Graciela Sainz

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Isopentenyl diphosphate:dimethylallyl diphosphate (IPP:DMAPP) isomerase catalyses a crucial activation step in the isoprenoid biosynthesis pathway. This enzyme is responsible for the isomerization of the carbon-carbon double bond of IPP to create the potent electrophile DMAPP. DMAPP then alkylates other molecules, including IPP, to initiate the(More)
The pseudo-reverse reaction of Pseudomonas aeruginosa catabolic ornithine carbamoyltransferase in which arsenate is first coupled to citrulline followed by elimination of carbamylarsenate has been studied. Arsenate and citrulline saturation curves are sigmoidal. The different responsiveness of the transcarbamoylase to isosteric and allosteric ligands was(More)
The allosteric catabolic ornithine carbamoyltransferase (OTCase) from Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a dodecamer build up of four trimers of identical subunits, shows strong carbamoylphosphate homotropic co-operativity. Its activity is allosterically inhibited by spermidine and activated by AMP. Modified forms of the enzyme exhibiting substantial alterations in(More)
The series constitute ‘ideas in progress,’ after the notion described by I.J. Good in ‘The Scientist Speculates.’ Good also describes ideas about ideas as ‘partly baked ideas’ believing that “ ... it is often better to be stimulating and wrong than boring and right.” While the papers do not take this tenet as an excuse for licence at the expense of rigour,(More)
Escherichia coli isopentenyl diphosphate isomerase, an enzyme catalyzing a key step in isoprenoid biosynthesis, has been produced in selenomethionyl form. The protein was purified and crystallized by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method. Crystals display trigonal symmetry, with unit-cell parameters a = b = 71.3, c = 61.7 A, and diffract to 1.45 A(More)
The catabolic ornithine carbamoyltransferase (OTCase) from Pseudomonas aeruginosa exhibits allosteric behaviour, with two conformational states of the molecule: an active R form and an inactive T form. The enzyme is a dodecamer with a molecular mass of 455700 Da. Three crystal forms have been obtained. Crystals of allosteric state T are rhombohedral,(More)
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