M. G. Cianci

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This study describes the three-dimensional crystal structure of a non-specific lipid transport protein (ns-LTP) from Rosaceae. Whilst ns-LTPs from species other than Rosaceae, such as nuts, cereals, grape, oranges and vegetables are also responsible for plant food allergies, this is less frequent compared with ns-LTPs from Rosaceae in the Mediterranean(More)
The binding of the carotenoid astaxanthin (AXT) in the protein multimacromolecular complex crustacyanin (CR) is responsible for the blue coloration of lobster shell. The structural basis of the bathochromic shift mechanism has long been elusive. A change in color occurs from the orange red of the unbound dilute AXT (lambda(max) 472 nm in hexane), the(More)
Biochemistry, biological crystallography, spectroscopy, solution X-ray scattering and microscopy have been applied to study the molecular basis of the colouration in lobster shell. This article presents a review of progress concentrating on recent results but set in the context of more than 50 years of work. The blue colouration of the carapace of the(More)
Lipases (EC are ubiquitous hydrolases for the carboxyl ester bond of water-insoluble substrates, such as triacylglycerols, phospholipids, and other insoluble substrates, acting in aqueous as well as in low-water media, thus being of considerable physiological significance with high interest also for their industrial applications. The hydrolysis(More)
Zinc serves regulatory functions in cells and thus, several mechanisms exist for tight control of its homeostasis. One mechanism is storage in and retrieval from vesicles, so-called zincosomes, but the chemical speciation of zincosomal zinc has remained enigmatic. Here, we determine the intravesicular zinc-coordination in isolated zincosomes in comparison(More)
A bond-distance analysis has been undertaken to determine the protonation states of ionizable amino acids in trypsin, subtilisin and lysozyme. The diffraction resolutions were 1.2 Å for trypsin (97% complete, 12% H-atom visibility at 2.5σ), 1.26 Å for subtilisin (100% complete, 11% H-atom visibility at 2.5σ) and 0.65 Å for lysozyme (PDB entry 2vb1; 98%(More)
X-ray absorption spectroscopy is exquisitely sensitive to the coordination geometry of an absorbing atom and therefore allows bond distances and angles of the surrounding atomic cluster to be measured with atomic resolution. By contrast, the accuracy and resolution of metalloprotein active sites obtainable from x-ray crystallography are often insufficient(More)
In the last decade, the popularity of sulfur SAD anomalous dispersion experiments has spread rapidly among synchrotron users as a quick and streamlined way of solving the phase problem in macromolecular crystallography. On beamline 10 at SRS (Daresbury Laboratory, UK), a versatile design has allowed test data sets to be collected at six wavelengths between(More)
Polarized Fe K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectra of murine carbonmonoxy-neuroglobin (NgbCO) single crystals have been collected and compared with a number of derivatives of sperm whale myoglobin (Mb), that is, the nitrosyl (MbNO) and deoxy (Mb) derivatives, the previously reported cyanomet (MbCN) and carbonmonoxy (MbCO) derivatives,(More)
The North West Structural Genomics Centre's beamline, MAD10, at the SRS receives the central part of the radiation fan (0.5 mrad vertically, 4 mrad horizontally) produced by a new 2.46 T ten-pole wiggler. The optical arrangement of the beamline consists of a Rh-coated collimating Si mirror, a fixed-exit-beam double-crystal monochromator with sagittal(More)