Peer‐Hendrik Kuhn

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BACKGROUND Arsenite oxidase from Alcaligenes faecalis NCIB 8687 is a molybdenum/iron protein involved in the detoxification of arsenic. It is induced by the presence of AsO(2-) (arsenite) and functions to oxidize As(III)O(2-), which binds to essential sulfhydryl groups of proteins and dithiols, to the relatively less toxic As(V)O(4)(3-) (arsenate) prior to(More)
As stated by the prevailing amyloid cascade hypothesis, Alzheimer's disease (AD) is caused by the aggregation and cerebral deposition of long amyloid-β peptide (Aβ) species, which are released from a C-terminal amyloid precursor protein fragment by γ-secretase. Mutations in its catalytic subunit presenilin-1 (PS1) increase the Aβ42 to Aβ40 ratio and are the(More)
Crystallographic analysis and site-directed mutagenesis have been used to identify the catalytic and oligosaccharide recognition residues of peptide-N4-(N-acetyl-beta-D-glucosaminyl)asparagine amidase F (PNGase F), an amidohydrolase that removes intact asparagine-linked oligosaccharide chains from glycoproteins and glycopeptides. Mutagenesis has shown that(More)
Inosine-5'-monophosphate dehydrogenase (IMPDH) is an attractive drug target for the control of parasitic infections. The enzyme catalyzes the oxidation of inosine monophosphate (IMP) to xanthosine monophosphate (XMP), the committed step in de novo guanosine monophosphate (GMP) biosynthesis. We have determined the crystal structures of IMPDH from the(More)
Peptide-N4-(N-acetyl-beta-D-glucosaminyl)asparagine amidase F (PNGase F) is an amidase that cleaves the beta-aspartylglucosylamine bond of asparagine-linked glycans. The 34.8-kDa (314 amino acids) enzyme has a very broad substrate specificity and is extensively used for studies of the structure and function of glycoproteins. Enzymatic activity of PNGase F(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is histopathologically characterized by neurodegeneration, the formation of intracellular neurofibrillary tangles and extracellular Aβ deposits that derive from proteolytic processing of the amyloid precursor protein (APP). As rodents do not normally develop Aβ pathology, various transgenic animal models of AD were designed to(More)
PNGase F is an amidase that hydrolyzes the beta-aspartylglucosylamine bond of asparagine-linked glycopeptides and glycoproteins. Enzymatic activity of PNGase F requires the recognition of both the peptide and the carbohydrate moiety. Crystals of PNGase F were grown by sitting drop vapor diffusion methods at 10 degrees C. The precipitating buffer contains(More)
The resistance of the human parasite Brugia malayi to the antiparasitic activity of cyclosporin A (CsA) may arise from the presence of cyclophilins with relatively low affinity for the drug. The structure of the complex of B. malayi cyclophilin (BmCYP-1) and CsA, with eight independent copies in the asymmetric unit, has been determined at a resolution of(More)
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