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See detailThe crystal structure of the cell division amidase AmiC reveals the fold of the AMIN domain, a new peptidoglycan binding domain.
Rocaboy, Mathieu; Herman, Raphaël ULiege; Sauvage, Eric ULiege et al

in Molecular microbiology (2013)

Binary fission is the ultimate step of the prokaryotic cell cycle. In Gram-negative bacteria like Escherichia coli, this step implies the invagination of three biological layers (cytoplasmic membrane ... [more ▼]

Binary fission is the ultimate step of the prokaryotic cell cycle. In Gram-negative bacteria like Escherichia coli, this step implies the invagination of three biological layers (cytoplasmic membrane, peptidoglycan and outer membrane), biosynthesis of the new poles and eventually, daughter cells separation. The latter requires the coordinated action of the N-acetylmuramyl-L-alanine amidases AmiA/B/C and their LytM activators EnvC and NlpD to cleave the septal peptidoglycan. We present here the 2.5 A crystal structure of AmiC which includes the first report of an AMIN domain structure, a beta-sandwich of two symmetrical four-stranded beta-sheets exposing highly conserved motifs on the two outer faces. We show that this N-terminal domain, involved in the localization of AmiC at the division site, is a new peptidoglycan-binding domain. The C-terminal catalytic domain shows an auto-inhibitory alpha helix obstructing the active site. AmiC lacking this helix exhibits by itself an activity comparable to that of the wild type AmiC activated by NlpD. We also demonstrate the interaction between AmiC and NlpD by microscale thermophoresis and confirm the importance of the active site blocking alpha helix in the regulation of the amidase activity. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystal structure of the cold-active aminopeptidase from Colwellia psychrerythraea, a close structural homologue of the human bifunctional leukotriene A4 hydrolase
Bauvois, Cédric; Jacquamet, Lilian; Huston, Adrienne L. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2008), 283(34), 23315-25

The crystal structure of a cold-active aminopeptidase (ColAP) from Colwellia psychrerythraea strain 34H has been determined, extending the number of crystal structures of the M1 metallopeptidase family to ... [more ▼]

The crystal structure of a cold-active aminopeptidase (ColAP) from Colwellia psychrerythraea strain 34H has been determined, extending the number of crystal structures of the M1 metallopeptidase family to four among the 436 members currently identified. In agreement with their sequence similarity, the overall structure of ColAP displayed a high correspondence with leukotriene A4 hydrolase (LTA4H), a human bifunctional enzyme that converts leukotriene A4 (LTA4) in the potent chemoattractant leukotriene B4. Indeed, both enzymes are composed of three domains, an N-terminal saddle-like domain, a catalytic thermolysin-like domain, and a less conserved C-terminal alpha-helical flat spiral domain. Together, these domains form a deep cavity harboring the zinc binding site formed by residues included in the conserved HEXXHX(18)H motif. A detailed structural comparison of these enzymes revealed several plausible determinants of ColAP cold adaptation. The main differences involve specific amino acid substitutions, loop content and solvent exposure, complexity and distribution of ion pairs, and differential domain flexibilities. Such elements may act synergistically to allow conformational flexibility needed for an efficient catalysis in cold environments. Furthermore, the region of ColAP corresponding to the aminopeptidase active site of LTA4H is much more conserved than the suggested LTA4 substrate binding region. This observation supports the hypothesis that this region of the LTA4H active site has evolved in order to fit the lipidic substrate. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystal structure of the EF-hand parvalbumin at atomic resolution (0.91 Å) and at low temperature (100 K). Evidence for conformational multistates within the hydrophobic core.
Declercq, Jean-Paul; Evrard, Christine ULiege; Lamzin, Victor et al

in Protein Science : A Publication of the Protein Society (1999), 8

Several crystal structures of parvalbumin (Parv), a typical EF-hand protein, have been reported so far for different species with the best resolution achieving 1.5 Å. Using a crystal grown under ... [more ▼]

