Philipp Christen

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Molecular chaperones of the Hsp70 type transiently sequester unfolded segments of proteins and promote their correct folding. Target peptides were labeled with an environmentally sensitive fluorophore so that their binding to the molecular chaperone DnaK of Escherichia coli could be followed in real time. The two-step process was characterized by relaxation(More)
Comparison of the amino acid sequences of nine different pyridoxal-5'-phosphate-dependent amino acid decarboxylases indicated that they can be subdivided into four different groups that seem to be evolutionarily unrelated to each other. Group I is represented by glycine decarboxylase, a component of a multienzyme system; group II comprises glutamate,(More)
A total of 150 amino acid sequences of vitamin B6-dependent enzymes are known to date, the largest contingent being furnished by the aminotransferases with 51 sequences of 14 different enzymes. All aminotransferase sequences were aligned by using algorithms for sequence comparison, hydropathy patterns and secondary structure predictions. The(More)
Methanol dehydrogenase-like protein XoxF of Methylobacterium extorquens AM1 exhibits a sequence identity of 50 % to the catalytic subunit MxaF of periplasmic methanol dehydrogenase in the same organism. The latter has been characterized in detail, identified as a pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ)-dependent protein, and shown to be essential for growth in the(More)
The assimilation of one-carbon (C1) compounds, such as methanol, by serine cycle methylotrophs requires the continuous regeneration of glyoxylate. Instead of the glyoxylate cycle, this process is achieved by a not yet established pathway where CoA thioesters are known to play a key role. We applied state-of-the-art metabolomics and (13)C metabolomics(More)
The kinetics of complex formation between nine different fluorescence-labeled peptides (7-22 amino acid residues) and DnaK (Hsp70 homologue of Escherichia coli) in the nucleotide-free R state and in the ATP-liganded T state were measured. R-state DnaK (1 microM) formed high-affinity complexes (Kd = 0.06-2 microM) and bound all peptides (22-50 nM) in slow(More)
Pyridoxal-5'-phosphate-dependent enzymes catalyze manifold reactions in the metabolism of amino acids. A comprehensive comparison of amino acid sequences has shown that most of these enzymes can be assigned to one of three different families of homologous proteins. The sequences of the enzymes of each family were aligned and their homology confirmed by(More)
The pyridoxal-5-phosphate-dependent enzymes (B6 enzymes) that act on amino acid substrates are of multiple evolutionary origin. The numerous common mechanistic features of B6 enzymes thus are not historical traits passed on from a common ancestor enzyme but rather reflect evolutionary or chemical necessities. Family profile analysis of amino acid sequences(More)
The molecular chaperone DnaK, the Hsp70 homolog of Escherichia coli, acts in concert with the co-chaperones DnaJ and GrpE. The aim of this study was to identify the particular phase of the peptide binding-release cycle of the DnaK/DnaJ/GrpE system that is directly responsible for the chaperone effects. By real-time kinetic measurements of changes in the(More)
Hsp70s assist the folding of proteins in an ATP-dependent manner. DnaK, the Hsp70 of Escherichia coli, acts in concert with its co-chaperones DnaJ and GrpE. Amino acid substitutions (D388R and L391S/L392G) in the linker region between the ATPase and substrate-binding domain did not affect the functional domain coupling and oligomerization of DnaK. The(More)