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See detailThermal unfolding of an intermediate is associated with non-arrhenius kinetics in the folding of hen lysozyme
Matagne, André ULg; Jamin, M.; Chung, E. W. et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (2000), 297(1), 193-210

A variety of techniques, including quenched-flow hydrogen exchange labelling monitored by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, and stopped-flow absorbance, fluorescence and circular dichroism ... [more ▼]

A variety of techniques, including quenched-flow hydrogen exchange labelling monitored by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, and stopped-flow absorbance, fluorescence and circular dichroism spectroscopy, has been used to investigate the refolding kinetics of hen lysozyme over a temperature range from 2 degrees C to 50 degrees C. Simple Arrhenius behaviour is not observed, and although the overall rate of folding increases from 2 to 40 degrees C, it decreases above 40 degrees C. In addition, the transient intermediate on the major folding pathway at 20 degrees C, in which the alpha-domain is persistently structured in the absence of a stable beta-domain, is thermally unfolded in a sigmoidal transition (T-m approximate to 40 degrees C) indicative of a cooperatively folded state. At all temperatures, however, there is evidence for fast (similar to 25%) and slow (similar to 75%) populations of refolding molecules. By using transition state theory, the kinetic data from various experiments were jointly fitted to a sequential three-state model for the slow folding pathway. Together with previous findings, these results indicate that the alpha-domain intermediate is a productive species on the folding route between the denatured and native states, and which accumulates as a consequence of its intrinsic stability. Our analysis suggests that the temperature dependence of the rate constant for lysozyme folding depends on both the total change in the heat capacity between the ground and transition states (the dominant factor at low temperatures) and the heat-induced destabilization of the alpha-domain intermediate (the dominant factor at high temperatures). Destablization of such kinetically competent intermediate species is Likely to be a determining factor in the non-Arrhenius temperature dependence of the folding rate of those proteins for which one or more intermediates are populated. (C) 2000 Academic Press. [less ▲]

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See detailSite-directed mutagenesis of glutamate 166 in two beta-lactamases. Kinetic and molecular modeling studies.
Guillaume, Gilliane; Vanhove, M; Lamotte-Brasseur, J et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1997), 272(9), 5438-44

The catalytic pathway of class A beta-lactamases involves an acyl-enzyme intermediate where the substrate is ester-linked to the Ser-70 residue. Glu-166 and Lys-73 have been proposed as candidates for the ... [more ▼]

The catalytic pathway of class A beta-lactamases involves an acyl-enzyme intermediate where the substrate is ester-linked to the Ser-70 residue. Glu-166 and Lys-73 have been proposed as candidates for the role of general base in the activation of the serine OH group. The replacement of Glu-166 by an asparagine in the TEM-1 and by a histidine in the Streptomyces albus G beta-lactamases yielded enzymes forming stable acyl-enzymes with beta-lactam antibiotics. Although acylation of the modified proteins by benzylpenicillin remained relatively fast, it was significantly impaired when compared to that observed with the wild-type enzyme. Moreover, the E166N substitution resulted in a spectacular modification of the substrate profile much larger than that described for other mutations of Omega-loop residues. Molecular modeling studies indicate that the displacement of the catalytic water molecule can be related to this observation. These results confirm the crucial roles of Glu-166 and of the "catalytic" water molecule in both the acylation and the deacylation processes. [less ▲]

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See detailAmpd, Essential for Both Beta-Lactamase Regulation and Cell Wall Recycling, Is a Novel Cytosolic N-Acetylmuramyl-L-Alanine Amidase
Jacobs, Christine ULg; Joris, Bernard ULg; Jamin, M. et al

in Molecular Microbiology (1995), 15(3), 553-9

In enterobacteria, the ampD gene encodes a cytosolic protein which acts as a negative regulator of beta-lactamase expression. It is shown here that the AmpD protein is a novel N-acetylmuramyl-L-alanine ... [more ▼]

In enterobacteria, the ampD gene encodes a cytosolic protein which acts as a negative regulator of beta-lactamase expression. It is shown here that the AmpD protein is a novel N-acetylmuramyl-L-alanine amidase (E.C.3.5.1.28) participating in the intracellular recycling of peptidoglycan fragments. Surprisingly, AmpD exhibits an exclusive specificity for substrates containing anhydro muramic acid. This anhydro bond is mainly found in the peptidoglycan degradation products formed by the periplasmic lytic transglycosylases and thus might behave as a 'recycling tag' allowing the enzyme to distinguish these fragments from the newly synthesized peptidoglycan precursors. The AmpD substrate (or substrates) which accumulates in the absence of the corresponding enzymatic activity acts as an intracellular positive effector for beta-lactamase expression and might represent an element of a communication network between the chromosome and the cell wall peptidoglycan. [less ▲]

