Publications of André Matagne
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See detailThe Lys-Asp-Tyr Triad within the Mite Allergen Der p 1 Propeptide Is a Critical Structural Element for the pH-Dependent Initiation of the Protease Maturation.
Chevigne, Andy; Campizi, Vincenzo; Szpakowska, Martyna et al

in International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2017), 18(5),

The major house dust mite allergen, Der p 1, is a papain-like cysteine protease expressed as an inactive precursor, proDer p 1, carrying an N-terminal propeptide with a unique structure. The maturation of ... [more ▼]

The major house dust mite allergen, Der p 1, is a papain-like cysteine protease expressed as an inactive precursor, proDer p 1, carrying an N-terminal propeptide with a unique structure. The maturation of the zymogen into an enzymatically-active form of Der p 1 is a multistep autocatalytic process initiated under acidic conditions through conformational changes of the propeptide, leading to the loss of its inhibitory ability and its subsequent gradual cleavage. The aims of this study were to characterize the residues present in the Der p 1 propeptide involved in the initiation of the zymogen maturation process, but also to assess the impact of acidic pH on the propeptide structure, the activity of Der p 1 and the fate of the propeptide. Using various complementary enzymatic and structural approaches, we demonstrated that a structural triad K17p-D51p-Y19p within the N-terminal domain of the propeptide is essential for its stabilization and the sensing of pH changes. Particularly, the protonation of D51p under acidic conditions unfolds the propeptide through disruption of the K17p-D51p salt bridge, reduces its inhibition capacity and unmasks the buried residues K17p and Y19p constituting the first maturation cleavage site of the zymogen. Our results also evidenced that this triad acts in a cooperative manner with other propeptide pH-responsive elements, including residues E56p and E80p, to promote the propeptide unfolding and/or to facilitate its proteolysis. Furthermore, we showed that acidic conditions modify Der p 1 proteolytic specificity and confirmed that the formation of the first intermediate represents the limiting step of the in vitro Der p 1 maturation process. Altogether, our results provide new insights into the early events of the mechanism of proDer p 1 maturation and identify a unique structural triad acting as a stabilizing and a pH-sensing regulatory element. [less ▲]

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See detailA novel protocol for the design of artificial (β/α)8-barrel proteins
Martina, Cristina ULiege; Figueroa Yévenes, Maximiliano ULiege; Combs, Steven et al

Poster (2016, March)

Designing de novo proteins of more than 100 amino acids is still challenging. The creation of artificial (β/α)8-barrel proteins had only one successful example in literature, thank to use of internal ... [more ▼]

Designing de novo proteins of more than 100 amino acids is still challenging. The creation of artificial (β/α)8-barrel proteins had only one successful example in literature, thank to use of internal spatial symmetry. Here we present a protocol to design de novo (β/α)8-barrel proteins without symmetry restriction. First, the backbone was created in 4 steps: (I) Rosetta ParametricDesign produced an highly symmetric polyalanine scaffold with no loops; (II) Rosetta Fixed-Backbone Design used the previous output to substitute the alanines in all the position; (III) Loops were constructed with Modeller joining the terminus of the secondary structure elements and (IV) RosettaRelax performed relaxation, creating around 4000 different models. 28 backbone models were selected for the next steps of sequence design. To design the final proteins for experimental validation, 10 cycles of Rosetta Design and Relax were performed. In the first cycle only apolar amino acids were allowed in hydrophobic regions; in the next 6 cycles, amino acids were allowed based on the definition of 3 regions: core, boundaries and surface. All the amino acids were allowed in each position in the last 3 cycles. More than 10000 different sequences were created and analyzed in term of amino acid composition, sequence similarity with natural protein, secondary structure prediction, and molecular dynamics simulations. The 30 best candidate sequences have been selected for experimental verification. [less ▲]

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See detailThe role of active site flexible loops in catalysis and of zinc in conformational stability of Bacillus cereus 569/H/9 beta-lactamase.
Montagner, Caroline ULiege; Nigen, Michaël; Jacquin, Olivier et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2016), 291(31), 16124-16137