Several crystal structures of parvalbumin (Parv), a typical EF-hand protein, have been reported so far for different species with the best resolution achieving 1.5 Å. Using a crystal grown under microgravity conditions, cryotechniques (100 K), and synchrotron radiation, it has now been possible to determine the crystal structure of the fully Ca2+ loaded form of pike (component pI 4.10) Parv.Ca2 at atomic resolution (0.91 Å). The availability of such a high quality structure offers the opportunity to contribute to the definition of the validation tools useful for the refinement of protein crystal structures determined to lower resolution. Besides a better definition of most of the elements in the protein threedimensional structure than in previous studies, the high accuracy thus achieved allows the detection of well-defined alternate conformations, which are observed for 16 residues out of 107 in total. Among them, six occupy an internal position within the hydrophobic core and converge toward two small buried cavities with a total volume of about 60 Å3. There is no indication of any water molecule present in these cavities. It is probable that at temperatures of physiological conditions there is a dynamic interconversion between these alternate conformations in an energy-barrier dependent manner. Such motions for which the amplitudes are provided by the present study will be associated with a timedependent remodeling of the void internal space as part of a slow dynamics regime (millisecond timescales) of the parvalbumin molecule. The relevance of such internal dynamics to function is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystal Structure of the Extended-Spectrum β -Lactamase PER-2 and Insights into the Role of Specific Residues in the Interaction with β -Lactams and β -Lactamase Inhibitors
Ruggiero, Melina; Kerff, Frédéric ULiege; Herman, Raphaël ULiege et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2014), 58(10), 5994-6002

PER-2 belongs to a small (7 members to date) group of extended-spectrum beta-lactamases. It has 88% amino acid identity with PER-1 and both display high catalytic efficiencies toward most beta-lactams. In ... [more ▼]

PER-2 belongs to a small (7 members to date) group of extended-spectrum beta-lactamases. It has 88% amino acid identity with PER-1 and both display high catalytic efficiencies toward most beta-lactams. In this study, we determined the X-ray structure of PER-2 at 2.20 A and evaluated the possible role of several residues in the structure and activity toward beta-lactams and mechanism-based inhibitors. PER-2 is defined by the presence of a singular trans bond between residues 166 to 167, which generates an inverted Omega loop, an expanded fold of this domain that results in a wide active site cavity that allows for efficient hydrolysis of antibiotics like the oxyimino-cephalosporins, and a series of exclusive interactions between residues not frequently involved in the stabilization of the active site in other class A beta-lactamases. PER beta-lactamases might be included within a cluster of evolutionarily related enzymes harboring the conserved residues Asp136 and Asn179. Other signature residues that define these enzymes seem to be Gln69, Arg220, Thr237, and probably Arg/Lys240A ("A" indicates an insertion according to Ambler's scheme for residue numbering in PER beta-lactamases), with structurally important roles in the stabilization of the active site and proper orientation of catalytic water molecules, among others. We propose, supported by simulated models of PER-2 in combination with different beta-lactams, the presence of a hydrogen-bond network connecting Ser70-Gln69-water-Thr237-Arg220 that might be important for the proper activity and inhibition of the enzyme. Therefore, we expect that mutations occurring in these positions will have impacts on the overall hydrolytic behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystal structure of the IMP-1 metallo beta-lactamase from Pseudomonas aeruginosa and its complex with a mercaptocarboxylate inhibitor: binding determinants of a potent, broad-spectrum inhibitor.
Concha, N. O.; Janson, C. A.; Rowling, P. et al

in Biochemistry (2000), 39(15), 4288-98

Metallo beta-lactamase enzymes confer antibiotic resistance to bacteria by catalyzing the hydrolysis of beta-lactam antibiotics. This relatively new form of resistance is spreading unchallenged as there ... [more ▼]

