61 Dd-Peptidase. Catalytic Function of the Conserved Residues around the Active Site and a Comparison with Class-a and Class-C Beta-Lactamases
Hadonou, Ayaovi Medard; Wilkin, Jean-Marc; Varetto, Louis ULg et al

in European Journal of Biochemistry (1992), 207(1), 97-102

The importance of various residues in the Streptomyces R61 penicillin-sensitive DD-peptidase has been assessed by site-directed mutagenesis. The replacement of the active Ser62 by a Cys residue yielded an ... [more ▼]

The importance of various residues in the Streptomyces R61 penicillin-sensitive DD-peptidase has been assessed by site-directed mutagenesis. The replacement of the active Ser62 by a Cys residue yielded an inactive protein which was also unable to recognize penicillin. The activity of the Lys65 → Arg mutant with the peptide and thiol ester substrates was decreased 100-200-fold and the rate of penicillin inactivation was decreased 20 000-fold or more. The mutant thus behaved as a poor, but penicillin-resistant, DD-peptidase. The other studied mutations, the mutations Phe358 → Leu, Tyr90 → Asn, Thr101 → Asn, Phe164 → Ala, Asp225 → Glu and Asp225 → Asn had little influence on the catalytic and penicillin-binding properties. The Asp225 mutants did not exhibit an increased sensitivity to cefotaxime. The Phe164 → Ala mutant was significantly more unstable than the wild-type enzyme. [less ▲]

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See detailPoint Mutations of Two Arginine Residues in the Streptomyces R61 Dd-Peptidase
Bourguignon-Bellefroid, Catherine; Joris, Bernard ULg; Van Beeumen, Jacques et al

in Biochemical Journal (1992), 283(1), 123-128

Incubation of the exocellular DD-carboxypeptidase/transpeptidase of Streptomyces R61 with phenylglyoxal resulted in a time-dependent decrease in the enzyme activity. This inactivation was demonstrated to ... [more ▼]

Incubation of the exocellular DD-carboxypeptidase/transpeptidase of Streptomyces R61 with phenylglyoxal resulted in a time-dependent decrease in the enzyme activity. This inactivation was demonstrated to be due to modification of the Arg-99 side chain. In consequence, the role of that residue was investigated by site-directed mutagenesis. Mutation of Arg-99 into leucine appeared to be highly detrimental to enzyme stability, reflecting a determining structural role for this residue. The conserved Arg-103 residue was also substituted by using site-directed mutagenesis. The modification to a serine residue yielded a stable enzyme, the catalytic properties of which were similar to those of the wild-type enzyme. Thus Arg-103, although strictly conserved or replaced by a lysine residue in most of the active-site penicillin-recognizing proteins, did not appear to fulfil any essential role in either the enzyme activity or structure. [less ▲]

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See detailModular Design of the Enterococcus Hirae Muramidase-2 and Streptococcus Faecalis Autolysin
Joris, Bernard ULg; Englebert, Serge; Chu, Chien-Peng et al

in FEMS Microbiology Letters (1992), 91(3), 257-264

The mature forms of the extracellular muramidase-2 of Enterococcus hirae and Streptococcus faecalis autolysin have very similar primary structures. Each consists of an active-site-containing N-terminal ... [more ▼]

The mature forms of the extracellular muramidase-2 of Enterococcus hirae and Streptococcus faecalis autolysin have very similar primary structures. Each consists of an active-site-containing N-terminal domain fused to a multiple-repeat C-terminal domain. Polypeptide segments occurring at equivalent places in these two bacterial wall lytic enzymes have homologues in two phage lysozymes and in three functionally unrelated proteins, illustrating the principle that protein molecules frequently are constructed from modules that are linked in a single polypeptide chain. [less ▲]

