Muhammed F-R Sayed

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The amidase from Geobacillus pallidus RAPc8, a moderate thermophile, is a member of the nitrilase superfamily and catalyzes the conversion of amides to the corresponding carboxylic acids and ammonia. It shows both amide-hydrolysis and acyl-transfer activities and also exhibits stereoselectivity for some enantiomeric substrates, thus making it a potentially(More)
5-HT(3) receptors demonstrate significant structural and functional homology to other members of the Cys-loop ligand-gated ion channel superfamily. The extracellular domains of these receptors share similar sequence homology (approximately 20%) with Limnaea acetylcholine binding protein, for which an x-ray crystal structure is available. We used this(More)
The gene cluster containing the nitrile hydratase (NHase) and amidase genes of a moderate thermophile, B. pallidus RAPc8 has been cloned and sequenced. The (5.9 kb) section of cloned DNA contained eight complete open reading frames, encoding (in order), amidase (belonging to the nitrilase related aliphatic amidase family), nitrile hydratase beta and alpha(More)
The protein kinase CK2 is constituted by two catalytic (alpha and/or alpha') and two regulatory (beta) subunits. CK2 phosphorylates more than 300 proteins with important functions in the cell cycle. This study has looked at the relation between CK2 and p27(KIP1), which is a regulator of the cell cycle and a known inhibitor of cyclin-dependent kinases (Cdk).(More)
A truncated form of the regulatory subunit of the protein kinase CK2beta (residues 1-178) has been crystallized in the presence of a fragment of the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor p21WAF1 (residues 46-65) and the structure solved at 2.9 A resolution by molecular replacement. The core of the CK2beta dimer shows a high structural similarity with that(More)
The C-terminal region in class Alpha glutathione transferase A1-1 (GSTA1-1), which forms an amphipathic alpha-helix (helix 9), is known to contribute to the catalytic and non-substrate ligand-binding functions of the enzyme. The region in the apo protein is proposed to be disordered which, upon ligand binding at the active-site, becomes structured and(More)
The amidase from Geobacillus pallidus RAPc8, a moderate thermophile, is a member of the nitrilase enzyme superfamily. It converts amides to the corresponding acids and ammonia and has application as an industrial catalyst. RAPc8 amidase has been cloned and functionally expressed in Escherichia coli and has been purified by heat treatment and a number of(More)
Plant natriuretic peptides (PNPs) are systemically mobile molecules that regulate homeostasis at nanomolar concentrations. PNPs are up-regulated under conditions of osmotic stress and PNP-dependent processes include changes in ion transport and increases of H2O uptake into protoplasts and whole tissue. The bacterial citrus pathogen Xanthomonas axonopodis(More)
Plant natriuretic peptides (PNPs) belong to a novel class of systemically mobile molecules that are structurally similar to the N-terminal domain of expansins and affect physiological processes such as protoplast volume regulation at nano-molar concentrations. Here we demonstrate that AtPNP-A, a recombinant Arabidopsis thaliana PNP causes rapid H(+) influx(More)
Arg15, conserved in class Alpha GSTs (glutathione transferases), is located at the interface between the G- and H-sites of the active site where its cationic guanidinium group might play a role in catalysis and ligand binding. Arg15 in human GSTA1-1 was replaced with a leucine and crystallographic, spectroscopic, thermodynamic and molecular docking methods(More)
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