Marco H Hefti

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In the postgenomic era it is essential that protein sequences are annotated correctly in order to help in the assignment of their putative functions. Over 1300 proteins in current protein sequence databases are predicted to contain a PAS domain based upon amino acid sequence alignments. One of the problems with the current annotation of the PAS domain is(More)
A general procedure for the purification of histidine-tagged proteins has been developed using immobilized metal-ion affinity chromatography. This two-step purification method can be used for proteins containing a hexahistidine tag and a thrombin cleavage site, yielding high amounts of purified protein. The advantage of this method is that thrombin is used(More)
Flavoproteins are ubiquitous redox proteins that are involved in many biological processes. In the majority of flavoproteins, the flavin cofactor is tightly but noncovalently bound. Reversible dissociation of flavoproteins into apoprotein and flavin prosthetic group yields valuable insights in flavoprotein folding, function and mechanism. Replacement of the(More)
BACKGROUND We present a prototype handheld device based on a newly developed optomagnetic technology for the sensitive detection of cardiac troponin I (cTnI) in a finger-prick blood sample with a turnaround time of 5 min. METHODS The test was completed in a compact plastic disposable with on-board dry reagents and superparamagnetic nanoparticles. In our(More)
The Azotobacter vinelandii NifL protein is a redox-sensing flavoprotein which inhibits the activity of the nitrogen-specific transcriptional activator NifA. The N-terminal PAS domain has been overexpressed in Escherichia coli and crystallized by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method. The crystal belongs to the rhombohedral space group R32, with unit-cell(More)
The NifL PAS domain from Azotobacter vinelandii is a flavoprotein with FAD as the prosthetic group. Here we describe a novel immobilization procedure for the large-scale preparation of apo NifL PAS domain and its efficient reconstitution with either 2,4a-13C-FAD or 2,4a-13C-FMN. In this procedure, the His-tagged holoprotein is bound to an immobilized metal(More)
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