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See detailPrimary and Predicted Secondary Structures of the Actinomadura R39 Extracellular DD-Peptidase, a Penicillin-Binding Protein (PBP) Related to the Escherichia coli PBP4
Granier, Benoît; Duez, Colette ULg; Englebert, Serge et al

in Biochemical Journal (1992), 282(Pt 3), 781-788

As derived from gene cloning and sequencing, the 489-amino-acid DD-peptidase/penicillin-binding protein (PBP) produced by Actinomadura R39 has a primary structure very similar to that of the Escherichia ... [more ▼]

As derived from gene cloning and sequencing, the 489-amino-acid DD-peptidase/penicillin-binding protein (PBP) produced by Actinomadura R39 has a primary structure very similar to that of the Escherichia coli PBP4 [Mottl, Terpstra & Keck (1991) FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 78, 213-220]. Hydrophobic-cluster analysis of the two proteins shows that, providing that a large 174-amino-acid stretch is excluded from the analysis, the bulk of the two polypeptide chains possesses homologues of the active-site motifs and secondary structures found in the class A β-lactamase of Streptomyces albus G of known three-dimensional structure. The 74-amino-acid insert occurs at equivalent places in the two PBPs, between helices α2 and α3, away from the active site. Such an insert is unique among the penicilloyl serine transferases. It is proposed that the Actinomadura R39 PBP and E. coli PBP4 form a special class, class C, of low-Mr PBPs/DD-peptidases. A vector has been constructed and introduced by electrotransformation in the original Actinomadura R39 strain, allowing high-level expression and secretion of the DD-peptidase/PBP (250 mg . 1-1). The gene encoding the desired protein is processed differently in Actinomadura R39 and Streptomyces lividans. Incorrect processing in Streptomyces lividans leads to a secreted protein which is inert in terms of DD-peptidase activity and penicillin-binding capacity. [less ▲]

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See detailCloning and nucleotide sequence of the gene encoding the γ-D-glutamyl-L-diamino acid endopeptidase II of Bacillus sphaericus
Hourdou, Marie-Laure; Duez, Colette ULg; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

in FEMS Microbiology Letters (1992), 91(2), 165-170

The gene encoding the Bacillus sphaericus gamma-D-glutamyl-L-diamino acid endopeptidase II, a cytoplasmic enzyme involved in cell sporulation [1], contains the information for a 271-amino acid protein ... [more ▼]

The gene encoding the Bacillus sphaericus gamma-D-glutamyl-L-diamino acid endopeptidase II, a cytoplasmic enzyme involved in cell sporulation [1], contains the information for a 271-amino acid protein devoid of a signal peptide. The endopeptidase lacks sequence relatedness with other proteins of known primary structure except that its C-terminal region has significant similarity with the C-terminal region of the 54-kDa P54 protein of Enterococcus faecium, of unknown function [2]. [less ▲]

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See detailImportance of the Two Tryptophan Residues in the Streptomyces R61 Exocellular Dd-Peptidase
Bourguignon-Bellefroid, Catherine; Wilkin, Jean-Marc; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

in Biochemical Journal (1992), 282(Pt 2), 361-367

Modification of the Streptomyces R61 DD-peptidase by N-bromosuccinimide resulted in a rapid loss of enzyme activity. In consequence, the role of the enzyme's two tryptophan residues was investigated by ... [more ▼]

Modification of the Streptomyces R61 DD-peptidase by N-bromosuccinimide resulted in a rapid loss of enzyme activity. In consequence, the role of the enzyme's two tryptophan residues was investigated by site-directed mutagenesis. Trp271 was replaced by Leu. The modification yielded a stable enzyme whose structural and catalytic properties were similar to those of the wild-type protein. Thus the Trp271 residue, though almost invariant among the beta-lactamases of classes A and C and the low-Mr penicillin-binding proteins, did not appear to be essential for enzyme activity. Mutations of the Trp233 into Leu and Ser strongly decreased the enzymic activity, the affinity for beta-lactams and the protein stability. Surprisingly, the benzylpenicilloyl-(W233L)enzyme deacylated at least 300-fold more quickly than the corresponding acyl-enzyme formed with the wild-type protein and gave rise to benzylpenicilloate instead of phenylacetylglycine. This mutant DD-peptidase thus behaved as a weak beta-lactamase. [less ▲]