Metallo beta-lactamase enzymes confer antibiotic resistance to bacteria by catalyzing the hydrolysis of beta-lactam antibiotics. This relatively new form of resistance is spreading unchallenged as there is a current lack of potent and selective inhibitors of metallo beta-lactamases. Reported here are the crystal structures of the native IMP-1 metallo beta-lactamase from Pseudomonas aeruginosa and its complex with a mercaptocarboxylate inhibitor, 2-[5-(1-tetrazolylmethyl)thien-3-yl]-N-[2-(mercaptomethyl)-4 -(phenylb utyrylglycine)]. The structures were determined by molecular replacement, and refined to 3.1 A (native) and 2.0 A (complex) resolution. Binding of the inhibitor in the active site induces a conformational change that results in closing of the flap and transforms the active site groove into a tunnel-shaped cavity enclosing 83% of the solvent accessible surface area of the inhibitor. The inhibitor binds in the active site through interactions with residues that are conserved among metallo beta-lactamases; the inhibitor's carboxylate group interacts with Lys161, and the main chain amide nitrogen of Asn167. In the "oxyanion hole", the amide carbonyl oxygen of the inhibitor interacts through a water molecule with the side chain of Asn167, the inhibitor's thiolate bridges the two Zn(II) ions in the active site displacing the bridging water, and the phenylbutyryl side chain binds in a hydrophobic pocket (S1) at the base of the flap. The flap is displaced 2.9 A compared to the unbound structure, allowing Trp28 to interact edge-to-face with the inhibitor's thiophene ring. The similarities between this inhibitor and the beta-lactam substrates suggest a mode of substrate binding and the role of the conserved residues in the active site. It appears that the metallo beta-lactamases bind their substrates by establishing a subset of binding interactions near the catalytic center with conserved characteristic chemical groups of the beta-lactam substrates. These interactions are complemented by additional nonspecific binding between the more variable groups in the substrates and the flexible flap. This unique mode of binding of the mercaptocarboxylate inhibitor in the enzyme active site provides a binding model for metallo beta-lactamase inhibition with utility for future drug design. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystal Structure of the Lysozyme from Bacteriophage Lambda and its Relationship with V and C-type Lysozymes
Evrard, Christine ULiege; Fastrez, Jacques; Declercq, Jean-Paul

in Journal of Molecular Biology (1998), 276

Like other lysozymes, the bacteriophage lambda lysozyme is involved in the digestion of bacterial walls. This enzyme is remarkable in that its mechanism of action is different from the classical lysozyme ... [more ▼]

Like other lysozymes, the bacteriophage lambda lysozyme is involved in the digestion of bacterial walls. This enzyme is remarkable in that its mechanism of action is different from the classical lysozyme's mechanism. From the point of view of protein evolution, it shows features of lysozymes from different classes. The crystal structure of the enzyme in which all tryptophan residues have been replaced by aza-tryptophan has been solved by X-ray crystallography at 2.3 Å using a combination of multiple isomorphous replacement, non-crystallographic symmetry averaging and density modification techniques. There are three molecules in the asymmetric unit. The characteristic structural elements of lysozymes are conserved: each molecule is organized in two domains connected by a helix and the essential catalytic residue (Glu19) is located in the depth of a cleft between the two domains. This cleft shows an open conformation in two of the independent molecules, while access to the cavity is much more restricted in the last one. A structural alignment with T4 lysozyme and hen egg white lysozyme allows us to superpose about 60 Cα atoms with a rms distance close to 2 Å. The best alignments concern the helix preceding the catalytic residue, some parts of the beta sheets and the helix joining the two domains. The results of sequence alignments with the V and C lysozymes, in which weak local similarities had been detected, are compared with the structural results. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystal structure of the Mycobacterium fortuitum class A beta-lactamase: structural basis for broad substrate specificity.
Sauvage, Eric ULiege; Fonze, Eveline; Quinting, Birgit et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2006), 50(7), 2516-21

beta-Lactamases are the main cause of bacterial resistance to penicillins and cephalosporins. Class A beta-lactamases, the largest group of beta-lactamases, have been found in many bacterial strains ... [more ▼]

