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See detailOctarellin VI: using rosetta to design a putative artificial (beta/alpha)8 protein.
Figueroa Yévenes, Maximiliano ULg; Oliveira, Nicolas; Lejeune, Annabelle et al

in PloS one (2013), 8(8), 71858

The computational protein design protocol Rosetta has been applied successfully to a wide variety of protein engineering problems. Here the aim was to test its ability to design de novo a protein adopting ... [more ▼]

The computational protein design protocol Rosetta has been applied successfully to a wide variety of protein engineering problems. Here the aim was to test its ability to design de novo a protein adopting the TIM-barrel fold, whose formation requires about twice as many residues as in the largest proteins successfully designed de novo to date. The designed protein, Octarellin VI, contains 216 residues. Its amino acid composition is similar to that of natural TIM-barrel proteins. When produced and purified, it showed a far-UV circular dichroism spectrum characteristic of folded proteins, with alpha-helical and beta-sheet secondary structure. Its stable tertiary structure was confirmed by both tryptophan fluorescence and circular dichroism in the near UV. It proved heat stable up to 70 degrees C. Dynamic light scattering experiments revealed a unique population of particles averaging 4 nm in diameter, in good agreement with our model. Although these data suggest the successful creation of an artificial alpha/beta protein of more than 200 amino acids, Octarellin VI shows an apparent noncooperative chemical unfolding and low solubility. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional nanogels as platforms for imparting antibacterial, antibiofilm, and antiadhesion activities to stainless steel
Faure, Emilie ULg; Falentin, Céline ULg; Svaldo Lanero, Tiziana ULg et al

in Advanced Functional Materials (2012), 22(24), 5271-5282

In this work, long-term antibacterial, antiadhesion, and antibiofilm activities are afforded to industrial stainless steel surfaces following a green and bio-inspired strategy. Starting from catechol ... [more ▼]

In this work, long-term antibacterial, antiadhesion, and antibiofilm activities are afforded to industrial stainless steel surfaces following a green and bio-inspired strategy. Starting from catechol bearing synthetic polymers, the film cross-linking and the grafting of active (bio)molecules are possible under environmentally friendly conditions (in aqueous media and at room temperature). A bio-inspired polyelectrolyte, a polycation-bearing catechol, is used as the film-anchoring polymer while a poly(methacrylamide)-bearing quinone groups serves as the cross-linking agent in combination with a polymer bearing primary amine groups. The amine/quinone reaction is exploited to prepare stable solutions of nanogels in water at room temperature that can be easily deposited to stainless steel. This coating provides quinonefunctionalized surfaces that are then used to covalently anchor active (bio) molecules (antibiofi lm enzyme and antiadhesion polymer) through thiol/ quinone reactions. [less ▲]

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See detailIn silico and in vivo combinatorial design of Octarellin VI, an artificial protein modeled on the (B/A)8 fold
Figueroa Yévenes, Maximiliano ULg; Taralla, Sébastien; Buscetta, Marco et al

Poster (2012, November 16)

One way to gain insight into the sequence-structure-function relationship in proteins is to perform de novo design of artificial proteins. The applications of such a study are varied. For example, in ... [more ▼]

One way to gain insight into the sequence-structure-function relationship in proteins is to perform de novo design of artificial proteins. The applications of such a study are varied. For example, in medicine and industry, it would give us the ability to precisely engineer proteins to perform a specific function under a wider range of conditions. Despite impressive successes in the de novo protein design, designing a folded protein of more than 100 amino acids remains a challenge. In our lab, four generations of Octarellins, de novo polypeptides of more than two hundred amino acids modelled on the (beta/alpha)8 barrel fold, have been built and structurally characterized using biophysical and spectroscopic methods. The last generation of Octarellins was designed following a hierarchical method combining the specificity of rational design and the power of computational design. The resulting artificial protein, named Octarellin VI, was expressed in E. coli and purified from inclusion bodies. The biophysical characterization showed a monomeric protein, with a secondary structure level similar to the computationally designed model and thermostability. However, the poor solubility in bacteria and low stability of the protein at long term make impossible determine its structure to criticize the model. To improve these negative features, we performed a directed evolution process over the Octarellin, following the improvement at solubility level in the bacteria, thanks to the fusion of Octarellin to the fluorescent folding reporter GFP. After 8 cycles of directed evolution by Error Prone PCR technique, we obtained a most soluble protein, with a 92% of sequence identity with the original protein. This soluble variant is under study to characterize its structural features. The combination between in silico design and directed evolution process emerges as a powerful tool for protein engineering, showing be complementaries techniques and the information obtained by the whole process of design and posterior comparison between 3D structure of Octarellin with the computational model will allow to improve the algorithms for protein design. [less ▲]