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See detailImportance of the His-298 Residue in the Catalytic Mechanism of the Streptomyces R61 Extracellular Dd-Peptidase
Hadonou, Ayaovi M.; Jamin, Marc; Adam, Maggy et al

in Biochemical Journal (1992), 282(Pt 2), 495-500

Among the active-site-serine penicillin-recognizing proteins, the Streptomyces R61 extracellular DD-peptidase is the only one to have a His-Thr-Gly sequence [instead of Lys-Thr(Ser)-Gly] in 'box' VII. The ... [more ▼]

Among the active-site-serine penicillin-recognizing proteins, the Streptomyces R61 extracellular DD-peptidase is the only one to have a His-Thr-Gly sequence [instead of Lys-Thr(Ser)-Gly] in 'box' VII. The His residue was replaced by Gln or Lys. Both mutations induced a marked decrease in the rates of both tripeptide substrate hydrolysis and acylation by benzylpenicillin and cephalosporin C. The rate of hydrolysis of the thioester hippuryl thioglycollate was less affected. The most striking result was the disproportionate loss of transpeptidation properties by both mutants, indicating an important role of His-298 in this reaction. We believe that this result represents the first modification of a DD-peptidase leading to a specific decrease of the transpeptidation-to-hydrolysis ratio. [less ▲]

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See detailStreptomyces albus G serine β-lactamase. Probing of the catalytic mechanism via molecular modelling of mutant enzymes
Lamotte-Brasseur, Josette; Jacob-Dubuisson, Françoise; Dive, Georges ULg et al

in Biochemical Journal (1992), 282(Pt 1), 189-195

In previous studies, several amino acids of the active site of class A , β-lactamases have been modified by site-directed mutagenesis. On the basis of the catalytic mechanism proposed for the Streptomyces ... [more ▼]

In previous studies, several amino acids of the active site of class A , β-lactamases have been modified by site-directed mutagenesis. On the basis of the catalytic mechanism proposed for the Streptomyces albus G , β-lactamase [Lamotte- Brasseur, Dive, Dideberg, Charlier, Frere & Ghuysen (1991) Biochem. J. 279, 213-221], the influence that these mutations exert on the hydrogen-bonding network of the active site has been analysed by molecular mechanics. The results satisfactorily explain the effects of the mutations on the kinetic parameters of the enzyme's activity towards a set of substrates. The present study also shows that, upon binding a properly structured ,β-lactam compound, the impaired cavity of a mutant enzyme can readopt a functional hydrogen-bonding-network configuration. [less ▲]

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See detailEnergy hypersurface local properties of the O2HF-1 rearrangement
Dive, Georges ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg; Culot, Patrick et al

in Chemical Physics Letters (1992), 195(2-3), 189-193

This work analyses a case where Murrell's proposal, stating that a second-order point must lie above a first-order one, is apparently violated. Study at the SCF-UMP2 level within the D95 + + basis set, of ... [more ▼]

This work analyses a case where Murrell's proposal, stating that a second-order point must lie above a first-order one, is apparently violated. Study at the SCF-UMP2 level within the D95 + + basis set, of one critical point of the O2HF- anion, previously proposed to be of order two by Lopez, shows the importance of the electronic correlation. The critical point associated with the (2)PI first-order ones. The present analysis reveals that this contradistinction can be explained by three unconsidered elements: the local symmetry, the electronic correlation and the internal variables description. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of the Counterpoise Correction on the Optimized Relativi Degrees of Freedom in the H-Bonded Complex Water-Formamide
Dehareng, Dominique ULg; Dive, Georges ULg; Ghuysen, Jean-Marie ULg

in Theoretica Chimica Acta (1992), 81(4-5), 281-290

The correction of the basis set superposition error by the counterpoise method has been investigated at the SCF level for the weak H-bonded water-formamide complex and the results have been compared with ... [more ▼]

