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A biosynthetic filiation is postulated between the mycobacterial phosphatidyl-myo-inositol mannosides (PIMs), the lipomannans (LMs) and the lipoarabinomannans (LAMs), the major antigens of the envelopes. Moreover, as the PI anchor is thought to play a role in the biological functions of the LAMs, we characterized the lipid moiety of the PI anchor from(More)
Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases of higher eukaryotes possess polypeptide extensions in contrast to their prokaryotic counterparts. These extra domains of poorly understood function are believed to be involved in protein-protein or protein-RNA interactions. Here we showed by gel retardation and filter binding experiments that the repeated units that build the(More)
Lipoarabinomannans are major mycobacterial antigens capable of modulating the host immune response; however, the molecular basis underlying the diversity of their immunological properties remain an open question. In this study a new extraction and purification approach was successfully applied to isolate ManLAMs (lipoarabinomannans with mannosyl extensions)(More)
DNA binding of the ethanol regulon transcription factor AlcR from Aspergillus nidulans was shown to involve a consensus basic region as in the other zinc cluster proteins. However, additional interactions between some residues and DNA were suspected, among which were a hypothetic hydrophobic interaction between Trp45 and the T residue of the consensus TGCGG(More)
BACKGROUND In Aspergillus nidulans, the transcription activator AlcR mediates specific induction of a number of the genes of the alc cluster. This cluster includes genes involved in the oxidation of ethanol and other alcohols to acetate. The pattern of binding and of transactivation of AlcR is unique within the Zn(2)Cys(6) family. The structural bases for(More)
The three-dimensional structure of the DNA-binding domain (residues 1-60) of the ethanol regulon transcription factor AlcR from Aspergillus nidulans has been solved by NMR. This domain belongs to the zinc binuclear cluster class. Although the core of the protein is similar to previously characterized structures, consisting of two helices organized around a(More)
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