Josef M Sperl

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Due to the lack of macromolecular fossils, the enzymatic repertoire of extinct species has remained largely unknown to date. In an attempt to solve this problem, we have characterized a cyclase subunit (HisF) of the imidazole glycerol phosphate synthase (ImGP-S), which was reconstructed from the era of the last universal common ancestor of cellular(More)
It has been postulated that the ubiquitous (βα)8-barrel enzyme fold has evolved by duplication and fusion of an ancestral (βα)4-half-barrel. We have previously reconstructed this process in the laboratory by fusing two copies of the C-terminal half-barrel HisF-C of imidazole glycerol phosphate synthase (HisF). The resulting construct HisF-CC was stepwise(More)
The (βα)(8)-barrel is among the most ancient, frequent, and versatile enzyme structures. It was proposed that modern (βα)(8)-barrel proteins have evolved from an ancestral (βα)(4)-half-barrel by gene duplication and fusion. We explored whether the mechanism of protein folding has remained conserved during this long-lasting evolutionary process. For this(More)
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