Isabel Pérez-Arellano

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Pyrroline-5-carboxylate synthase (P5CS) is a bifunctional enzyme that exhibits glutamate kinase (GK) and gamma-glutamyl phosphate reductase (GPR) activities. The enzyme is highly relevant in humans because it belongs to a combined route for the interconversion of glutamate, ornithine and proline. The deficiency of P5CS activity in humans is associated with(More)
A new collection of shuttle cloning vectors has been constructed that can be used in a broad host range, because they carry replication origins which are functional in Escherichia coli (p15A, pWV01, ColE1), Lactococcus lactis, lactobacilli, and Bacillus subtilis (pAMbeta1, pWV01). These plasmids contain the lacZ-T1T2 cassette from pJDC9, which allows the(More)
Infections with human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV-16) are closely associated with the development of human cervical carcinoma, which is one of the most common causes of cancer death in women worldwide. At present, the most promising vaccine against HPV-16 infection is based on the L1 major capsid protein, which self-assembles in virus-like particles (VLPs).(More)
Glutamate 5-kinase (G5K) makes the highly unstable product glutamyl 5-phosphate (G5P) in the initial, controlling step of proline/ornithine synthesis, being feedback-inhibited by proline or ornithine, and causing, when defective, clinical hyperammonaemia. We determined two crystal structures of G5K from Escherichia coli, at 2.9 A and 2.5 A resolution,(More)
Glutamate-5-kinase (G5K) catalyzes the controlling first step of proline biosynthesis. Substrate binding, catalysis and feed-back inhibition by proline are functions of the N-terminal approximately 260-residue domain of G5K. We study here the impact on these functions of 14 site-directed mutations affecting 9 residues of Escherichia coli G5K, chosen on the(More)
The pseudouridine synthase and archaeosine transglycosylase (PUA) domain is a compact and highly conserved RNA-binding motif that is widespread among diverse types of proteins from the three kingdoms of life. Its three-dimensional architecture is well established, and the structures of several PUA-RNA complexes reveal a common RNA recognition surface, but(More)
Secretion of the VP8* subunit of the VP4 capsid protein of rotavirus by Lactococcus lactis has been achieved. For this purpose, a secretion vector has been constructed with the lactococcal signal sequence AL9 and the VP8*-encoding gene fragment. The amount of VP8* secreted by L. lactis in the culture supernatant was quantified and visualised by Western(More)
Carbamoyl phosphate synthetase 1 (CPS1) plays a paramount role in liver ureagenesis since it catalyzes the first and rate-limiting step of the urea cycle, the major pathway for nitrogen disposal in humans. CPS1 deficiency (CPS1D) is an autosomal recessive inborn error which leads to hyperammonemia due to mutations in the CPS1 gene, or is caused secondarily(More)
Glutamate 5-kinase (G5K) catalyzes the controlling first step of the synthesis of the osmoprotective amino acid proline, which feed-back inhibits G5K. Microbial G5K generally consists of one amino acid kinase (AAK) and one PUA (named after pseudo uridine synthases and archaeosine-specific transglycosylases) domain. To investigate the role of the PUA domain,(More)
An expression vector for Lactobacillus casei has been constructed containing the inducible lac promoter and the gene encoding ultraviolet visible green fluorescent protein (GFP(UV)) as reporter. Different conditions to grow L. casei were assayed and fluorescence as well as total protein synthesized were quantified. The maintenance of neutral pH had the(More)