beta-Lactamases are the main cause of bacterial resistance to penicillins and cephalosporins. Class A beta-lactamases, the largest group of beta-lactamases, have been found in many bacterial strains, including mycobacteria, for which no beta-lactamase structure has been previously reported. The crystal structure of the class A beta-lactamase from Mycobacterium fortuitum (MFO) has been solved at 2.13-A resolution. The enzyme is a chromosomally encoded broad-spectrum beta-lactamase with low specific activity on cefotaxime. Specific features of the active site of the class A beta-lactamase from M. fortuitum are consistent with its specificity profile. Arg278 and Ser237 favor cephalosporinase activity and could explain its broad substrate activity. The MFO active site presents similarities with the CTX-M type extended-spectrum beta-lactamases but lacks a specific feature of these enzymes, the VNYN motif (residues 103 to 106), which confers on CTX-M-type extended-spectrum beta-lactamases a more efficient cefotaximase activity. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystal structure of the sensor domain of the BlaR penicillin receptor from Bacillus licheniformis
Kerff, Frédéric ULiege; Charlier, Paulette ULiege; Colombo, Maria Louisa et al

in Biochemistry (2003), 42(44), 12835-12843

As in several staphylococci, the synthesis of the Bacillus licheniformis 749/I beta-lactamase is an inducible phenomenon regulated by a signal-transducing membrane protein BlaR. The C-terminal domain of ... [more ▼]

As in several staphylococci, the synthesis of the Bacillus licheniformis 749/I beta-lactamase is an inducible phenomenon regulated by a signal-transducing membrane protein BlaR. The C-terminal domain of this multimodular protein is an extracellular domain which specifically recognizes beta-lactam antibiotics. When it binds a beta-lactam, a signal is transmitted by the transmembrane region to the intracellular loops. In response, the hydrolytic activity of the BlaR large cytoplasmic L3 loop is induced, and a cascade of reactions is generated, leading to the transcription of the beta-lactamase gene. Here, we describe the crystal structure of the extracellular penicillin-receptor domain of BlaR (residues 346-601) at 2.5 Angstrom resolution in order to understand why this domain, whose folding is very similar to that of class D beta-lactamases, behaves as a highly sensitive penicillin-binding protein rather than a beta-lactamase. Two residues of the BlaR C-terminal domain, Thr452 and Thr542, modify the hydrophobic characteristic of the class D beta-lactamase active site. Both residues seem to be in part responsible for the lack of beta-lactamase activity of the BlaR protein due to the stability of the acyl-enzyme. Although further experimental data are needed to fully understand the transmembrane induction process, the comparison of the BlaR sensor domain structure with those of class D beta-lactamase complexes and penicillin-binding proteins provides interesting elements to hypothesize on possible signal transmission mechanisms. [less ▲]

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See detailThe crystal structure of the β-lactamase of Streptomyces albus G at 0.3 nm resolution
Dideberg, Otto; Charlier, Paulette ULiege; Wery, Jean-Paul et al

in Biochemical Journal (1987), 245(3), 911-913

The crystal structure of the beta-lactamase of Streptomyces albus G has been solved at 0.3 nm resolution by X-ray-diffraction methods. The enzyme is a typical two-domain protein. One domain consists of ... [more ▼]

The crystal structure of the beta-lactamase of Streptomyces albus G has been solved at 0.3 nm resolution by X-ray-diffraction methods. The enzyme is a typical two-domain protein. One domain consists of five alpha-helices, and the other is five-stranded beta-sheet with alpha-helices on both sides of the sheet. The active-site serine residue (Ser-48) is within a cleft located between the two domains. [less ▲]

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See detailThe crystal structure of triosephosphate isomerase (TIM) from Thermotoga maritima: a comparative thermostability structural analysis of ten different TIM structures
Maes, Dominique; Zeelen, Johan P.; Thanki, Narmada et al

in Proteins (1999), 37(3), 441-53

The molecular mechanisms that evolution has been employing to adapt to environmental temperatures are poorly understood. To gain some further insight into this subject we solved the crystal structure of ... [more ▼]