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See detailThiolester substrates of DD-peptidases and beta-lactamases
Damblon, Christian ULg; Ledent, P.; Zhao, G. H. et al

in Letters In Peptide Science (1995), 2(3-4), 212-216

With peptide substrates, the penicillin-sensitive DD-peptidases exhibit a strict specificity for D-Ala-D-Xaa C-termini. Only glycine is tolerated as the C-terminal residue, but with a significantly ... [more ▼]

With peptide substrates, the penicillin-sensitive DD-peptidases exhibit a strict specificity for D-Ala-D-Xaa C-termini. Only glycine is tolerated as the C-terminal residue, but with a significantly decreased activity. These enzymes also hydrolyse various ester and thiolester analogues of their natural substrates. Some of the thiolesters whose C-terminal leaving group exhibited an L stereochemistry were significantly hydrolysed by some of the studied enzymes, particularly by the Actinomadura R39 DD-peptidase. By contrast, the strict specificity for a D residue in the penultimate position was fully retained. The same esters and thiolesters also behaved as substrates for beta-lactamases. In this case, thiolesters exhibiting L stereochemistry in the C-terminal position could also be hydrolysed, mainly by the class C and class D enzymes. But, more surprisingly, the class C Enterobacter cloacae P99 beta-lactamase also hydrolysed thiolesters containing an L residue in the penultimate position, sometimes more efficiently than the D isomer. [less ▲]

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See detailBreakdown of the stereospecificity of DD-peptidases and beta-lactamases with thiolester substrates.
Damblon, Christian ULg; Zhao, G. H.; Jamin, M. et al

in Biochemical Journal (1995), 309 ( Pt 2)

With peptide analogues of their natural substrates (the glycopeptide units of nascent peptidoglycan), the DD-peptidases exhibit a strict preference for D-Ala-D-Xaa C-termini. Gly is tolerated as the C ... [more ▼]

With peptide analogues of their natural substrates (the glycopeptide units of nascent peptidoglycan), the DD-peptidases exhibit a strict preference for D-Ala-D-Xaa C-termini. Gly is tolerated as the C-terminal residue, but with a significantly decreased activity. These enzymes were also known to hydrolyse various ester and thiolester analogues of their natural substrates. Some thiolesters with a C-terminal leaving group that exhibited L stereochemistry were significantly hydrolysed by some of the enzymes, particularly the Actinomadura R39 DD-peptidase, but the strict specificity for a D residue in the penultimate position was fully retained. These esters and thiolesters also behave as substrates for beta-lactamases. In this case, thiolesters exhibiting L stereochemistry in the ultimate position could also be hydrolysed, mainly by the class-C and class-D enzymes. However, more surprisingly, the class-C Enterobacter cloacae P99 beta-lactamase also hydrolysed thiolesters containing an L residue in the penultimate position, sometimes with a higher efficiency than the D isomer. [less ▲]

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See detailDirect n.m.r. evidence for substrate-induced conformational changes in a beta-lactamase.
Jamin, M.; Damblon, Christian ULg; Bauduin-Misselyn, A. M. et al

in Biochemical Journal (1994), 301 ( Pt 1)

Cefoxitin and other beta-lactam antibiotics with a methoxy group on the alpha-face behave as very poor substrates of the Bacillus licheniformis beta-lactamase. The kinetic properties of the enzyme ... [more ▼]

Cefoxitin and other beta-lactam antibiotics with a methoxy group on the alpha-face behave as very poor substrates of the Bacillus licheniformis beta-lactamase. The kinetic properties of the enzyme-cefoxitin system made it theoretically suitable for a detailed structural study of the acyl-enzyme. Unfortunately, soaking the crystals in cefoxitin solution did not allow detection of a crystalline acyl-enzyme complex. In contrast, direct observation by n.m.r. of the stable acyl-enzyme formed with cefoxitin and moxalactam indicated clear modifications of the enzyme structure, which were reflected in the aromatic and high-field methyl regions of the spectrum. The return to the initial free enzyme spectrum was concomitant with the hydrolysis of the acyl-enzyme, the process being slow enough to allow multidimensional n.m.r. experiments. [less ▲]

