Bertrand Morel

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Understanding the earliest molecular events during nucleation of the amyloid aggregation cascade is of fundamental significance to prevent amyloid related disorders. We report here an experimental kinetic analysis of the amyloid aggregation of the N47A mutant of the α-spectrin SH3 domain (N47A Spc-SH3) under mild acid conditions, where it is governed by(More)
Here we report the first crystal structure of the SH3 domain of the cellular Src tyrosine kinase (c-Src-SH3) domain on its own. In the crystal two molecules of c-Src-SH3 exchange their -RT loops generating an intertwined dimer, in which the two SH3 units, preserving the binding site configuration, are oriented to allow simultaneous binding of two ligand(More)
UNLABELLED The remarkable metal resistance of many microorganisms is related to the presence of multiple metal resistance operons. Pseudomonas putida KT2440 can be considered a model for these microorganisms since its arsenic resistance is due to the action of proteins encoded by the two paralogous arsenic resistance operons ARS1 and ARS2. Both operons(More)
In contrast to the thermal unfolding of native proteins, very few studies of the thermally induced melting of amyloid fibrils have been reported to date due to the complex nature of these protein aggregates and the lack of theoretical formalisms to rationalize the data. In this work, we analyzed the thermal melting of the amyloid fibrils of the N47A mutant(More)
We report the identification of McpS as the specific chemoreceptor for 6 tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle intermediates and butyrate in Pseudomonas putida. The analysis of the bacterial mutant deficient in mcpS and complementation assays demonstrate that McpS is the only chemoreceptor of TCA cycle intermediates in the strain under study. TCA cycle(More)
High-affinity, high-selectivity protein-protein interactions that are critical for cell survival present an evolutionary paradox: How does selectivity evolve when acquired mutations risk a lethal loss of high-affinity binding? A detailed understanding of selectivity in such complexes requires structural information on weak, noncognate complexes which can be(More)
To understand and tackle amyloid-related diseases, it is crucial to investigate the factors that modulate amyloid formation of proteins. Our previous studies proved that the N47A mutant of the α-spectrin SH3 (Spc-SH3) domain forms amyloid fibrils quickly under mildly acidic conditions. Here, we analyze how experimental conditions influence the kinetics of(More)
The Src-homology region 3 domain of chicken alpha-spectrin (Spc-SH3) is a small two-state folding protein, which has never been described to form amyloid fibrils under any condition investigated so far. We show here that the mutation of asparagine 47 to alanine at the distal loop, which destabilises similarly the native and folding transition states of the(More)
Inorganic phosphate (Pi) is a central signaling molecule that modulates virulence in various pathogens. In Pseudomonas aeruginosa, low Pi concentrations induce transcriptional alterations that increase virulence. Also, under low Pi levels, P. aeruginosa exhibits Pi chemotaxis-a process mediated by the two non-paralogous receptors CtpH and CtpL. Here we show(More)
Infections due to multidrug-resistant bacteria represent a major global health challenge. To combat this problem, new antibiotics are urgently needed and some plant-associated bacteria are a promising source. The rhizobacterium Serratia plymuthica A153 produces several bioactive secondary metabolites, including the anti-oomycete and antifungal haterumalide,(More)