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See detailDer p 1 is the primary activator of Der p 3, Der p 6 and Der p 9 the proteolytic allergens produced by the house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus
Herman, Julie ULg; Thelen, Nicolas ULg; Smargiasso, Nicolas ULg et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - General Subjects (2013), 1840

Background: The enzymatic activity of the four proteases found in the house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus is involved in the pathogenesis of allergy. Our aim was to elucidate the activation ... [more ▼]

Background: The enzymatic activity of the four proteases found in the house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus is involved in the pathogenesis of allergy. Our aim was to elucidate the activation cascade of their corresponding precursor forms and particularly to highlight the interconnection between proteases during this cascade. Methods: The cleavage of the four peptides corresponding to the mite zymogen activation sites was studied on the basis of the Förster Resonance Energy Transfermethod. The proDer p 6 zymogen was then produced in Pichia pastoris to elucidate its activation mechanismbymite proteases, especially Der p 1. The role of the propeptide in the inhibition of the enzymatic activity of Der p 6 was also examined. Finally, the Der p 1 and Der p 6 proteases were localised via immunolocalisation in D. pteronyssinus. Results: All peptides were specifically cleaved by Der p 1, such as proDer p 6. The propeptide of proDer p 6 inhibited the proteolytic activity of Der p 6, but once cleaved, it was degraded by the protease. The Der p 1 and Der p 6 proteases were both localised to the midgut of the mite. Conclusions: Der p 1 in either its recombinant formor in the natural context of house dustmite extracts specifically cleaves all zymogens, thus establishing its role as a major activator of both mite cysteine and serine proteases. General significance: This finding suggests that Der p 1 may be valuable target against mites. [less ▲]

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See detailClass A β -Lactamases as Versatile Scaffolds to Create Hybrid Enzymes: Applications from Basic Research to Medicine
Huynen, Céline ULg; Filée, Patrice; Matagne, André ULg et al

in BioMed Research International (2013), 2013

Designing hybrid proteins is a major aspect of protein engineering and covers a very wide range of applications frombasic research to medical applications. This review focuses on the use of class A 𝛽 ... [more ▼]

Designing hybrid proteins is a major aspect of protein engineering and covers a very wide range of applications frombasic research to medical applications. This review focuses on the use of class A 𝛽-lactamases as versatile scaffolds to design hybrid enzymes (referred to as 𝛽-lactamase hybrid proteins, BHPs) in which an exogenous peptide, protein or fragment thereof is inserted at various permissive positions.We discuss how BHPs can be specifically designed to create bifunctional proteins, to produce and to characterize proteins that are otherwise difficult to express, to determine the epitope of specific antibodies, to generate antibodies against nonimmunogenic epitopes, and to better understand the structure/function relationship of proteins. [less ▲]

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See detailA Pathway closely related to the D-tagatose pathway of Gram-Negative Enterobacteria Identified in the Gram-Positive Bacterium Bacillus licheniformis
Van Der Heiden, Edwige ULg; Delmarcelle, Michaël ULg; Lebrun, Sarah ULg et al

Poster (2013, June)

We report the first identification of a gene cluster involved in d-tagatose catabolism in Bacillus licheniformis. The pathway is closely related to the d-tagatose pathway of the Gram-negative bacterium ... [more ▼]

We report the first identification of a gene cluster involved in d-tagatose catabolism in Bacillus licheniformis. The pathway is closely related to the d-tagatose pathway of the Gram-negative bacterium Klebsiella oxytoca, in contrast to the d-tagatose 6-phosphate pathway described in the Gram-positive bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. [less ▲]

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See detailA Pathway closely related to the D-tagatose pathway of Gram-Negative Enterobacteria Identified in the Gram-Positive Bacterium Bacillus licheniformis
Van Der Heiden, Edwige ULg; Delmarcelle, Michaël ULg; Lebrun, Sarah ULg et al

in Applied and Environmental microbiology (2013), 79(11), 3511-3515

We report the first identification of a gene cluster involved in d-tagatose catabolism in Bacillus licheniformis. The pathway is closely related to the d-tagatose pathway of the Gram-negative bacterium ... [more ▼]

We report the first identification of a gene cluster involved in d-tagatose catabolism in Bacillus licheniformis. The pathway is closely related to the d-tagatose pathway of the Gram-negative bacterium Klebsiella oxytoca, in contrast to the d-tagatose 6-phosphate pathway described in the Gram-positive bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. [less ▲]

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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 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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