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See detailA New, Highly Sensitive Method for the Detection and Quantification of Penicillin-Binding Proteins
Galleni, Moreno ULg; Lakaye, Bernard ULg; Lepage, Sophie et al

in Biochemical Journal (1993), 291((Pt 1)), 19-21

A new method for the identification and quantification of penicillin-binding proteins is described which uses fluorescein-coupled penicillins. It allows the rapid detection of 0.2 pmol with the naked eye ... [more ▼]

A new method for the identification and quantification of penicillin-binding proteins is described which uses fluorescein-coupled penicillins. It allows the rapid detection of 0.2 pmol with the naked eye and 2 fmol with the help of an A.L.F. automatic DNA sequencer. Direct labelling can also be performed on whole bacterial cells. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanism of action of DD-peptidases: role of asparagine-161 in the Streptomyces R61 DD-peptidase.
Wilkin, J M; Jamin, M; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

in Biochemical Journal (1993), 293 ( Pt 1)

The role of residue Asn-161 in the interaction between the Streptomyces R61 DD-peptidase and various substrates or beta-lactam inactivators was probed by site-directed mutagenesis. The residue was ... [more ▼]

The role of residue Asn-161 in the interaction between the Streptomyces R61 DD-peptidase and various substrates or beta-lactam inactivators was probed by site-directed mutagenesis. The residue was successively replaced by serine and alanine. In the first case, acylation rates were mainly affected with the peptide and ester substrates but not with the thiol-ester substrates and beta-lactams. However, the deacylation rates were decreased 10-30-fold with the substrates yielding benzoylglycyl and benzoylalanyl adducts. The Asn161Ala mutant was more generally affected, although the acylation rates with cefuroxime and cefotaxime remained similar to those observed with the wild-type enzyme. Surprisingly, the deacylation rates of the benzoylglycyl and benzoylalanyl adducts were very close to those observed with the wild-type enzyme. The results also indicate that the interaction with the peptide substrate and the transpeptidation reaction were more sensitive to the mutations than the other reactions studied. The results are discussed and compared with those obtained with the Asn-132 mutants of a class A beta-lactamase. [less ▲]

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See detailPENICILLIN-BINDING PROTEIN 2X OF STREPTOCOCCUS-PNEUMONIAE - ENZYMATIC-ACTIVITIES AND INTERACTIONS WITH BETA-LACTAMS
JAMIN, M.; Damblon, Christian ULg; MILLIER, S. et al

in Biochemical Journal (1993), 292(Part 3), 735-741

The high-molecular-mass penicillin-binding protein (PBP) 2x, one of the primary targets of beta-lactam antibiotics in Streptococcus pneumoniae, has been produced as a soluble form and purified in large ... [more ▼]

The high-molecular-mass penicillin-binding protein (PBP) 2x, one of the primary targets of beta-lactam antibiotics in Streptococcus pneumoniae, has been produced as a soluble form and purified in large amounts. It has been shown to catalyse hydrolysis and transfer reactions with different ester and thiolester substrates and its catalytic behaviour was often similar to that of the soluble DD-peptidase from Streptomyces R61. This provided an easy method to monitor the activity of the PBP. For the first time, a reliable kinetic study of the interaction between a lethal target and beta-lactam antibiotics has been performed. Characteristic kinetic parameters were obtained with different beta-lactam compounds. These results not only validated the mechanism established with non-essential extracellular enzymes, but will also constitute the basis for comparative studies of the low-affinity variants from penicillin-resistant strains. [less ▲]

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See detailACCUMULATION OF ACYL-ENZYME IN DD-PEPTIDASE-CATALYZED REACTIONS WITH ANALOGS OF PEPTIDE-SUBSTRATES
JAMIN, M.; Adam, Maggy; Damblon, Christian ULg et al

in Biochemical Journal (1991), 280(Part 2), 499-506

Thioester substrates can be used to study the hydrolysis and transfer reactions catalysed by beta-lactamases and DD-peptidases. With the latter enzymes, accumulation of the acyl-enzyme can be detected ... [more ▼]

Thioester substrates can be used to study the hydrolysis and transfer reactions catalysed by beta-lactamases and DD-peptidases. With the latter enzymes, accumulation of the acyl-enzyme can be detected directly. The efficiency of various amines as acceptor substrates was in excellent agreement with previous results obtained with peptide substrates of the DD-peptidases. The results indicated the presence of a specific binding site for the acceptor substrates, Although most of the results agreed well with a simple partition model, more elaborate hypotheses will be needed to account for all the data presented. [less ▲]

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