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See detailEvidence For Specific And Non-Covalent Binding Of Lipids To Natural And Recombinant Mycobacterium Bovis Bcg Hsp60 Proteins, And To The Escherichia Coli Homologue Groel
De Bruyn, J.; Soetaert, K.; Buyssens, P. et al

in Microbiology-Sgm (2000), 146

Heat-shock proteins (Hsps) from various origins are known to share a conserved structure and are assumed to be key partners in the biogenesis of proteins. Fractionation of the mycobacterial Hsp60, a 65 ... [more ▼]

Heat-shock proteins (Hsps) from various origins are known to share a conserved structure and are assumed to be key partners in the biogenesis of proteins. Fractionation of the mycobacterial Hsp60, a 65 kDa protein also called Cpn60, from Mycobacterium bovis BCG zinc-deficient culture filtrate on phenyl-Sepharose followed by Western blotting revealed the existence of four Hsp60-1 and Hsp60-2 forms, based on their hydrophobicity behaviour. Hsp60-2 species were further purified by ion-exchange chromatography and partial amino acid sequences of cyanogen bromide (CNBr) peptides of purified Hsp60-2 species showed identity with the amino acid sequence deduced from the hsp60-2 gene, indicating that the various Hsp60-2 forms are encoded by the same gene. In addition, the mycobacterial Hsp60-2 was overexpressed in E. coli using the pRR3Hsp60-2 plasmid and analysed on phenyl-Sepharose. The elution pattern of the recombinant Hsp60-2, as well as that of Escherichia coli GroEL, was similar to that of the native Hsp60-2 from the culture filtrate of M. bovis BCG and entirely different from that of the mycobacterial antigen 85. Extraction of mycobacterial Hsp60-2 forms, recombinant BCG Hsp60-2 and E. coli GroEL with organic solvents releases various amounts of non-covalently bound lipids. The presence of lipids on Hsp60-2 was confirmed by labelling M. bovis BCG with radioactive palmitate. The radioactivity was specifically associated with Hsp60 in the aqueous phase and the 19 and 38 kDa lipoproteins in the Triton X-114 phase. Analysis of the lipids extracted from purified Hsp60-2, recombinant BCG Hsp60-2 and E. coli GroEL by TLC showed the same pattern for all the samples. Acid methanolysis of the lipids followed by GC analysis led to the identification of C(16:0), C(18:0) and C(18:1) as the major fatty acyl constituents, and of methylglycoside in these proteins. Altogether, these data demonstrate that lipids are non-covalently bound to Hsp60-2 and homologous proteins. [less ▲]

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See detailOverexpression, purification and characterization of Mycobacterium bovis BCG alcohol dehydrogenase.
Wilkin, J. M.; Soetaert, K.; Stelandre, M. et al

in European Journal of Biochemistry (1999), 262(2), 299-307

A previous study of the effect of zinc deprivation on Mycobacterium bovis BCG pointed out the potential importance of an alcohol dehydrogenase for maintaining the hydrophobic character of the cell ... [more ▼]

A previous study of the effect of zinc deprivation on Mycobacterium bovis BCG pointed out the potential importance of an alcohol dehydrogenase for maintaining the hydrophobic character of the cell envelope. In this report, the effect of the overexpression of the M. bovis BCG alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) in Mycobacterium smegmatis and M. bovis BCG is described. The purification of the enzyme was performed to apparent homogeneity from overexpressing M. bovis BCG cells and its kinetic parameters were determined. The enzyme showed a strong preference for both aromatic and aliphatic aldehydes while the corresponding alcohols were processed 100-1000-fold less efficiently. The best kcat/Km values were found with benzaldehyde > 3-methoxybenzaldehyde > octanal > coniferaldehyde. A phylogenetic analysis clearly revealed that the M. bovis BCG ADH together with the ADHs from Bacillus subtilis and Helicobacter pylori formed a sister group of the class C medium-chain alcohol dehydrogenases, the plant cinnamyl alcohol dehydrogenases (CADs). Comparison of the kinetic properties of our ADH with some related class C enzymes indicated that the mycobacterial enzyme substrate profile resembled that of the CADs involved in plant defence rather than those implicated in lignification. A possible role for the M. bovis BCG ADH in the biosynthesis of the lipids composing the mycobacterial cell envelope is proposed. [less ▲]

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