Metallo-beta-lactamases catalyse the hydrolysis of most beta-lactam antibiotics and hence represent a major clinical concern. The development of inhibitors for these enzymes is complicated by the ... [more ▼]

Metallo-beta-lactamases catalyse the hydrolysis of most beta-lactam antibiotics and hence represent a major clinical concern. The development of inhibitors for these enzymes is complicated by the diversity and flexibility of their substrate binding sites, motivating research into their structure and function. In this study, we examined the conformational properties of the Bacillus cereus beta-lactamase II in the presence of chemical denaturants using a variety of biochemical and biophysical techniques. The apoenzyme was found to unfold cooperatively, with a Gibbs free energy of stabilization (DeltaG degrees ) of 32 +/- 2 kJ.mol11. For holoBcII, a first non-cooperative transition leads to multiple interconverting native-like states, in which both zinc atoms remain bound in an apparently unaltered active site and the protein displays a well-organized compact hydrophobic core with structural changes confined to the enzyme surface, but with no catalytic activity. 2D NMR data revealed that the loss of activity occurs concomitantly with perturbations in two loops that border the enzyme active site. A second cooperative transition, corresponding to global unfolding, is observed at higher denaturant concentrations, with DeltaG degrees value of 65 +/- 1.4 kJ.mol11. These combined data highlight the importance of the two zinc ions in maintaining structure as well as a relatively well-defined conformation for both active site loops in order to maintain enzymatic activity. [less ▲]

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See detailKinetic Study of Laboratory Mutants of NDM-1 Metallo-beta-Lactamase and the Importance of an Isoleucine at Position 35.
Marcoccia, Francesca; Bottoni, Carlo; Sabatini, Alessia et al

in Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy (2016), 60(4), 2366-72

Two laboratory mutants of NDM-1 were generated by replacing the isoleucine at position 35 with threonine and serine residues: the NDM-1(I35T)and NDM-1(I35S)enzymes. These mutants were well characterized ... [more ▼]

Two laboratory mutants of NDM-1 were generated by replacing the isoleucine at position 35 with threonine and serine residues: the NDM-1(I35T)and NDM-1(I35S)enzymes. These mutants were well characterized, and their kinetic parameters were compared with those of the NDM-1 wild type. Thekcat,Km, andkcat/Kmvalues calculated for the two mutants were slightly different from those of the wild-type enzyme. Interestingly, thekcat/Kmof NDM-1(I35S)for loracarbef was about 14-fold higher than that of NDM-1. Far-UV circular dichroism (CD) spectra of NDM-1 and NDM-1(I35T)and NDM-1(I35S)enzymes suggest local structural rearrangements in the secondary structure with a marked reduction of alpha-helix content in the mutants. [less ▲]

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See detailThe CebE/MsiK Transporter is a Doorway to the Cello-oligosaccharide-mediated Induction of Streptomyces scabies Pathogenicity
Jourdan, Samuel ULiege; Francis, Isolde; Kim, Min et al

in Scientific Reports (2016)

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See detailThe unexpected structure of the designed protein Octarellin V.1 forms a challenge for protein structure prediction tools.
Figueroa Yévenes, Maximiliano ULiege; Sleutel, Mike; Vandevenne, Marylène ULiege et al

in Journal of structural biology (2016)

Despite impressive successes in protein design, designing a well-folded protein of more 100 amino acids de novo remains a formidable challenge. Exploiting the promising biophysical features of the ... [more ▼]

