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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 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 detailNew integrative method to generate Bacillus subtilis recombinant strains free of selection markers
Brans, Alain ULg; Filée, Patrice ULg; Chevigné, Andy ULg et al

in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2004), 70(12), 7241-7250

The novel method described in this paper combines the use of blaI, which encodes a repressor involved in Bacillus licheniformis BlaP beta-lactamase regulation, an antibiotic resistance gene, and a B ... [more ▼]

The novel method described in this paper combines the use of blaI, which encodes a repressor involved in Bacillus licheniformis BlaP beta-lactamase regulation, an antibiotic resistance gene, and a B. subtilis strain (BS1541) that is conditionally auxotrophic for lysine. We constructed a BlaI cassette containing blaI and the spectinomycin resistance genes and two short direct repeat DNA sequences, one at each extremity of the cassette. The BS1541 strain was obtained by replacing the B. subtilis P(lysA) promoter with that of the P(blaP) beta-lactamase promoter. In the resulting strain, the cloning of the blaI repressor gene confers lysine auxotrophy to BS1541. After integration of the BlaI cassette into the chromosome of a conditionally lys-auxotrophic (BS1541) strain by homologous recombination and positive selection for spectinomycin resistance, the eviction of the BlaI cassette was achieved by single crossover between the two short direct repeat sequences. This strategy was successfully used to inactivate a single gene and to introduce a gene of interest in the Bacillus chromosome. In both cases the resulting strains are free of selection marker. This allows the use of the BlaI cassette to repeatedly further modify the Bacillus chromosome. [less ▲]

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