Mariusz Olczak

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In Saccharomyces cerevisiae most chitin is synthesized by Chs3p, which deposits chitin in the lateral cell wall and in the bud-neck region during cell division. We have recently found that addition of glucosamine (GlcN) to the growth medium leads to a three- to fourfold increase in cell wall chitin levels. We compared this result to the increases in(More)
The properties of plant purple acid phosphatases (PAPs), metallophosphoesterases present in some bacteria, plants and animals are reviewed. All members of this group contain a characteristic set of seven amino-acid residues involved in metal ligation. Animal PAPs contain a binuclear metallic center composed of two irons, whereas in plant PAPs one iron ion(More)
A cDNA encoding previously purified and characterized diphosphonucleotide phosphatase/phosphodiesterase (PPD1) from yellow lupin (Lupinus luteus L.) was identified. The ppd1 gene encodes a protein containing a cleavable signal sequence. A functional expression of PPD1 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae confirmed the proper gene identification. A gene homologous to(More)
Porphyromonas gingivalis HmuY is a putative heme-binding lipoprotein associated with the outer membrane. It is part of an operon together with a gene encoding an outer-membrane hemin utilization receptor (HmuR) and four uncharacterized genes. A similar operon organization was found in Bacteroides fragilis and B. thetaiotaomicron, with the former containing(More)
A thiamine biosynthesis gene, thi3, from maize Zea mays has been identified through cloning and sequencing of cDNA and heterologous overexpression of the encoded protein, THI3, in Escherichia coli. The recombinant THI3 protein was purified to homogeneity and shown to possess two essentially different enzymatic activities of HMP(-P)(More)
Infection, survival, and proliferation of pathogenic bacteria in humans depend on their capacity to impair host responses and acquire nutrients in a hostile environment. Among such nutrients is heme, a co-factor for oxygen storage, electron transport, photosynthesis, and redox biochemistry, which is indispensable for life. Porphyromonas gingivalis is the(More)
N-linked oligosaccharide chains released by hydrazinolysis from yellow lupin seed diphosphonucleotide phosphatase/phosphodiesterase were fluorescence labeled and separated by high performance liquid chromatography (GlycoSep N and GlycoSep H columns). Exoglycosidase sequencing elucidated the structures of 24 separated N-glycans. Thirty percent of isolated(More)
Porphyromonas gingivalis is a major etiological agent of chronic periodontitis. The aim of this study was to examine the species specificity, surface exposure, protein expression, immunogenicity, and participation in biofilm formation of the P. gingivalis heme-binding protein HmuY. HmuY is a unique protein of P. gingivalis since only low amino-acid sequence(More)
Phosphatases function in the production, transport and recycling of inorganic phosphorus, which is crucial for cellular metabolism and bioenergetics, as well as in bacterial killing, since they are able to generate reactive oxygen species via Fenton chemistry. Diphosphonucleotide phosphatase/phosphodiesterase (PPD1), a glycoprotein plant purple acid(More)
Several recent studies show that the lungs infected with Pseudomonas aeruginosa are often co-colonised by oral bacteria including black-pigmenting anaerobic (BPA) Porphyromonas species. The BPAs have an absolute haem requirement and their presence in the infected lung indicates that sufficient haem, a virulence up-regulator in BPAs, must be present to(More)