Markus Perbandt

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Group V major allergen Phl p 5b of timothy grass pollen induces allergic rhinitis and bronchial asthma in 90% of grass pollen-allergic patients. In addition to its allergenicity ribonuclease activity has recently been attributed to this 29-kDa protein. The allergen was expressed in Escherichia coli and subsequently purified. Spontaneous conversion of these(More)
Yersinia outer protein M (YopM) is a crucial immunosuppressive effector of the plaque agent Yersinia pestis and other pathogenic Yersinia species. YopM enters the nucleus of host cells but neither the mechanisms governing its nucleocytoplasmic shuttling nor its intranuclear activities are known. Here we identify the DEAD-box helicase 3 (DDX3) as a novel(More)
Infections caused by the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are today known to be a substantial threat for global health. Emerging multi-drug resistant bacteria have created a substantial need to identify and discover new drug targets and to develop novel strategies to treat bacterial infections. A promising and so far untapped antibiotic(More)
Many biochemical processes take place on timescales ranging from femto-seconds to seconds. Accordingly, any time-resolved experiment must be matched to the speed of the structural changes of interest. Therefore, the timescale of interest defines the requirements of the X-ray source, instrumentation and data-collection strategy. In this study, a minimalistic(More)
Disulfide bonds and calcium ions contribute significantly to the stability of the hemocyanin from the mollusc Rapana thomasiana grosse (gastropod). An extremely powerful protective effect of Ca2+ at a concentration of 100 mM (100% protection) against the destructive effect of reductants like dithiothreitol was observed. This is important for the practical(More)
Glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) are a family of detoxification enzymes that catalyse the conjugation of glutathione to xenobiotic and endogenous electrophilic compounds, thus facilitating their elimination from cells. The recombinant Onchocerca volvulus GST2 has been expressed in Escherichia coli, purified and crystallized by the hanging-drop(More)
Proteinase K is widely used in tests for the presence of infectious prion protein causing fatal spongiform encephalopathies. To investigate possible interactions between the enzyme and the functionally important N-terminal prion domain, we crystallized mercury-inhibited proteinase K in the presence of the synthetic peptides GGGWGQPH and HGGGW. The(More)
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