The molecular mechanisms that evolution has been employing to adapt to environmental temperatures are poorly understood. To gain some further insight into this subject we solved the crystal structure of triosephosphate isomerase (TIM) from the hyperthermophilic bacterium Thermotoga maritima (TmTIM). The enzyme is a tetramer, assembled as a dimer of dimers, suggesting that the tetrameric wild-type phosphoglycerate kinase PGK-TIM fusion protein consists of a core of two TIM dimers covalently linked to 4 PGK units. The crystal structure of TmTIM represents the most thermostable TIM presently known in its 3D-structure. It adds to a series of nine known TIM structures from a wide variety of organisms, spanning the range from psychrophiles to hyperthermophiles. Several properties believed to be involved in the adaptation to different temperatures were calculated and compared for all ten structures. No sequence preferences, correlated with thermal stability, were apparent from the amino acid composition or from the analysis of the loops and secondary structure elements of the ten TIMs. A common feature for both psychrophilic and T. maritima TIM is the large number of salt bridges compared with the number found in mesophilic TIMs. In the two thermophilic TIMs, the highest amount of accessible hydrophobic surface is buried during the folding and assembly process. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystal structure of trisodium iron diphosphate, Na2.88Fe(PO4)(2), a synthetic phosphate with hannayite-type heteropolyhedral chains
Hatert, Frédéric ULiege

in Zeitschrift für Kristallographie. New Crystal Structures (2007), 222(1), 6-8

FeNa2.88O8P2, triclinic, P (1) over bar (no. 2), a 5.3141(6) b = 8.5853(9) angstrom, c = 8.7859(8) angstrom, alpha = 114.429(9)degrees, beta = 92.327(9)degrees, gamma = 106.08(1)degrees, V = 345.1 ... [more ▼]

FeNa2.88O8P2, triclinic, P (1) over bar (no. 2), a 5.3141(6) b = 8.5853(9) angstrom, c = 8.7859(8) angstrom, alpha = 114.429(9)degrees, beta = 92.327(9)degrees, gamma = 106.08(1)degrees, V = 345.1 angstrom(3),Z = 2, Rgt(F) = 0.028, wR(ref)(F-2) = 0.087, T = 293 K. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystal structures of complexes of bacterial DD-peptidases with peptidoglycan-mimetic ligands: the substrate specificity puzzle.
Sauvage, Eric ULiege; Powell, Ailsa J; Heilemann, Jason et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (2008), 381(2), 383-93

The X-ray crystal structures of covalent complexes of the Actinomadura R39 dd-peptidase and Escherichia coli penicillin-binding protein (PBP) 5 with beta-lactams bearing peptidoglycan-mimetic side chains ... [more ▼]

The X-ray crystal structures of covalent complexes of the Actinomadura R39 dd-peptidase and Escherichia coli penicillin-binding protein (PBP) 5 with beta-lactams bearing peptidoglycan-mimetic side chains have been determined. The structure of the hydrolysis product of an analogous peptide bound noncovalently to the former enzyme has also been obtained. The R39 DD-peptidase structures reveal the presence of a specific binding site for the D-alpha-aminopimelyl side chain, characteristic of the stem peptide of Actinomadura R39. This binding site features a hydrophobic cleft for the pimelyl methylene groups and strong hydrogen bonding to the polar terminus. Both of these active site elements are provided by amino acid side chains from two separate domains of the protein. In contrast, no clear electron density corresponding to the terminus of the peptidoglycan-mimetic side chains is present when these beta-lactams are covalently bound to PBP5. There is, therefore, no indication of a specific side-chain binding site in this enzyme. These results are in agreement with those from kinetics studies published earlier and support the general prediction made at the time of a direct correlation between kinetics and structural evidence. The essential high-molecular-mass PBPs have demonstrated, to date, no specific reactivity with peptidoglycan-mimetic peptide substrates and beta-lactam inhibitors and, thus, probably do not possess a specific substrate-binding site of the type demonstrated here with the R39 DD-peptidase. This striking deficiency may represent a sophisticated defense mechanism against low-molecular-mass substrate-analogue inhibitors/antibiotics; its discovery should focus new inhibitor design. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystal structures of oxidized and reduced forms of human mitochondrial thioredoxin 2
Smeets, Aude; Evrard, Christine ULiege; Landtmeters, Marie et al

in Protein Science : A Publication of the Protein Society (2005), 14

Mammalian thioredoxin 2 is a mitochondrial isoform of highly evolutionary conserved thioredoxins. Thioredoxins are small ubiquitous protein–disulfide oxidoreductases implicated in a large variety of ... [more ▼]

