Nathalie Majeau

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A cDNA encoding the mature, chloroplast-localized carbonic anhydrase in pea has been expressed inE. coli. The enzyme is fully active and yields of up to 20% of the total soluble protein can be obtained from the bacteria. This expression system was used to monitor the effects of site-directed mutagenesis of seven residues found within conserved regions in(More)
Hepatitis C virus core protein plays an important role in the assembly and packaging of the viral genome. We have studied the structure of the N-terminal half of the core protein (C82) which was shown to be sufficient for the formation of nucleocapsid-like particle (NLP) in vitro and in yeast. Structural bioinformatics analysis of C82 suggests that it is(More)
The activity and location of carbonic anhydrase has been modified by transformation of tobacco with antisense and over-expression constructs. Antisense expression resulted in the inhibition of up to 99% of carbonic anhydrase activity but had no significant impact on net CO2 assimilation. Stomatal conductance and susceptibility to water stress appeared to(More)
Plant-virus-based vaccines have emerged as a promising avenue in vaccine development. This report describes the engineering of an innovative vaccine platform using the papaya mosaic virus (PapMV) capsid protein (CP) as a carrier protein and a C-terminal fused hepatitis C virus (HCV) E2 epitope as the immunogenic target. Two antigen organizations of the(More)
Papaya mosaic potexvirus (PapMV) coat protein (CP) was expressed (CPdeltaN5) in Escherichia coli and showed to self assemble into nucleocapsid like particles (NLPs). Twenty per cent of the purified protein was found as NLPs of 50 nm in length and 80% was found as a multimer of 450 kDa (20 subunits) arranged in a disk. Two mutants in the RNA binding domain(More)
The assembly of hepatitis C virus (HCV) is not well understood. We investigated HCV nucleocapsid assembly in vitro and the role of electrostatic/hydrophobic interactions in this process. We developed a simple and rapid in vitro assay in which the progress of assembly is monitored by measuring an increase in turbidity, thereby allowing the kinetics of(More)
BACKGROUND The ever-present threat of infectious disease, e.g. influenza pandemics, and the increasing need for new and effective treatments in immunotherapy are the driving forces that motivate research into new and innovative vaccine platforms. Ideally, such platforms should trigger an efficient CTL response, be safe, and easy to manufacture. We recently(More)
Hepatitis C virus core protein is the viral nucleocapsid of hepatitis C virus. Interaction of core with cellular membranes like endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and lipid droplets (LD) appears to be involved in viral assembly. However, how these interactions with different cellular membranes are regulated is not well understood. In this study, we investigated how(More)
A filamentous virus isolated from Malva neglecta Wallr. (common mallow) and propagated in Chenopodium quinoa was grown, cloned and the complete nucleotide sequence was determined (GenBank accession # DQ660333). The genomic RNA is 6858 nt in length and contains five major open reading frames (ORFs). The genomic organization is similar to members and the(More)
The primary function of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) core protein is genome encapsidation. Core protein is also subject to post-translational modifications that can impact on the assembly process. In this report, we have studied the effect of cAMP-dependent protein kinase A (PKA) phosphorylation on its assembly and stability in a yeast Pichia pastoris(More)