Colin D. Douglas

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The maturation of [NiFe]-hydrogenase in Escherichia coli is a complex process involving many steps and multiple accessory proteins. The two accessory proteins HypA and HypB interact with each other and are thought to cooperate to insert nickel into the active site of the hydrogenase-3 precursor protein. Both of these accessory proteins bind metal(More)
Silver colloids were produced for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) experiments using hydroxylamine hydrochloride as the reduction agent. The roles of hydroxylamine hydrochloride and bulk solution pH values in the formation of functional groups on the surface of silver colloids and in determining the dimensions of silver colloids were examined using(More)
A seven-residue peptide based on the high-affinity metal-binding site of E. coli HypB maintains the nickel-binding activity of the full-length protein. The ability of the peptide to bind transition metals other than nickel was explored, and is discussed in the context of the function of HypB in hydrogenase biosynthesis.
The growth of Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 biofilms on ZnSe internal reflection elements (IREs) was compared with their growth on TiO(2)-coated ZnSe over several days using attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FT-IR) spectroscopy. The effect of the TiO(2) coating on the IR spectra of reference compounds and cell suspensions was(More)
[NiFe]-hydrogenase enzymes catalyze the reversible reduction of protons to molecular hydrogen and serve as a vital component of the metabolism of many pathogens. The synthesis of the bimetallic catalytic center requires a suite of accessory proteins, and the penultimate step, nickel insertion, is facilitated by the metallochaperones HypA and HypB. In(More)
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