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See detailThe kinetic properties of the carboxy terminal domain of the Bacillus licheniformis 749/I BlaR penicillin-receptor shed a new light on the derepression of beta-lactamase synthesis
Duval, Valérie; Swinnen, Marc; Lepage, Sophie et al

in Molecular Microbiology (2003), 48(6), 1553-1564

To study the properties of the BlaR penicillin-receptor involved in the induction of the Bacillus licheniformis beta-lactamase, the water-soluble carboxy terminal domain of the protein (BlaR-CTD) was ... [more ▼]

To study the properties of the BlaR penicillin-receptor involved in the induction of the Bacillus licheniformis beta-lactamase, the water-soluble carboxy terminal domain of the protein (BlaR-CTD) was overproduced in the periplasm of Escherichia coli JM105 and purified to protein homogeneity. Its interactions with various beta-lactam antibiotics were studied. The second-order acylation rate constants k(2)/K' ranged from 0.0017 to more than 1 muM(-1) s(-1) and the deacylation rate constants were lower than 4x10(-5) s(-1) . These values imply a rapid to very rapid formation of a stable acylated adduct. BlaR-CTD is thus one of the most sensitive penicillin-binding proteins presently described. In the light of these results, the kinetics of beta-lactamase induction in Bacillus licheniformis were re-examined. When starting with a rather high cell density, a good beta-lactamase substrate such as benzylpenicillin is too sensitive to beta-lactamase-mediated hydrolysis to allow full induction. By contrast, a poor beta-lactamase substrate (7-aminocephalosporanic acid) can fully derepress beta-lactamase expression under conditions where interference of the antibiotic with cell growth is observed. These results suggest that acylation of the penicillin receptor is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for full induction. [less ▲]

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See detailSite-Directed Mutagenesis of the Actinomadura R39 DD-Peptidase
Zhao, GuoHua; Duez, Colette ULg; Forceille, Christine et al

in Biochemical Journal (1997), 327(2), 377-381

The role of various residues in the conserved structural elements of the Actinomadura R39 penicillin-sensitive dd-peptidase has been studied by site-directed mutagenesis. Replacement of Ser-298 of the ... [more ▼]

The role of various residues in the conserved structural elements of the Actinomadura R39 penicillin-sensitive dd-peptidase has been studied by site-directed mutagenesis. Replacement of Ser-298 of the 'SDN loop' by Ala or Gly significantly decreased the kcat/Km value for the peptide substrate, but only by a factor of 15 and had little effect on the other catalytic properties. Mutations of Asn-300 of the same loop and of Lys-410 of the KTG triad yielded very unstable proteins. However, the N300S mutant could be purified as a fusion protein with thioredoxin that exhibited decreased rates of acylation by the peptide substrate and various cephalosporins. Similar fusion proteins obtained with the N300A, K410H and K410N mutants were unstable and their catalytic and penicillin-binding properties were very strongly affected. In transpeptidation reactions, the presence of the acceptor influenced the kcat/Km values, which suggested a catalytic pathway more complex than a simple partition of the acyl-enzyme between hydrolysis and aminolysis. These results are compared with those obtained with two other penicillin-sensitive enzymes, the Streptomyces R61 dd-peptidase and Escherichia coli penicillin-binding protein (PBP) 5. [less ▲]

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See detailDual Multimodular Class a Penicillin-Binding Proteins in Mycobacterium Leprae
Lepage, Sophie; Dubois, Philippe ULg; Ghosh, Thushar-Kanti et al

in Journal of Bacteriology (1997), 179(14), 4627-4630

The ponA gene of cosmid L222 of the Mycobacterium leprae genome library encodes a multimodular class A penicillin-binding protein (PBP), PBP1. The PBP, labelled with a polyhistidine sequence, has been ... [more ▼]

The ponA gene of cosmid L222 of the Mycobacterium leprae genome library encodes a multimodular class A penicillin-binding protein (PBP), PBP1. The PBP, labelled with a polyhistidine sequence, has been produced in Escherichia coli, extracted from the membranes with 3-[(3-cholamidopropyl)-dimethylammonio]-1-propane-sulfonate (CHAPS) and purified by Ni2(+)-nitrilotriacetic acid-agarose chromatography. In contrast to the pon1-encoded class A PBP1, PBP1 undergoes denaturation at temperatures higher than 25 degrees C, it catalyzes acyl transfer reactions on properly structured thiolesters, and it binds penicillin with high affinity. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Penicillin sensory transducer, blar, involved in the inducibility of beta-lactamase synthesis in bacillus licheniformis is embedded in the plasma membrane via a four-alpha-helix bundle
Hardt, Karin; Joris, Bernard ULg; Lepage, Sophie et al

in Molecular Microbiology (1997), 23(5), 935-944

Prediction studies, conformational analyses and membrane-topology mapping lead to the conclusion that the penicillin sensory transducer, BlaR, involved in the inducibility of beta-lactamase synthesis in ... [more ▼]

