Christine Fuell

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The binding of spermine and ifenprodil to the amino terminal regulatory (R) domain of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor was studied using purified regulatory domains of the NR1, NR2A and NR2B subunits, termed NR1-R, NR2A-R and NR2B-R. The R domains were over-expressed in Escherichia coli and purified to near homogeneity. The K(d) values for binding of(More)
Members of the BAHD family of plant acyl transferases are very versatile catalytically, and are thought to be able to evolve new substrate specificities rapidly. Acylation of anthocyanins occurs in many plant species and affects anthocyanin stability and light absorption in solution. The versatility of BAHD acyl transferases makes it difficult to identify(More)
Polyamine biosynthesis in plants differs from other eukaryotes because of the contribution of genes from the cyanobacterial ancestor of the chloroplast. Plants possess an additional biosynthetic route for putrescine formation from arginine, consisting of the enzymes arginine decarboxylase, agmatine iminohydrolase and N-carbamoylputrescine amidohydrolase,(More)
Hydroxycinnamic acid amides are a class of secondary metabolites distributed widely in plants. We have identified two sinapoyl spermidine derivatives, N-((4'-O-glycosyl)-sinapoyl),N'-sinapoylspermidine and N,N'-disinapoylspermidine, which comprise the two major polyamine conjugates that accumulate in Arabidopsis thaliana seed. Using metabolic profiling of(More)
Mucins are the main components of the gastrointestinal mucus layer. Mucin glycosylation is critical to most intermolecular and intercellular interactions. However, due to the highly complex and heterogeneous mucin glycan structures, the encoded biological information remains largely encrypted. Here we have developed a methodology based on force spectroscopy(More)
Polyamines are small flexible organic polycations found in almost all cells. They likely existed in the last universal common ancestor of all extant life, and yet relatively little is understood about their biological function, especially in bacteria and archaea. Unlike eukaryotes, where the predominant polyamine is spermidine, bacteria may contain instead(More)
In a speG-disrupted Escherichia coli mutant, which cannot metabolize spermidine to acetylspermidine, addition of spermidine to the medium caused a decrease in cell viability at the late stationary phase of growth. There were parallel decreases in the levels of ribosome modulation factor (RMF), the sigma(38) subunit of RNA polymerase, and the outer membrane(More)
Intestinal γδ T-cell receptor-bearing intraepithelial lymphocytes (γδ IELs) play a multifaceted role in maintaining mucosal homeostasis. In order to investigate the relationship between O-glycosylation and inflammation, we carried out an in-depth mass spectrometric comparison of the intestinal O-glycosylation profile of mice lacking γδ IELs (TCRδ(-/-)) and(More)
Jie Luo,a,b Christine Fuell,c Adrian Parr,c,1 Lionel Hill,a Paul Bailey,d Katherine Elliott,c Shirley A. Fairhurst,e Cathie Martin,a,2 and Anthony J. Michaelc a Department of Metabolic Biology, John Innes Centre, Colney, Norwich, NR4 7UH, United Kingdom bNational Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement, National Center of Plant Gene Research (Wuhan),(More)
The O-glycosylated domains of mucins and mucin-type glycoproteins contain 50-80% of carbohydrate and possess expanded conformations. Herein, we describe a flow cytometry (FCM) method for determining the carbohydrate-binding specificities of lectins to mucin. Biotinylated mucin was immobilized on streptavidin-coated beads, and the binding specificities of(More)
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