Mammalian thioredoxin 2 is a mitochondrial isoform of highly evolutionary conserved thioredoxins. Thioredoxins are small ubiquitous protein–disulfide oxidoreductases implicated in a large variety of biological functions. In mammals, thioredoxin 2 is encoded by a nuclear gene and is targeted to mitochondria by a N-terminal mitochondrial presequence. Recently, mitochondrial thioredoxin 2 was shown to interact with components of the mitochondrial respiratory chain and to play a role in the control of mitochondrial membrane potential, regulating mitochondrial apoptosis signaling pathway. Here we report the first crystal structures of a mammalian mitochondrial thioredoxin 2. Crystal forms of reduced and oxidized human thioredoxin 2 are described at 2.0 and 1.8A ˚ resolution. Though the folding is rather similar to that of human cytosolic/nuclear thioredoxin 1, important differences are observed during the transition between the oxidized and the reduced states of human thioredoxin 2, compared with human thioredoxin 1. In spite of the absence of the Cys residue implicated in dimer formation in human thioredoxin 1, dimerization still occurs in the crystal structure of human thioredoxin 2, mainly mediated by hydrophobic contacts, and the dimers are associated to form two-dimensional polymers. Interestingly, the structure of human thioredoxin 2 reveals possible interaction domains with human peroxiredoxin 5, a substrate protein of human thioredoxin 2 in mitochondria. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystal structures of the Bacillus licheniformis BS3 class A beta-lactamase and of the acyl-enzyme adduct formed with cefoxitin
Fonzé, Evelyne; Vanhove, Mac; Dive, Georges ULiege et al

in Biochemistry (2002), 41(6), 1877-1885

The Bacillus licheniformis BS3 beta-lactamase catalyzes the hydrolysis of the beta-lactam ring of penicillins, cephalosporins, and related compounds. The production of beta-lactamases is the most common ... [more ▼]

The Bacillus licheniformis BS3 beta-lactamase catalyzes the hydrolysis of the beta-lactam ring of penicillins, cephalosporins, and related compounds. The production of beta-lactamases is the most common and thoroughly studied cause of antibiotic resistance. Although they escape the hydrolytic activity of the prototypical Staphylococcus aureus beta-lactamase, many cephems are good substrates for a large number of beta-lactamases. However, the introduction of a 7alpha-methoxy substituent, as in cefoxitin, extends their antibacterial spectrum to many cephalosporin-resistant Gram-negative bacteria. The 7alphamethoxy group selectively reduces the hydrolytic action of many beta-lactamases without having a significant effect on the affinity for the target enzymes, the membrane penicillin-binding proteins. We report here the crystallographic structures of the BS3 enzyme and its acyl-enzyme adduct with cefoxitin at 1.7 Angstrom resolution. The comparison of the two structures reveals a covalent acyl-enzyme adduct with perturbed active site geometry, involving a different conformation of the Omega-loop that bears the essential catalytic Glu166 residue. This deformation is induced by the cefoxitin side chain whose position is constrained by the presence of the alpha-methoxy group. The hydrolytic water molecule is also removed from the active site by the 7beta-carbonyl of the acyl intermediate. In light of the interactions and steric hindrances in the active site of the structure of the BS3-cefoxitin acyl-enzyme adduct, the crucial role of the conserved Asn132 residue is confirmed and a better understanding of the kinetic results emerges. [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 ULiege; Gerday, Charles ULiege et al

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

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See detailCrystal-field effects on the thermal conductivity of localized spin metallic compounds
Rassili, Ahmed ULiege; Durczewski, K.; Ausloos, Marcel ULiege

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (1998), 58(9), 5665-5671

The influence of the crystal-electric-field (CEF) splitting on the thermal conductivity is calculated on the basis of a two-level system model applicable to intermetallic magnetic compounds. The localized ... [more ▼]