Prediction studies, conformational analyses and membrane-topology mapping lead to the conclusion that the penicillin sensory transducer, BlaR, involved in the inducibility of beta-lactamase synthesis in Bacillus licheniformis, is embedded in the plasma membrane bilayer via four transmembrane segments TM1-TM4 that forma four-alpha-helix bundle. The extracellular 262-amino-acid-residue polypeptide, S340-R601, that is fused at the carboxy end of TM4, possesses the amino acid sequence signature of a penicilloyl serine transferase. It probably functions as penicillin sensor. As an independent entity, this polypeptide behaves as a high-affinity penicillin-binding protein. As a component of the full-size BlaR, it adopts a different conformation presumably because of interactions with the extracellular 63-amino-acid-residue P53-S115 loop that connects TM2 and TM3. Reception of the penicillin-induced signal requires a precise conformation of the sensor but it does not involve penicilloylation of the serine residue S402 of motif STYK. Signal transmission through the plasma membrane by the four-alpha-helix bundle may proceed in a way comparable to that of the aspartate receptor, Tar. Signal emission in the cytosol by the intracellular 189-amino-acid-residue Y134-K322 loop that connects TM3 and TM4, may proceed via the activation of a putative metallopeptidase. [less ▲]

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See detailKinetic properties of the Bacillus licheniformis Penicillin-binding proteins
Lepage, Sophie; Galleni, Moreno ULg; Lakaye, Bernard ULg et al

in Biochemical Journal (1995), 309

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See detailSynthesis, purification and kinetic properties of fluorescein-labelled penicillins
Lakaye, Bernard ULg; Damblon, Christian ULg; Jamin, Marc et al

in Biochemical Journal (1994), 300

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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 detailPrimary and Predicted Secondary Structures of the Actinomadura R39 Extracellular DD-Peptidase, a Penicillin-Binding Protein (PBP) Related to the Escherichia coli PBP4
Granier, Benoît; Duez, Colette ULg; Englebert, Serge et al

in Biochemical Journal (1992), 282(Pt 3), 781-788

As derived from gene cloning and sequencing, the 489-amino-acid DD-peptidase/penicillin-binding protein (PBP) produced by Actinomadura R39 has a primary structure very similar to that of the Escherichia ... [more ▼]

As derived from gene cloning and sequencing, the 489-amino-acid DD-peptidase/penicillin-binding protein (PBP) produced by Actinomadura R39 has a primary structure very similar to that of the Escherichia coli PBP4 [Mottl, Terpstra & Keck (1991) FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 78, 213-220]. Hydrophobic-cluster analysis of the two proteins shows that, providing that a large 174-amino-acid stretch is excluded from the analysis, the bulk of the two polypeptide chains possesses homologues of the active-site motifs and secondary structures found in the class A β-lactamase of Streptomyces albus G of known three-dimensional structure. The 74-amino-acid insert occurs at equivalent places in the two PBPs, between helices α2 and α3, away from the active site. Such an insert is unique among the penicilloyl serine transferases. It is proposed that the Actinomadura R39 PBP and E. coli PBP4 form a special class, class C, of low-Mr PBPs/DD-peptidases. A vector has been constructed and introduced by electrotransformation in the original Actinomadura R39 strain, allowing high-level expression and secretion of the DD-peptidase/PBP (250 mg . 1-1). The gene encoding the desired protein is processed differently in Actinomadura R39 and Streptomyces lividans. Incorrect processing in Streptomyces lividans leads to a secreted protein which is inert in terms of DD-peptidase activity and penicillin-binding capacity. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of the Conserved Amino Acids of the 'Sdn' Loop (Ser130, Asp131 and Asn132) in a Class a Beta-Lactamase Studied by Site-Directed Mutagenesis
Jacob, Françoise; Joris, Bernard ULg; Lepage, Sophie et al

in Biochemical Journal (1990), 271(2), 399-406

Ser130, Asp131 and Asn132 ('SDN') are highly conserved residues in class A beta-lactamases forming one wall of the active-site cavity. All three residues of the SDN loop in Streptomyces albus G beta ... [more ▼]

Ser130, Asp131 and Asn132 ('SDN') are highly conserved residues in class A beta-lactamases forming one wall of the active-site cavity. All three residues of the SDN loop in Streptomyces albus G beta-lactamase were modified by site-directed mutagenesis. The mutant proteins were expressed in Streptomyces lividans, purified from culture supernatants and their kinetic parameters were determined for several substrates. Ser130 was substituted by Asn, Ala and Gly. The first modification yielded an almost totally inactive protein, whereas the smaller-side-chain mutants (A and G) retained some activity, but were less stable than the wild-type enzyme. Ser130 might thus be involved in maintaining the structure of the active-site cavity. Mutations of Asp131 into Glu and Gly proved to be highly detrimental to enzyme stability, reflecting significant structural perturbations. Mutation of Asn132 into Ala resulted in a dramatically decreased enzymic activity (more than 100-fold) especially toward cephalosporin substrates, kcat. being the most affected parameter, which would indicate a role of Asn132 in transition-state stabilization rather than in ground-state binding. Comparison of the N132A and the previously described N132S mutant enzymes underline the importance of an H-bond-forming residue at position 132 for the catalytic process. [less ▲]

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