Despite impressive successes in protein design, designing a well-folded protein of more 100 amino acids de novo remains a formidable challenge. Exploiting the promising biophysical features of the artificial protein Octarellin V, we improved this protein by directed evolution, thus creating a more stable and soluble protein: Octarellin V.1. Next, we obtained crystals of Octarellin V.1 in complex with crystallization chaperons and determined the tertiary structure. The experimental structure of Octarellin V.1 differs from its in silico design: the (alphabetaalpha) sandwich architecture bears some resemblance to a Rossman-like fold instead of the intended TIM-barrel fold. This surprising result gave us a unique and attractive opportunity to test the state of the art in protein structure prediction, using this artificial protein free of any natural selection. We tested 13 automated webservers for protein structure prediction and found none of them to predict the actual structure. More than 50% of them predicted a TIM-barrel fold, i.e. the structure we set out to design more than 10years ago. In addition, local software runs that are human operated can sample a structure similar to the experimental one but fail in selecting it, suggesting that the scoring and ranking functions should be improved. We propose that artificial proteins could be used as tools to test the accuracy of protein structure prediction algorithms, because their lack of evolutionary pressure and unique sequences features. [less ▲]

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See detailROBOTEIN A robotic platform dedicated to high-throughput protein production and analysis
Vandenameele, Julie ULiege; De Meutter, Joëlle; Brans, Alain ULiege et al

Poster (2015, October 14)

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See detailPositive cooperativity between acceptor and donor sites of the peptidoglycan glycosyltransferase.
Bury, Daniel; Dahmane, Ismahene ULiege; Derouaux, Adeline ULiege et al

in Biochemical pharmacology (2015), 93(2), 141-50

The glycosyltransferases of family 51 (GT51) catalyze the polymerization of lipid II to form linear glycan chains, which, after cross linking by the transpeptidases, form the net-like peptidoglycan ... [more ▼]

The glycosyltransferases of family 51 (GT51) catalyze the polymerization of lipid II to form linear glycan chains, which, after cross linking by the transpeptidases, form the net-like peptidoglycan macromolecule. The essential function of the GT makes it an attractive antimicrobial target; therefore a better understanding of its function and its mechanism of interaction with substrates could help in the design and the development of new antibiotics. In this work, we have used a surface plasmon resonance Biacore((R)) biosensor, based on an amine derivative of moenomycin A immobilized on a sensor chip surface, to investigate the mechanism of binding of substrate analogous inhibitors to the GT. Addition of increasing concentrations of moenomycin A to the Staphylococcus aureus MtgA led to reduced binding of the protein to the sensor chip as expected. Remarkably, in the presence of low concentrations of the most active disaccharide inhibitors, binding of MtgA to immobilized moenomycin A was found to increase; in contrast competition with moenomycin A occurred only at high concentrations. This finding suggests that at low concentrations, the lipid II analogs bind to the acceptor site and induce a cooperative binding of moenomycin A to the donor site. Our results constitute the first indication of the existence of a positive cooperativity between the acceptor and the donor sites of peptidoglycan GTs. In addition, our study indicates that a modification of two residues (L119N and F120S) within the hydrophobic region of MtgA can yield monodisperse forms of the protein with apparently no change in its secondary structure content, but this is at the expense of the enzyme function. [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 ULiege; Filée, Patrice; Matagne, André ULiege 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 detailThe dynamics of lysozyme from bacteriophage lambda in solution probed by NMR and MD simulations.
Smith, Lorna J.; Bowen, Alice M.; Di Paolo, Alexandre et al

in Chembiochem : a European journal of chemical biology (2013), 14(14), 1780-8

(15) N NMR relaxation studies, analyses of NMR data to include chemical shifts, residual dipolar couplings (RDC), NOEs and H(N) -H(alpha) coupling constants, and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have ... [more ▼]

(15) N NMR relaxation studies, analyses of NMR data to include chemical shifts, residual dipolar couplings (RDC), NOEs and H(N) -H(alpha) coupling constants, and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have been used to characterise the behaviour of lysozyme from bacteriophage lambda (lambda lysozyme) in solution. The lower and upper lip regions in lambda lysozyme (residues 51-60 and 128-141, respectively) show reduced (1) H-(15) N order parameters indicating mobility on a picosecond timescale. In addition, residues in the lower and upper lips also show exchange contributions to T2 indicative of slower timescale motions. The chemical shift, RDC, coupling constant and NOE data for lambda lysozyme indicate that two fluctuating beta-strands (beta3 and beta4) are populated in the lower lip region while the N terminus of helix alpha6 (residues 136-139) forms dynamic helical turns in the upper lip region. This behaviour is confirmed by MD simulations that show hydrogen bonds, indicative of the beta-sheet and helical secondary structure in the lip regions, with populations of 40-60 %. Thus in solution lambda lysozyme adopts a conformational ensemble that will contain both the open and closed forms observed in the crystal structures of the protein. [less ▲]

