Johan Pieter Postma

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Aerolysin is chiefly responsible for the pathogenicity of Aeromonas hydrophila, a bacterium associated with diarrhoeal diseases and deep wound infections. Like many other microbial toxins, the protein changes in a multistep process from a completely water-soluble form to produce a transmembrane channel that destroys sensitive cells by breaking their(More)
The E1 subgroup (E1, A, B, IA, IB, K and N) of anti-bacterial toxins called colicins is known to form voltage-dependent channels in lipid bilayers. The crystal structure of the pore-forming domain of colicin A from Escherichia coli has been refined to the diffraction limit of the crystals at 2.4 A resolution by means of molecular dynamics and restrained(More)
Many eukaryotic transcriptional activator proteins, including the Xenopus 5S RNA gene activator protein TFIIIA and the HeLa cell protein Sp1, have an approximately 30 amino acid repeating motif which binds to short, specific DNA sequences. Over 150 of these sequences are now known. Based on the observed distribution of amino acid residues, a series of(More)
MMTV-LTR sequences -190/-45 position a histone octamer both in vivo and in vitro. Experimental evidence suggested that nucleosome rotational positioning is determined by the DNA sequence itself. We developed an algorithm that is able to predict the most favorable path of a given DNA sequence over a histone octamer, based on rotational preferences of(More)
Triosephosphate isomerase has an important loop near the active site which can exist in a "closed" and in an "open" conformation. Here we describe the structural properties of this "flexible" loop observed in two different structures of trypanosomal triosephosphate isomerase. Trypanosomal triosephosphate isomerase, crystallized in the presence of 2.4 M(More)
The structure and dynamics of the full unit cell of a protein (bovine pancreatic trypsin inhibitor) containing 4 protein molecules and 560 water molecules have been simulated by using the molecular dynamics method. The obtained structure, atom positional fluctuations, and structure factors are compared with x-ray values. A way of calculating the motional(More)
In Trypanosoma brucei, a major pathogenic protozoan parasite of Central Africa, a number of glycolytic enzymes present in the cytosol of other organisms are uniquely segregated in a microbody-like organelle, the glycosome, which they are believed to reach post-translationally after being synthesized by free ribosomes in the cytosol. In a search for possible(More)
The mouse mammary tumour virus long terminal repeat region contains regulatory sequences able to mediate transcriptional induction by different steroid hormones. Two clusters of binding sites for the glucocorticoid and the progesterone receptors have been identified in the region between -70 and -190, the so called hormone responsive or regulatory element.(More)
Crystallographic refinement based on molecular dynamics (MD) has been applied to a 2.5 A resolution X-ray structure of the pore-forming fragment of colicin A. The crystallographic R factor was reduced from 48 to 23% with a concomitant improvement in stereochemical parameters. The method considerably speeded up the refinement process but was associated with(More)
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