Imma Margarit

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One hundred and twenty-one Italian children with coeliac disease (CD) have been compared with a control population from the same geographical area for the distribution of HLA-DR and DQ antigens. The pattern of an increase in DR3, DR7, and of heterozygotes DR5/7 was associated with an excess of heterozygotes DQw2/DQw3 in the CD population. These findings(More)
A new bacterial strain able to cleave CS bonds from organosulphur heterocyclic compounds through the 4-S pathway and tentatively classified as Arthrobacter sp. was recently isolated. In the present short article we describe the cloning and the characterization of the DNA encoding the enzymes responsible for desulphurization in this microorganism, referred(More)
Gram-positive pili are known to play a role in bacterial adhesion to epithelial cells and in the formation of biofilm microbial communities. In the present study we undertook the functional characterization of the pilus ancillary protein 1 (AP1_M6) from Streptococcus pyogenes isolates expressing the FCT-1 pilus variant, known to be strong biofilm formers.(More)
Oligonucleotide-directed mutagenesis has been used to replace glycine residues by alanine in neutral protease from Bacillus subtilis. One Gly to Ala substitution (G147A) was located in a helical region of the protein, while the other (G189A) was in a loop. The effects of mutational substitutions on the functional, conformational and stability properties of(More)
The surface loop which in the Bacillus subtilis neutral protease (NP) extends from amino acid residue 188 to residue 194 was replaced, by site-directed mutagenesis, with the 10-residue segment which in the homologous polypeptide chain of thermolysin (TLN) binds calcium-4 [Matthews, B. W., Weaver, L. H., & Kester, W. R. (1974) J. Biol. Chem. 249, 8030-8044].(More)
Using genetically engineered mutants of the neutral protease from Bacillus stearothermophilus (BsteNP), it had been shown that the surface-exposed structural motif constituted by Phe63 embedded in a four amino acid hydrophobic pocket is critical for the thermal stability of the thermophilic neutral proteases from Bacilli. To measure the stabilizing(More)
Streptococcus agalactiae (Group B Streptococcus, GBS) causes life-threatening infections in newborns and adults with chronic medical conditions. Serotype IV strains are emerging both among carriers and as cause of invasive disease and recent studies revealed two main Sequence Types (STs), ST-452 and ST-459 assigned to Clonal Complexes CC23 and CC1,(More)
On the basis of the homology with the Bacillus thermoproteolyticus zinc endopeptidase thermolysin, we hypothesized that Glu-143 and His-231 are the key residues for the catalytic activity of the Bacillus subtilis neutral protease. To test this possibility by site-directed mutagenesis, we substituted these two residues with Ala, Ser, Trp and Arg, and Leu,(More)
The yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae shows rapid fermentation of sugars to ethanol and carbon dioxide. It is widely known that glucose and other sugars exert a repressive effect on the synthesis of a variety of enzymes. On the other hand, glucose may also exert enhancement of enzyme synthesis. The former are mitochondrial enzymes or enzymes linked to cellular(More)