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See detailOctarellin VI: using rosetta to design a putative artificial (beta/alpha)8 protein.
Figueroa Yévenes, Maximiliano ULiege; 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 detailThe proline-rich motif of the proDer p 3 allergen propeptide is crucial for protease-protease interaction.
Dumez, Marie-Eve ULiege; Herman, Julie; Campisi, Vincenzo ULiege 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 detailA Nanobody Binding to Non-amyloidogenic Regions of the Protein Human Lysozyme Enhances Partial Unfolding but Inhibits Amyloid Fibril Formation.
de Genst, EJ; Chan, PH; Pardon, Els et al

in Journal of Physical Chemistry B (2013)

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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 ULiege; 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 detailEffects of monopropanediamino-beta-cyclodextrin on the denaturation process of the hybrid protein BlaPChBD.
Vandevenne, Marylène ULiege; GASPARD, Genevieve ULiege; Belgsir, E. M. et al

in Biochimica et biophysica acta (2011)

Irreversible accumulation of protein aggregates represents an important problem both in vivo and in vitro. The aggregation of proteins is of critical importance in a wide variety of biomedical situations ... [more ▼]

Irreversible accumulation of protein aggregates represents an important problem both in vivo and in vitro. The aggregation of proteins is of critical importance in a wide variety of biomedical situations, ranging from diseases (such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases) to the production (e.g. inclusion bodies), stability, storage and delivery of protein drugs. beta-Cyclodextrin (beta-CD) is a circular heptasaccharide characterized by a hydrophilic exterior and a hydrophobic interior ring structure. In this research, we studied the effects of a chemically modified beta-CD (BCD07056), on the aggregating and refolding properties of BlaPChBD, a hybrid protein obtained by inserting the chitin binding domain of the human macrophage chitotriosidase into the class A beta-lactamase BlaP from Bacillus licheniformis 749/I during its thermal denaturation. The results show that BCD07056 strongly increases the refolding yield of BlaPChBD after thermal denaturation and constitutes an excellent additive to stabilize the protein over time at room temperature. Our data suggest that BCD07056 acts early in the denaturation process by preventing the formation of an intermediate which leads to an aggregated state. Finally, the role of beta-CD derivatives on the stability of proteins is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural characterization of recombinant bovine Goalpha by spectroscopy and homology modeling
Tiber, Pinar Mega; Orun, Oya; Nacar, Cevdet et al

in Spectroscopy (2011), 26

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See detailRelationship between propeptide pH unfolding and inhibitory ability during ProDer p 1 activation mechanism
Chevigné, Andy ULiege; Barumandzadeh, Roya ULiege; Groslambert, Sylvie et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (2007), 374(1), 170-185

The major allergen Der p1 of the house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus is a papain-like cysteine protease (CA1) produced as an inactive precursor and associated with allergic diseases. The ... [more ▼]

The major allergen Der p1 of the house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus is a papain-like cysteine protease (CA1) produced as an inactive precursor and associated with allergic diseases. The propeptide of Der p I exhibits a specific fold that makes it unique in the CA1 propeptide family. In this study, we investigated the activation steps involved in the maturation of the recombinant protease Der p 1 expressed in Pichia pastoris and the interaction of the full-length and truncated soluble propepticles with their parent enzyme in terms of activity inhibition and BIAcore interaction analysis. According to our results, the activation of protease Der p 1 is a multistep mechanism that is characterized by at least two intermediates. The propeptide strongly inhibits unglycosylated and glycosylated recombinant Der p 1 (K-D = 7 nM) at neutral pH. This inhibition is pH dependent. It decreases from pH 7 to pH 4 and can be related to conformational changes of the propepticle characterized by an increase of its flexibility and formation of a molten globule state. Our results indicate that activation of the zymogen at pH 4 is a compromise between activity preservation and propeptide unfolding. (c) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailReduced global copperativity is a common feature underlying the amyloidogenicity of pathogenic lysozyme mutations
Dumoulin, Mireille ULiege; Canet, Denis; Last, Alexander M. et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (2005), 346(3), 773-788