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See detailA green and bio-inspired process to afford durable anti-biofilm properties to stainless steel
Faure, Emilie; Vreuls, Christelle; Falentin-Daudré, Céline et al

in Biofouling (2012), 28(7), 719-728

A bio-inspired durable anti-biofilm coating was developed for industrial stainless steel (SS) surfaces. Two polymers inspired from the adhesive and cross-linking properties of mussels were designed and ... [more ▼]

A bio-inspired durable anti-biofilm coating was developed for industrial stainless steel (SS) surfaces. Two polymers inspired from the adhesive and cross-linking properties of mussels were designed and assembled from aqueous solutions onto SS surfaces to afford durable coatings. Trypsin, a commercially available broad spectrum serine protease, was grafted as the final active layer of the coating. Its proteolytic activity after long immersion periods was demonstrated against several substrata, viz. a synthetic molecule, N-a-benzoyl-DL-arginine-p-nitroanilide hydrochloride (BAPNA), a protein, FTC-casein, and Gram-positive biofilm forming bacterium Staphylococcus epidermidis. [less ▲]

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See detailAntibacterial polyelectrolyte micelles for coating stainless steel
Falentin, Céline ULg; Faure, Emilie ULg; Svaldo Lanero, Tiziana ULg et al

in Langmuir (2012), 28(18), 7233-7241

In this study, we report on the original synthesis and characterization of novel antimicrobial coatings for stainless steel by alternating the deposition of aqueous solutions of positively charged ... [more ▼]

In this study, we report on the original synthesis and characterization of novel antimicrobial coatings for stainless steel by alternating the deposition of aqueous solutions of positively charged polyelectrolytes micelles doped with silver based nanoparticles with a polyanion. The micelles are formed by electrostatic interaction between two oppositely charged polymers, a polycation bearing 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine units (DOPA, a major component of natural adhesives) and a polyanion (poly(styrene sulfonate), PSS) without using any block copolymer. DOPA units are exploited for their well-known ability to anchor to stainless steel and to form and stabilize biocidal silver nanoparticles (Ag0). The chlorine counter-anion of the polycation forms and stabilizes biocidal silver chloride nanoparticles (AgCl). We demonstrate that two layers of micelles (alternated by PSS) doped by silver particles are enough to impart to the surface a strong antibacterial activity against Gram-negative E. coli. Moreover, micelles that are reservoirs of biocidal Ag+ can be easily reactivated after depletion. This novel water-based approach is convenient, simple and attractive for industrial applications. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular biomimetics applied to medical devices
Van de Weerdt, Cécile ULg; Archembeau, Catherine; Vreuls, Christelle ULg et al

Poster (2012, May 05)

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See detailBiomolecule-based antibacterial coating on a stainless steel surface: multilayer film build-up optimization and stability study.
Vreuls, Christelle ULg; Zocchi, Germaine ULg; Vandegaart, Hélène ULg et al

in Biofouling (2012), 28(4), 395-404

The goal of this paper was to establish the durability profile of antibacterial multilayer thin films under storage and usage conditions. Thin films were built on stainless steel (SS) by means of a layer ... [more ▼]

The goal of this paper was to establish the durability profile of antibacterial multilayer thin films under storage and usage conditions. Thin films were built on stainless steel (SS) by means of a layer-by-layer process alternating a negatively charged polyelectrolyte, polyacrylic acid, with a cationic antibacterial peptide, nisin. SS coupons coated with the antibacterial film were challenged under environmental and usage conditions likely to be encountered in real-world applications. The change in antibacterial activity elicited by the challenge was used as an indicator of multilayer film resistance. Antibacterial SS samples could be stored for several weeks at 4°C in ambient air and antibacterial films were resistant to dipping and mild wiping in water and neutral detergent. The multilayer coating showed some weaknesses, however, that need to be addressed. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular biomimetics applied to medical devices
Van de Weerdt, Cécile ULg; Vreuls, Christelle ULg; Genin, Alexis ULg et al

Poster (2012, April 18)

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See detailClay and DOPA containing polyelectrolyte multilayer film for imparting anticorrosion properties to galvanized steel
Faure, Emilie ULg; Halusiak, Emilie; Farina, Fabrice et al

in Langmuir (2012), 28(5), 2971-2978

A facile and green approach is developed to impart remarkable protection against corrosion to galvanized steel. A protecting multilayer film is formed by alternating the deposition of a polycation bearing ... [more ▼]

