Katrin Denker

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Borrelia burgdorferi is remarkable for its ability to thrive in widely different environments due to its ability to infect various organisms. In comparison to enteric Gram-negative bacteria, these spirochetes have only a few transmembrane proteins some of which are thought to play a role in solute and nutrient uptake and excretion of toxic substances. Here,(More)
Lyme disease Borreliae are highly dependent on the uptake of nutrients provided by their hosts. Our study describes the identification of a 36 kDa protein that functions as putative dicarboxylate-specific porin in the outer membrane of Lyme disease Borrelia. The protein was purified by hydroxyapatite chromatography from Borrelia burgdorferi B31 and(More)
Staining protocols for PAGE have to be sensitive and should not impair further MS analysis of selected samples. In this study, the MS compatibility of different silver- and Coomassie-staining protocols with a nano-LC-MS/MS system was systematically elucidated. Altogether, 13 different silver-staining, 1 imidazole-staining and 2 Coomassie-staining protocols(More)
The 3D-structure of the maltooligosaccharide-specific LamB-channel of Escherichia coli (also called maltoporin) is known from X-ray crystallography. The 3D structure suggests that a number of aromatic residues (Y6, Y41, W74, F229, W358 and W420) within the channel lumen are involved in carbohydrate and ion transport. All aromatic residues were replaced by(More)
Relapsing fever is a worldwide, endemic disease caused by several spirochetal species belonging to the genus Borrelia. During the recurring fever peaks, borreliae proliferate remarkably quickly compared to the slow dissemination of Lyme disease Borrelia and therefore require efficient nutrient uptake from the blood of their hosts. This study describes the(More)
P66 is a chromosomally encoded 66-kDa integral outer membrane protein of the Lyme disease agent Borrelia burgdorferi exhibiting channel-forming activity. Herein, we inactivated and subsequently complemented the p66 gene in the B31-A (WT) strain. The P66 protein was also inactivated in two other channel-forming protein mutant strains, P13-18 (Deltap13) and(More)
The Borrelia burgdorferi genome exhibits redundancy, with many plasmid-carried genes belonging to paralogous gene families. It has been suggested that certain paralogs may be necessary in various environments and that they are differentially expressed in response to different conditions. The chromosomally located p13 gene which codes for a channel-forming(More)
Pre-cast bis(2-hydroxyethyl)iminotris(hydroxymethyl)methane (Bis-Tris) gels have proven to be very suitable for pre-fractionation for LC-MS/MS analysis due to high reliability and long stability. To visualize proteins within gels fluorescence dyes proved to be a good tradeoff between sensitivity and MS-compatibility. The custom-made ruthenium dye represents(More)
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