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Proteins with membrane-attack complex/perforin (MACPF) domains are found in almost all kingdoms of life, and they have a variety of biological roles, including defence and attack, organism development, and cell adhesion and signalling. The distribution of these proteins in fungi appears to be restricted to some Pezizomycotina and Basidiomycota species only,(More)
The mushroom Pleurotus ostreatus has been reported to produce the hemolytic proteins ostreolysin (OlyA), pleurotolysin A (PlyA) and pleurotolysin B (PlyB). The present study of the native and recombinant proteins dissects out their lipid-binding characteristics and their roles in lipid binding and membrane permeabilization. Using lipid-binding studies,(More)
Ostreolysin A (OlyA) is an ∼15-kDa protein that has been shown to bind selectively to membranes rich in cholesterol and sphingomyelin. In this study, we investigated whether OlyA fluorescently tagged at the C-terminal with mCherry (OlyA-mCherry) labels cholesterol/sphingomyelin domains in artificial membrane systems and in membranes of Madin-Darby canine(More)
Ostreolysin is a cytolytic protein from the edible oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus), which recognizes specifically and binds to raft-like sterol-enriched membrane domains that exist in the liquid-ordered phase. Its binding can be abolished by micromolar concentrations of lysophospholipids and fatty acids. The membrane activity of ostreolysin, however,(More)
Proteins with hemopexin repeats are widespread in viruses, prokaryotes and eukaryotes. We report here for the first time the existence of a protein in fungi with the four-bladed β-propeller fold that is typical for hemopexin-like proteins. This protein was isolated from the edible basidiomycetous fungus Pleurotus ostreatus and is named ostreopexin. It binds(More)
Proteins from the oyster mushroom, 15 kDa ostreolysin A (OlyA), and 59 kDa pleurotolysin B (PlyB) with a membrane attack complex/perforin (MACPF) domain, damage cell membranes as a binary cytolytic pore-forming complex. Measurements of single-channel conductance and transmembrane macroscopic current reveal that OlyA/PlyB form non-selective ion-conducting(More)
Asymmetric-flow field-flow fractionation technique coupled to a multi-angle light-scattering detector (AF4-MALS) was used together with dynamic light-scattering (DLS) in batch mode and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to study the size characteristics of the trioleoylglycerol lipid droplets covered by a monolayer of sphingomyelin and cholesterol, in(More)
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