The correction of the basis set superposition error by the counterpoise method has been investigated at the SCF level for the weak H-bonded water-formamide complex and the results have been compared with the uncorrected results at the SCF, post SCF and semi-empirical AM1 and MNDO levels. Our particular concern has been the determination of the three optimized relative degrees of freedom and the relative stability of three C(s) geometrical conformations. The conclusions are that the counterpoise correction weakly conditions the variation in the degrees of freedom and the relative stabilities of the three conformers. The correction is obviously inadequate to describe intramolecular deformation. [less ▲]

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See detailA quasi-Newton algorithm for first-odrer saddle-point location
Culot, Patrick; Dive, Georges ULg; Nguyen, Van Hen et al

in Theoretica Chimica Acta (1992), 82

A new algorithm for the location of a transition-state structure on an energy hypersurface is proposed. The method is compared to three other quasi-Newton step calculations available in literature ... [more ▼]

A new algorithm for the location of a transition-state structure on an energy hypersurface is proposed. The method is compared to three other quasi-Newton step calculations available in literature. Numerical results derived from several examples are compared to those obtained by the two algorithms implemented in the Gaussian package. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Enterococcus Hirae R40 Penicillin-Binding Protein 5 and the Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Penicillin-Binding Protein 2' Are Similar
el Kharroubi, Aboubaker; Jacques, Philippe; Piras, Graziella et al

in Biochemical Journal (1991), 280(Pt 2), 463-469

The penicillin-resistant Enterococcus hirae R40 has a typical profile of membrane-bound penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) except that the 71 kDa PBP5 of low penicillin affinity represents about 50% of ... [more ▼]

The penicillin-resistant Enterococcus hirae R40 has a typical profile of membrane-bound penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) except that the 71 kDa PBP5 of low penicillin affinity represents about 50% of all the PBPs present. Water-soluble tryptic-digest peptides were selectively produced from PBP5, their N-terminal regions were sequenced and synthetic oligonucleotides were used as primers to generate a 476 bp DNA fragment by polymerase chain reaction. On the basis of these data, the PBP5-encoding gene was cloned in Escherichia coli by using pBR322 as vector. The gene, included in a 7.1 kb insert, had the information for a 678-amino acid-residue protein. PBP5 shows similarity, in the primary structure, with the high-molecular-mass PBPs of class B. In particular, amino acid alignment of the enterococcal PBP5 and the methicillin-resistant staphylococcal PBP2' generates scores that are 30, for the N-terminal domains, and 53, for the C-terminal domains, standard deviations above that expected for a run of 20 randomized pairs of proteins having the same amino acid compositions as the two proteins under consideration. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of the Sequences of Class a β-lactamase and of the Secondary Structure Elements of Penicillin-Recognizing Proteins
Joris, Bernard ULg; Ledent, P.; Dideberg, O. et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (1991), 35(11), 2294-2301

The sequences of class A beta-lactamases were compared. Four main groups of enzymes were distinguished: those from the gram-negative organisms and bacilli and two distinct groups of Streptomyces spp. The ... [more ▼]

The sequences of class A beta-lactamases were compared. Four main groups of enzymes were distinguished: those from the gram-negative organisms and bacilli and two distinct groups of Streptomyces spp. The Staphylococcus aureus PC1 enzyme, although somewhat closer to the enzyme from the Bacillus group, did not belong to any of the groups of beta-lactamases. The similarities between the secondary structure elements of these enzymes and those of the class C beta-lactamases and of the Streptomyces sp. strain R61 DD-peptidase were also analyzed and tentatively extended to the class D beta-lactamases. A unified nomenclature of secondary structure elements is proposed for all the penicillin-recognizing enzymes. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanism of acyl transfer by the class A serine β-lactamase of Streptomyces albus G
Lamotte-Brasseur, Josette; Dive, Georges ULg; Dideberg, Otto et al

in Biochemical Journal (1991), 279(Pt 1), 213-221

Optimization by energy minimization of stable complexes occurring along the pathway of hydrolysis of benzylpenicillin and cephalosporin C by the Streptomyces albus G beta-lactamase has highlighted a ... [more ▼]