One of the 20 or so human amyloid diseases is associated with the deposition in vital organs of full-length mutational variants of the antibacterial protein lysozyme. Here, we report experimental data ... [more ▼]

One of the 20 or so human amyloid diseases is associated with the deposition in vital organs of full-length mutational variants of the antibacterial protein lysozyme. Here, we report experimental data that permit a detailed comparison to be made of the behaviour of two of these amyloidogenic variants, I56T and D67H, under identical conditions. Hydrogen/deuterium exchange experiments monitored by NMR and mass spectrometry reveal that, despite their different locations and the different effects of the two mutations on the structure of the native state of lysozyme, both mutations cause a cooperative destabilisation of a remarkably similar segment of the structure, comprising in both cases the beta-domain and the adjacent C-helix. As a result, both variant proteins populate transiently a closely similar, partially unstructured intermediate in which the beta-domain and the adjacent C-helix are substantially and simultaneously unfolded, whereas the three remaining a-helices that form the core of the a-domain still have their native-like structure. We show, in addition, that the binding of a camel antibody fragment, cAb-HuL6, which was raised against wild-type lysozyme, restores to both variant proteins the stability and cooperativity characteristic of the wild-type protein; as a consequence, it inhibits the formation of amyloid fibrils by both variants. These results indicate that the reduction in global cooperativity, an associated ability to populate transiently a specific, partly unfolded intermediate state under physiologically relevant conditions, is a common feature underlying the behaviour of these two pathogenic mutations. The formation of intermolecular interactions between lysozyme molecules that are in this partially unfolded state is therefore likely to be the fundamental trigger of the aggregation process that ultimately leads to the formation and deposition in tissue of amyloid fibrils. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailSecondary-structure characterization by far-UV CD of highly purified uncoupling protein 1 expressed in yeast
Douette, Pierre ULiege; Navet, Rachel ULiege; Bouillenne, Fabrice ULiege et al

in Biochemical Journal (2004), 380(Pt 1), 139-145

The rat UCP1 (uncoupling protein 1) is a mitochondrial inner-membrane carrier involved in energy dissipation and heat production. We expressed UCP1 carrying a His(6) epitope at its C-terminus in ... [more ▼]

The rat UCP1 (uncoupling protein 1) is a mitochondrial inner-membrane carrier involved in energy dissipation and heat production. We expressed UCP1 carrying a His(6) epitope at its C-terminus in Saccharomyces cerevisiae mitochondria. The recombinant-tagged UCP1 was purified by immobilized metal-ion affinity chromatography to homogeneity (>95 %). This made it suitable for subsequent biophysical characterization. Fluorescence resonance energy transfer experiments showed that n-dodecyl-beta-D-maltoside-solubilized UCPI-His(6) retained its PN (purine nucleotide)-binding capacity. The far-UV CD spectrum of the functional protein clearly indicated the predominance of a-helices in the UCP1 secondary structure. The UCP1 secondary structure exhibited an alpha-helical degree of approx. 68 %, which is at least 25 % higher than the previously reported estimations based on computational predictions. Moreover, the helical content remained unchanged in free and PN-loaded UCP1. A homology model of the first repeat of UCP1, built on the basis of X-ray-solved close parent, the ADP/ATP carrier, strengthened the CD experimental results. Our experimental and computational results indicate that (i) alpha-helices are the major component of UCP1 secondary structure; (ii) PN-binding mechanism does not involve significant secondary-structure rearrangement; and (iii) UCP1 shares similar secondary-structure characteristics with the ADP/ATP carrier, at least for the first repeat. [less ▲]

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