Irena Matecko

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Nano-electrospray-ionization mass spectrometry (nano-ESI-MS) is employed here to describe equilibrium protein conformational transitions and to analyze the influence of instrumental settings, pH, and solvent surface tension on the charge-state distributions (CSD). A first set of experiments shows that high flow rates of N(2) as curtain gas can induce(More)
The intestinal guanylyl cyclase-C (GC-C) was originally identified as an Escherichia coli heat-stable enterotoxin (STa) receptor. STa stimulates GC-C to much higher activity than the endogenous ligands guanylin and uroguanylin, causing severe diarrhea. To investigate the interactions of the endogenous and bacterial ligands with GC-C, we designed and(More)
S134N copper-zinc superoxide dismutase (SOD1) is one of the many mutant SOD1 proteins known to cause familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Earlier studies demonstrated that partially metal-deficient S134N SOD1 crystallized in filament-like arrays with abnormal contacts between the individual protein molecules. Because protein aggregation is implicated in(More)
The cell surface of Aneurinibacillus thermoaerophilus DSM 10155 is covered with a square surface (S)-layer glycoprotein lattice. This S-layer glycoprotein, which was extracted with aqueous buffers after a freeze-thaw cycle of the bacterial cells, is the only completely water-soluble S-layer glycoprotein to be reported to date. The purified S-layer(More)
The enzyme NCS [(S)-norcoclaurine synthase; EC 4.2.1.78] found in the common meadow rue, Thalictrum flavum, and other plant species, is involved in the biosynthesis of BIAs (benzylisoquinoline alkaloids). This group of plant secondary metabolites comprises pharmacologically-active compounds such as morphine and codeine. NCS catalyses the condensation of(More)
The enzyme norcoclaurine synthase (NCS) found in the common meadow rue, Thalictrum flavum, and other plants shows sequence homology to members of the class 10 of pathogenesis related (PR 10) proteins that contains allergens such as the major birch pollen allergen Bet v 1, the major cherry allergen Pru av 1, and the major apple allergen Mal d 1. The enzyme(More)
The major 97-aa timothy grass (Phleum pratense) allergen Phl p 3 was recently isolated from an extract of timothy grass pollen. Sequence comparison classifies this protein as a group 3 allergen. The solution structure of Phl p 3 as determined by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy reveals that the protein consists of a core of hydrophobic amino-acid(More)
Protein charge-state distributions (CSDs) in electrospray-ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) represent a sensitive tool to probe different conformational states. We describe here the effect of trifluoroethanol (TFE) on cytochrome c equilibrium unfolding at different pH by nano-ESI-MS. While even low concentrations of TFE destabilize the protein native(More)
E. coli heat stable enterotoxin STa is an agonist of the membrane guanylate cyclase C whose endogenous ligands are the peptide hormones guanylin and uroguanylin. Whereas these peptides contain only two disulfide bonds, STa is stabilized by one additional disulfide bridge. We chemically synthesized the enterotoxin STh that originates from the E. coli strain(More)
Electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) applied to protein conformational studies is a powerful new method that seems to provide specific information about protein tertiary structure. In this study, we analyzed the effect of trifluoroethanol (TFE) on a myoglobin peptide and cytochrome c (cyt c) at low pH by circular dichroism (CD) and ESI-MS.(More)