A facile and green approach is developed to impart remarkable protection against corrosion to galvanized steel. A protecting multilayer film is formed by alternating the deposition of a polycation bearing catechol groups, used as corrosion inhibitors, with clay that induces barrier properties. This coating does not affect the esthetical aspect of the surface and does not release any toxic molecules in the environment. [less ▲]

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See detailStainless steel with robust anibacterial activiy based on a versatile and bio-inspired strategy
Faure, Emilie ULg; Lecomte, Philippe ULg; Vreuls, Christelle ULg et al

Conference (2011, September 01)

The synthesis of a poly(methacrylamide) bearing 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine inspired from the chemical composition of mussel adhesives will be presented. This homopolymer is designed to insure a multilayer ... [more ▼]

The synthesis of a poly(methacrylamide) bearing 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine inspired from the chemical composition of mussel adhesives will be presented. This homopolymer is designed to insure a multilayer film growth by covalent coupling during the layer-by-layer building with a homopolymer containing amino groups. The film cross-linking is initiated by adequately controlling both the redox state of the polymer and the pH of the solutions. This cross-linking is evidenced by solid-state 13C NMR with the occurrence of a typical signal of imine, traducing the Schiff base formation during film growth. The same coupling reaction is implemented for grafting an antibacterial peptide, Nisin, on a stainless steel substrate. Antibacterial activity against Bacillus subtilis is preserved even after long immersion time, as the result of the peptide covalent anchoring on the surface. All the processing steps, including the synthesis of the polymers and the peptide grafting, are performed in aqueous solutions under mild conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetically engineered polypeptides as a new tool for inorganic nano-particles separation in water based media
Vreuls, Christelle ULg; Genin, Alexis ULg; Zocchi, Germaine ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry (2011), 21

The present paper relates a method for the separation of an insoluble inorganic powder out of a mixture of several insoluble powders with different chemical compositions, using genetically engineered ... [more ▼]

The present paper relates a method for the separation of an insoluble inorganic powder out of a mixture of several insoluble powders with different chemical compositions, using genetically engineered inorganic binding peptides (GEPI). GEPI are small peptides that recognize and specifically bind an inorganic solid material. This GEPI is anchored to magnetic beads for easy recovery of the powder of interest from the mixture. [less ▲]

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See detailSustainable and bio-inspired chemistry for robust antibacterial activity of stainless steel
Faure, Emilie ULg; Lecomte, Philippe ULg; Lenoir, Sandrine et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry (2011), 21(22), 7901-7904

We report on the original synthesis of a poly(methacrylamide) bearing (oxidized) 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine specially designed to (i) insure film growth by covalent coupling, (ii) covalently bind an ... [more ▼]

We report on the original synthesis of a poly(methacrylamide) bearing (oxidized) 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine specially designed to (i) insure film growth by covalent coupling, (ii) covalently bind an antibacterial peptide and (iii) contribute to the film cross-linking that is essential for the durability of the properties. [less ▲]

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See detailMultifunctional coatings
Van de Weerdt, Cécile ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Charlot, Aurélia et al

Patent (2011)

New polyelectrolyte copolymer, composite material, multilayer film and substrate carrying such polyelectrolyte copolymer, composite and multilayer film wherein the polyelectrolyte copolymer comprises a) a ... [more ▼]

New polyelectrolyte copolymer, composite material, multilayer film and substrate carrying such polyelectrolyte copolymer, composite and multilayer film wherein the polyelectrolyte copolymer comprises a) a first type of identical or different units (A) each comprising one or more dihydroxyphenyl groups such that sidechains are present along the backbone of the polyelectrolyte copolymer which contain at least one dihydroxyphenyl group each; and (b1) a second type of identical or different units (B1) each comprising a cationic moiety, or (b2) a second type of identical or different units (B2) each comprising an anionic moiety. [less ▲]

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See detailMultifunctional coatings
Van de Weerdt, Cécile ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Charlot, Aurélia et al

Patent (2011)

New polyelectrolyte copolymer, composite material, multilayer film and substrate carrying such polyelectrolyte copolymer, composite and multilayer film wherein the polyelectrolyte copolymer comprises a) a ... [more ▼]

New polyelectrolyte copolymer, composite material, multilayer film and substrate carrying such polyelectrolyte copolymer, composite and multilayer film wherein the polyelectrolyte copolymer comprises a) a first type of identical or different units (A) each comprising one or more dihydroxyphenyl groups such that sidechains are present along the backbone of the polyelectrolyte copolymer which contain at least one dihydroxyphenyl group each; and (b1) a second type of identical or different units (B1) each comprising a cationic moiety, or (b2) a second type of identical or different units (B2) each comprising an anionic moiety. [less ▲]

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