Margarita Menéndez

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Pneumococcal bacteriophage-encoded lysins are modular choline binding proteins that have been shown to act as enzymatic antimicrobial agents (enzybiotics) against streptococcal infections. Here we present the crystal structures of the free and choline bound states of the Cpl-1 lysin, encoded by the pneumococcal phage Cp-1. While the catalytic module(More)
Amyloidogenic neurodegenerative diseases are incurable conditions with high social impact that are typically caused by specific, largely disordered proteins. However, the underlying molecular mechanism remains elusive to established techniques. A favored hypothesis postulates that a critical conformational change in the monomer (an ideal therapeutic target)(More)
Prokaryotic cell division protein FtsZ, an assembling GTPase, directs the formation of the septosome between daughter cells. FtsZ is an attractive target for the development of new antibiotics. Assembly dynamics of FtsZ is regulated by the binding, hydrolysis, and exchange of GTP. We have determined the energetics of nucleotide binding to model apoFtsZ from(More)
Gemini surfactants have two polar head groups and two hydrocarbon tails. Compared with conventional surfactants, geminis have much lower (μM vs. mM) critical micelle concentrations and possess slower (ms vs. μs) monomer <-- / --> micelle kinetics. The structure of the gemini surfactants studied is [HOCH(2)CH(2)-, CH(3)-,(More)
In this work, we analyzed at high resolution the sugar-binding mode of the recombinant N-terminal ricin-B domain of the hemolytic protein LSLa (LSL(150)) from the mushroom Laetiporus sulphureus and also provide functional in vitro evidence suggesting that, together with its putative receptor-binding role, this module may also increase the solubility of its(More)
Phosphorylcholine, a specific component of the pneumococcal cell wall, is crucial in pathogenesis. It directly binds to the human platelet-activating factor (PAF) receptor and acts as a docking station for the family of surface-located choline-binding proteins (CBP). The first structure of a complete pneumococcal CBP, Pce (or CbpE), has been solved in(More)
Galectins are a family of lectins with a conserved carbohydrate recognition domain that interacts with beta-galactosides. By binding cell surface glycoconjugates, galectin-1 (gal-1) is involved in cell adhesion and migration processes and is an important regulator of tumor angiogenesis. Here, we used heteronuclear NMR spectroscopy and molecular modeling to(More)
The structure of a polysaccharide from Sinorhizobium fredii HH103 has been determined. This polysaccharide was isolated by following the protocol for lipopolysaccharide extraction. On the basis of monosaccharide analysis, methylation analysis, fast atom bombardment MS, matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization MS, electron-impact high-resolution MS,(More)
Submerged aquatic macrophytes account for an important part of the primary production in shallow lakes (Margalef, 1983). In coastal lagoons, which are amongst the most productive ecosystems in the world (Barnes, 1980), the primary production is performed by macrophytes, macroalgae or, to a lesser extent, periphyton or phytoplankton (Castel et al., 1996;(More)
d-amino acid oxidase from Trigonopsis variabilis (TvDAAO) is a flavoenzyme with high biotechnological and industrial interest. The overexpression and purification of the apoprotein form of a recombinant His-tagged TvDAAO allowed us to go deep into the structural differences between apoenzyme and holoenzyme, and on the cofactor binding and its contribution(More)