The influence of the crystal-electric-field (CEF) splitting on the thermal conductivity is calculated on the basis of a two-level system model applicable to intermetallic magnetic compounds. The localized spin scattering contribution kappa(s), in a manner similar to the total electronic thermal conductivity kappa(e), shows a larger increase at low and intermediate temperatures as compared to the case iii which-no crystal-electric-field splitting is taken into account. The influence of some theoretical parameters is also discussed. It is shown that the CEF effect enhances the effect of the magnetic scattering potential, and impurity contributions screen such an enhancement at temperatures below the Debye temperature. Other scattering contributions, e.g., electron-phonon and electron impurities, are also taken into account in our calculation. The theory is in quantitative agreement with data on RA1(2) systems taken as test cases, and leads to values of the level splitting in the 50 K range. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystallisation-driven self-assembly of poly(2-isopropyl-2- oxazoline)-block-poly(2-methyl-2-oxazoline) above the LCST
Legros, Camille ULiege; De Pauw-Gillet, Marie-Claire ULiege; Tam, Kam Chiu et al

in Soft Matter (2015)

The solution behaviour in water of a polyoxazoline-type block copolymer, namely poly(2- isopropyl-2-oxazoline)-block-poly(2-methyl-2-oxazoline), denoted as P(iPrOx-b-MeOx), above the lower critical ... [more ▼]

The solution behaviour in water of a polyoxazoline-type block copolymer, namely poly(2- isopropyl-2-oxazoline)-block-poly(2-methyl-2-oxazoline), denoted as P(iPrOx-b-MeOx), above the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of the PiPrOx block was exploited to induce a temporary or permanent self-assembly. Spherical micelles were first obtained and could be disassembled in a reversible manner when kept for a short period of time (i.e. t < 1h30) above the LCST, and cooled down to room temperature. In contrast, annealing the copolymer solution for more than 1h30 at 65 °C induced the crystallisation of the PiPrOx block, as evidenced by wide angle X-ray scattering (WAXS) experiments. This crystallisationdriven self-assembly phenomenon resulted in different morphologies, including spherical and distorted crystallised micelles and micron-size fibers, their relative proportion varying with annealing time. Formation of micron-size range fiber-like structures might be explained by a re-organization of parent crystallised micelles. The crystal structure, as determined by WAXS, appeared to be identical to that of the PiPrOx homopolymer. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystallization and Gelation Behavior of Low- and High Melting Waxes in Rice Bran Oil: a Case-Study on Berry Wax and Sunflower Wax
Doan, Chi Diem; Tavernier, Iris; Bin Sintang, Mohd Dona et al

in Food Biophysics (2017), 12

Low-melting berry wax (BEW) has proven to be a good oil gelator with a positive contribution to the consistency and flexibility of the structured oil. Nevertheless, the properties of BEWand the ... [more ▼]

Low-melting berry wax (BEW) has proven to be a good oil gelator with a positive contribution to the consistency and flexibility of the structured oil. Nevertheless, the properties of BEWand the corresponding oleogel have not yet been investigated in-depth. In this research, the difference in crystallization and gelling behavior between sunflower wax (SW), a high melting wax, and BEW, a low-melting wax, in rice bran oil (RBO) was investigated. The difference in melting and crystallization temperatures can be explained by the different chemical composition (long-chain wax esters in SWand shortchain fatty acids in BEW). The heterogeneity in crystal habits (unidirectional platelets versus microcrystalline particles) and polymorphism (orthorhombic versus hexagonal) are responsible for the varying gel strength and hardness of the respective SWand BEW-oleogels. The microcrystalline BEW particles aligned and reorganized during 1-month storage at 5 °C, which leaded to an increase in the gel strength and hardness of BEW-oleogel. The gelling property of SW-oleogel however did not significantly differ after 4 weeks at 5 °C, despite of the appearance of spherulitic crystalline clusters. The changes in the physical properties of wax-based oleogels during storage time were further explored using differential scanning calorimetry, polarized light microscope, powder X-ray diffraction and rheology. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystallization and morphologies of waxes in rice bran oil
Diem Doan, Chi; Patel, Ashok R.; Danthine, Sabine ULiege et al

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