Optimization by energy minimization of stable complexes occurring along the pathway of hydrolysis of benzylpenicillin and cephalosporin C by the Streptomyces albus G beta-lactamase has highlighted a proton shuttle that may explain the catalytic mechanism of the beta-lactamases of class A. Five residues, S70, S130, N132, T235 and A237, are involved in ligand binding. The gamma-OH group of T235 and, in the case of benzylpenicillin, the gamma-OH group of S130 interact with the carboxylate group, on one side of the ligand molecule. The side-chain NH2 group of N132 and the carbonyl backbone of A237 interact with the exocyclic CONH amide bond, on the other side of the ligand. The backbone NH groups of S70 and A237 polarize the carbonyl group of the scissile beta-lactam amide bond. Four residues, S70, K73, S130 and E166, and two water molecules, W1 and W2, perform hydrolysis of the bound beta-lactam compound. E166, via W1, abstracts the proton from the gamma-OH group of S70. While losing its proton, the O-gamma atom of S70 attacks the carbonyl carbon atom of the beta-lactam ring and, concomitantly, the proton is delivered back to the adjacent nitrogen atom via W2, K73 and S130, thus achieving formation of the acyl-enzyme. Subsequently, E166 abstracts a proton from W1. While losing its proton, W1 attacks the carbonyl carbon atom of the S70 ester-linked acyl-enzyme and, concomitantly, re-entry of a water molecule W'1 replacing W1 allows E166 to deliver the proton back to the same carbonyl carbon atom, thus achieving hydrolysis of the beta-lactam compound and enzyme recovery. The model well explains the differences found in the kcat. values for hydrolysis of benzylpenicillin and cephalosporin C by the Streptomyces albus G beta-lactamase. It also explains the effects caused by site-directed mutagenesis of the Bacillus cereus beta-lactamase I [Gibson, Christensen [less ▲]

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See detailAmino Acid Sequence of the Penicillin-Binding Protein/DD-Peptidase of Streptomyces K15. Predicted Secondary Structures of the Low Mr Penicillin-Binding Proteins of Class A
Palomeque-Messia, Pilar; Englebert, Serge; Leyh-Bouille, Melina et al

in Biochemical Journal (1991), 279(Pt 1), 223-230

The low-Mr penicillin-binding protein (PBP)/DD-transpeptidase of Streptomyces K15 is synthesized in the form of a 291-amino acid-residue precursor possessing a cleavable 29-amino acid-residue signal ... [more ▼]

The low-Mr penicillin-binding protein (PBP)/DD-transpeptidase of Streptomyces K15 is synthesized in the form of a 291-amino acid-residue precursor possessing a cleavable 29-amino acid-residue signal peptide. Sequence-similarity searches and hydrophobic-cluster analysis show that the Streptomyces K15 enzyme, the Escherichia coli PBPs/DD-carboxy-peptidases 5 and 6, the Bacillus subtilis PBP/DD-carboxypeptidase 5 and the spoIIA product (a putative PBP involved in the sporulation of B. subtilis) are structurally related and form a distinct class A of low-Mr PBPs/DD-peptidases. The distribution of the hydrophobic clusters along the amino acid sequences also shows that the Streptomyces K15 PBP, and by extension the other PBPs of class A, have similarity in the polypeptide folding, with the beta-lactamases of class A, with as reference the Streptomyces albus G and Staphylococcus aureus beta-lactamases of known three-dimensional structure. This comparison allows one to predict most of the secondary structures in the PBPs and the amino acid motifs that define the enzyme active sites. [less ▲]

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