Federico I. Rosell

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Polarized absorption spectra of orthorhombic crystals of wild-type green fluorescent protein (GFP) were measured between 350 and 520 nm to obtain information on the directions of the electronic transition dipole moments ((-->)m) of the chromophore relative to the molecular axes. The transition dipole moment orientation is a basic spectroscopic parameter of(More)
A copper-nitrosyl intermediate forms during the catalytic cycle of nitrite reductase, the enzyme that mediates the committed step in bacterial denitrification. The crystal structure of a type 2 copper-nitrosyl complex of nitrite reductase reveals an unprecedented side-on binding mode in which the nitrogen and oxygen atoms are nearly equidistant from the(More)
The functional properties of the recombinant C-terminal dimerization domain of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa Fur (ferric uptake regulator) protein expressed in and purified from Escherichia coli have been evaluated. Sedimentation velocity measurements demonstrate that this domain is dimeric, and the UV CD spectrum is consistent with a secondary structure(More)
Green fluorescent proteins bearing the Y66H mutation exhibit strongly blue-shifted fluorescence excitation and emission spectra. However, these blue fluorescent proteins (BFPs) have lower quantum yields of fluorescence (Phi(f) approximately 0.20), which is believed to stem from the increased conformational freedom of the smaller chromophore. We demonstrate(More)
The cofactor composition and electron-transfer kinetics of the reaction center (RC) from a magnesium chelatase (bchD) mutant of Rhodobacter sphaeroides were characterized. In this RC, the special pair (P) and accessory (B) bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) -binding sites contain Zn-BChl rather than BChl a. Spectroscopic measurements reveal that Zn-BChl also(More)
Forward genetic screens represent powerful, unbiased approaches to uncover novel components in any biological process. Such screens suffer from a major bottleneck, however, namely the cloning of corresponding genes causing the phenotypic variation. Reverse genetic screens have been employed as a way to circumvent this issue, but can often be limited in(More)
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