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See detailStructure of a full length psychrophilic cellulase from Pseudoalteromonas haloplanktis revealed by X-ray diffraction and small angle X-ray scattering
Violot, S.; Aghajari, N.; Czjzek, M. et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (2005), 348(5), 1211-1224

Pseudoalteromonas haloplanktis is a psychrophilic Gram-negative bacterium isolated in Antarctica, that lives on organic remains of algae. This bacterium converts the cellulose, highly constitutive of ... [more ▼]

Pseudoalteromonas haloplanktis is a psychrophilic Gram-negative bacterium isolated in Antarctica, that lives on organic remains of algae. This bacterium converts the cellulose, highly constitutive of algae, into an immediate nutritive form by biodegrading this biopolymer. To understand the mechanisms of cold adaptation of its enzymatic components, we studied the structural properties of an endoglucanase, Cel5G, by complementary methods, X-ray crystallography and small angle X-ray scattering. Using X-ray crystallography, we determined the structure of the catalytic core module of this family 5 endoglucanase, at 1.4 angstrom resolution in its native form and at 1.6 angstrom in the cellobiose-bound form. The catalytic module of Cel5G presents the (beta/alpha)(8)-barrel structure typical of clan GH-A of glycoside hydrolase families. The structural comparison of the catalytic core of Cel5G with the mesophilic catalytic core of Cel5A from Erwinia chrysanthemi revealed modifications at the atomic level leading to higher flexibility and thermolability, which might account for the higher activity of Cel5G at low temperatures. Using small angle X-ray scattering we further explored the structure at the entire enzyme level. We analyzed the dimensions, shape, and conformation of Cel5G full length in solution and especially of the linker between the catalytic module and the cellulose-binding module. The results showed that the linker is unstructured, and unusually long and flexible, a peculiarity that distinguishes it from its mesophilic counterpart. Loops formed at the base by disulfide bridges presumably add constraints to stabilize the most extended conformations. These results suggest that the linker plays a major role in cold adaptation of this psychrophilic enzyme, allowing steric optimization of substrate accessibility. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression, purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic studies of a psychrophilic cellulase from Pseudoalteromonas haloplanktis
Violot, S.; Haser, R.; Sonan, G. et al

in Acta Crystallographica Section D-Biological Crystallography (2003), 59(Part 7), 1256-1258

The Antarctic psychrophile Pseudoalteromonas haloplanktis produces a cold-active cellulase. To date, a three-dimensional structure of a psychrophilic cellulase has been lacking. Crystallographic studies ... [more ▼]

The Antarctic psychrophile Pseudoalteromonas haloplanktis produces a cold-active cellulase. To date, a three-dimensional structure of a psychrophilic cellulase has been lacking. Crystallographic studies of this cold-adapted enzyme have therefore been initiated in order to contribute to the understanding of the molecular basis of the cold adaptation and the high catalytic efficiency of the enzyme at low and moderate temperatures. The catalytic core domain of the psychrophilic cellulase CelG from P. haloplanktis has been expressed, purified and crystallized and a complete diffraction data set to 1.8 Angstrom has been collected. The space group was found to be P2(1)2(1)2(1), with unit-cell parameters a = 135.1, b = 78.4, c = 44.1 Angstrom. A molecular-replacement solution, using the structure of the mesophilic counterpart Cel5A from Erwinia chrysanthemi as a search model, has been found. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural basis of alpha-amylase activation by chloride
Aghajari, N.; Feller, Georges ULg; Gerday, Charles ULg et al

in Protein Science : A Publication of the Protein Society (2002), 11(6), 1435-1441

To further investigate the mechanism and function of allosteric activation by chloride in some alpha-amylases, the structure of the bacterial alpha-amylase from the psychrophilic micro-organism ... [more ▼]

To further investigate the mechanism and function of allosteric activation by chloride in some alpha-amylases, the structure of the bacterial alpha-amylase from the psychrophilic micro-organism Pseudoalteromonas haloplanktis in complex with nitrate has been solved at 2.1 Angstrom, as well as the structure of the mutants Lys300Gln (2.5 Angstrom) and Lys300Arg (2.25 Angstrom). Nitrate binds strongly to alpha-amylase but is a weak activator. Mutation of the critical chloride ligand Lys300 into Gln results in a chloride-independent enzyme, whereas the mutation into Arg mimics the binding site as is found in animal alpha-amylases with, however, a lower affinity for chloride. These structures reveal that the triangular conformation of the chloride ligands and the nearly equatorial coordination allow the perfect accommodation of planar trigonal monovalent anions such as NO3-, explaining their unusual strong binding. It is also shown that a localized negative charge such as that of Cl-, rather than a delocalized charge as in the case of nitrate, is essential for maximal activation. The chloride-free mutant Lys300Gln indicates that chloride is not mandatory for the catalytic mechanism but strongly increases the reactivity at the active site. Disappearance of the putative catalytic water molecule in this weakly active mutant supports the view that chloride helps to polarize the hydrolytic water molecule and enhances the rate of the second step in the catalytic reaction. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of a bacterial psychrophilic enzyme, phosphoglycerate kinase
Mandelman, D.; Bentahir, M.; Feller, Georges ULg et al

in Acta Crystallographica Section D-Biological Crystallography (2001), 57(Pt 11), 1666-8

The glycolytic enzyme phosphoglycerate kinase (PGK) from the Antarctic microorganism Pseudomonas sp. TACII18 is a cold-adapted enzyme that displays a high specific activity at low temperatures and ... [more ▼]

