Ricardo Martí-Arbona

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The functional role of the alphaM3 transmembrane domain of the Torpedo nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (AChR) was characterized by performing tryptophan-scanning mutagenesis at 13 positions within alphaM3, from residue M278 through I290. The expression of the mutants in Xenopus oocytes was measured by [(125)I]-alpha-bungarotoxin binding, and ACh receptor(More)
With many genomes sequenced, a pressing challenge in biology is predicting the function of the proteins that the genes encode. When proteins are unrelated to others of known activity, bioinformatics inference for function becomes problematic. It would thus be useful to interrogate protein structures for function directly. Here, we predict the function of an(More)
Isoaspartyl dipeptidase from Escherichia coli functions in protein degradation by catalyzing the hydrolysis of beta-L-isoaspartyl linkages in dipeptides. The best substrate for the enzyme reported thus far is iso-Asp-Leu. Here we report the X-ray analysis of the enzyme in its resting state and complexed with aspartate to 1.65 and 2.1 A resolution,(More)
N-Formimino-l-glutamate iminohydrolase (HutF), from Pseudomonas aeruginosa with a locus tag of Pa5106 ( gi|15600299 ), is a member of the amidohydrolase superfamily. This enzyme catalyzes the deamination of N-formimino-l-glutamate to N-formyl-l-glutamate and ammonia in the histidine degradation pathway. The crystal structure of Pa5106 was determined in the(More)
The clustering of genes in a pathway and the co-location of functionally related genes is widely recognized in prokaryotes. We used these characteristics to predict the metabolic involvement for a Transcriptional Regulator (TR) of unknown function, identified and confirmed its biological activity. A software tool that identifies the genes encoded within a(More)
Isoaspartyl dipeptidase (IAD) is a member of the amidohydrolase superfamily and catalyzes the hydrolytic cleavage of beta-aspartyl dipeptides. Structural studies of the wild-type enzyme have demonstrated that the active site consists of a binuclear metal center positioned at the C-terminal end of a (beta/alpha)(8)-barrel domain. Steady-state kinetic(More)
Isoaspartyl dipeptidase (IAD) is a binuclear metalloenzyme and a member of the amidohydrolase superfamily. This enzyme catalyzes the hydrolytic cleavage of beta-aspartyl dipeptides. The pH-rate profiles for the hydrolysis of beta-Asp-Leu indicates that catalysis is dependent on the ionization of two groups; one that ionizes at a pH approximately 6 and the(More)
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