Angelo Merli

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Atomic (1 A) resolution x-ray structures of horse liver alcohol dehydrogenase in complex with NADH revealed the formation of an adduct in the active site between a metal-bound water and NADH. Furthermore, a pronounced distortion of the pyridine ring of NADH was observed. A series of quantum chemical calculations on the water-nicotinamide adduct showed that(More)
The polarized absorption spectra of the cobalt chromophore in orthorhombic crystals of bovine Cu,Co superoxide dismutase (SOD), bearing the copper ion in both the oxidized and the reduced states, are reported together with the calculated isotropic spectrum. All the absorption bands are polarized and a spectral shift, from 598 nm to 588 nm, is observed in(More)
The analogue of ATP, 2'(3')-O-(2,4,6-trinitrophenyl)adenosine 5'-triphosphate (TNP-ATP), binds tightly to pig muscle 3-phosphoglycerate kinase. A dissociation constant Kd of 0.0095 +/- 0.0015 mM was determined by fluorimetric titration on the basis of 1:1 stoichiometry. TNP-ATP is a strong competitive inhibitor towards MgATP and MgADP with a Ki of 0.008 +/-(More)
Phosphoglycerate kinase (PGK) is the enzyme responsible for the first ATP-generating step of glycolysis and has been implicated extensively in oncogenesis and its development. Solution small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) data, in combination with crystal structures of the enzyme in complex with substrate and product analogues, reveal a new conformation for(More)
In many biochemical processes, proteins need to bind partners amidst a sea of other molecules. Generally, partner selection is achieved by formation of a single-orientation complex with well-defined, short-range interactions. We describe a protein network that functions effectively in a metabolic electron transfer process but lacks such specific(More)
The domain closure associated with the catalytic cycle is described at an atomic level, based on pairwise comparison of the X-ray structures of homodimeric Thermus thermophilus isopropylmalate dehydrogenase (IPMDH), and on their detailed molecular graphical analysis. The structures of the apo-form without substrate and in complex with the divalent metal-ion(More)
Cytoplasmic monomeric hemoglobin I from the bacteria-harboring gill of the bivalve mollusc Lucina pectinata has been crystallized in a form suitable for atomic resolution X-ray structural investigations. The crystals have been grown at pH 4.8, in 0.05 M-acetate buffer, using 2.6 M-ammonium sulfate as precipitating agent. The crystals belong to the(More)