The glycolytic enzyme phosphoglycerate kinase (PGK) from the Antarctic microorganism Pseudomonas sp. TACII18 is a cold-adapted enzyme that displays a high specific activity at low temperatures and decreased thermostability relative to its mesophilic counterpart. Herein, the preliminary crystallization and structure solution of psychrophilic PGK in its native form and cocrystallized with 3-phosphoglyceric acid (3-PGA) and the ATP analogue adenylyl imidophosphate (AMP-PNP) is reported. The complexed form of PGK crystallized in 2-3 d at 290 K, whereas the native form of the enzyme required 8-12 months. Morphologically, both crystal forms are similar and X-ray diffraction experiments indicate that the crystals are isomorphous. The crystals diffracted to a resolution of 2.0 A and belong to the space group P3(2). with unit-cell parameters a = b = 58.5, c = 85.4 A. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystal structures of the psychrophilic a-amylase from Alteromonas haloplanctis in its native form and complexed with an inhibitor
Aghajari, N.; Feller, Georges ULg; Gerday, Charles ULg et al

in Protein Science : A Publication of the Protein Society (1998), 7(6), 564-572

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See detailStructures of the psychrophilic Alteromonas haloplanctis a-amylase give insights into cold adaptation at a molecular level
Aghajari, N.; Feller, Georges ULg; Gerday, Charles ULg et al

in Structure (1998), 6

Background: Enzymes from psychrophilic (cold-adapted) microorganisms operate at temperatures close to 0 degrees C, where the activity of their mesophilic and thermophilic counterparts is drastically ... [more ▼]

Background: Enzymes from psychrophilic (cold-adapted) microorganisms operate at temperatures close to 0 degrees C, where the activity of their mesophilic and thermophilic counterparts is drastically reduced. It has generally been assumed that thermophily is associated with rigid proteins, whereas psychrophilic enzymes have a tendency to be more flexible. Results: Insights into the cold adaptation of proteins are gained on the basis of a psychrophilic protein's molecular structure. To this' end, we have determined the structure of the recombinant form of a psychrophilic a-amylase from Alteromonas haloplanctis at 2.4 Angstrom resolution. We have compared this with the structure of the wild-type enzyme, recently solved at 2.0 Angstrom resolution, and with available structures of their mesophilic counterparts. These comparative studies have enabled us to identify possible determinants of cold adaptation. Conclusions: We propose that an increased resilience of the molecular surface and a less rigid protein core, with less interdomain interactions, are determining factors of the conformational flexibility that allows efficient enzyme catalysis in cold environments. [References: 57] 57 [less ▲]

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See detailCrystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction studies of a-amylase from the antarctic psychrophile Alteromonas haloplanctis A23
Aghajari, N.; Feller, Georges ULg; Gerday, Charles ULg et al

in Protein Science : A Publication of the Protein Society (1996), 5(10), 2128-2129

A cold-active alpha-amylase was purified from culture supernatants of the antarctic psychrophile Alteromonas haloplanctis A23 grown at 4 degrees C. In order to contribute to the understanding of the ... [more ▼]

A cold-active alpha-amylase was purified from culture supernatants of the antarctic psychrophile Alteromonas haloplanctis A23 grown at 4 degrees C. In order to contribute to the understanding of the molecular basis of cold adaptations, crystallographic studies of this cold-adapted enzyme have been initiated because a three-dimensional structure of a mesophilic counterpart, pig pancreatic alpha-amylase, already exists. alpha-Amylase from A. haloplanctis, which shares 53% sequence identity with pig pancreatic alpha-amylase, has been crystallized and data to 1.85 A have been collected. The space group is found to be C222(1) with a = 71.40 A, b = 138.88 A, and c = 115.66 A. Until now, a three-dimensional structure of a psychrophilic enzyme is lacking. [less ▲]

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See detailStability and Structural Analysis of Alpha-Amylase from the Antarctic Psychrophile Alteromonas Haloplanctis A23
Feller, Georges ULg; Payan, F.; Theys, F. et al

in European Journal of Biochemistry (1994), 222(2), 441-7

The alpha-amylase secreted by the antarctic bacterium Alteromonas haloplanctis displays 66% amino acid sequence similarity with porcine pancreatic alpha-amylase. The psychrophilic alpha-amylase is however ... [more ▼]

The alpha-amylase secreted by the antarctic bacterium Alteromonas haloplanctis displays 66% amino acid sequence similarity with porcine pancreatic alpha-amylase. The psychrophilic alpha-amylase is however characterized by a sevenfold higher kcat and kcat/Km values at 4 degrees C and a lower conformational stability estimated as 10 kJ.mol-1 with respect to the porcine enzyme. It is proposed that both properties arise from an increase in molecular flexibility required to compensate for the reduction of reaction rates at low temperatures. This is supported by the fast denaturation rates induced by temperature, urea or guanidinium chloride and by the shift towards low temperatures of the apparent optimal temperature of activity. When compared with the known three-dimensional structure of porcine pancreatic alpha-amylase, homology modelling of the psychrophilic alpha-amylase reveals several features which may be assumed to be responsible for a more flexible, heat-labile conformation: the lack of several surface salt bridges in the (beta/alpha)8 domain, the reduction of the number of weakly polar interactions involving an aromatic side chain, a lower hydrophobicity associated with the increased flexibility index of amino acids forming the hydrophobic clusters and by substitutions of proline for alanine residues in loops connecting secondary structures. The weaker affinity of the enzyme for Ca2+ (Kd = 44 nM) and for Cl- (Kd = 1.2 mM at 4 degrees C) can result from single amino acid substitutions in the Ca(2+)-binding and Cl(-)-binding sites and can also affect the compactness of alpha-amylase. [less ▲]

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