Erin L Cunningham

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The folding of the extracellular serine protease, alpha-lytic protease (alphaLP; EC reveals a novel mechanism for stability that appears to lead to a longer functional lifetime for the protease. For alphaLP, stability is based not on thermodynamics, but on kinetics. Whereas this has required the coevolution of a pro region to facilitate folding,(More)
Like most extracellular bacterial proteases, Streptomyces griseus protease B (SGPB) and alpha-lytic protease (alphaLP) are synthesized with covalently attached pro regions necessary for their folding. In this article, we characterize the folding free energy landscape of SGPB and compare it to the folding landscapes of alphaLP and trypsin, a mammalian(More)
Alpha-Lytic protease (␣LP) is an extracellular bacterial pro-protease marked by extraordinary conforma-tional rigidity and a highly cooperative barrier to unfolding. Although these properties successfully limit its proteolytic destruction, thereby extending the functional lifetime of the protease, they come at the expense of foldability (t 1/2 ‫ס‬ 1800 yr)(More)
Alpha-lytic protease (alphaLP) serves as an important model in achieving a quantitative and physical understanding of protein folding reactions. Synthesized as a pro-protease, alphaLP belongs to an interesting class of proteins that require pro regions to facilitate their proper folding. alphaLP's pro region (Pro) acts as a potent folding catalyst for the(More)
In prokaryotes, many of the physical mechanisms governing the process of initiating DNA replication are now emerging. For example, certain organizational features of origins, such as the use of repetitive sequence elements for initiator-binding sites, are found throughout bacteria and many archaea. Common themes in the regulation of initiation, including(More)
The extracellular bacterial protease, alpha-lytic protease (alphaLP), is synthesized with a large, two-domain pro region (Pro) that catalyzes the folding of the protease to its native conformation. In the absence of its Pro folding catalyst, alphaLP encounters a very large folding barrier (DeltaG = 30 kcal mol(-1)) that effectively prevents the protease(More)
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