Souzan Armstrong

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The effects of deimination (conversion of arginyl to citrullinyl residues) of myelin basic protein (MBP) on its binding to calmodulin (CaM) have been examined. Four species of MBP were investigated: unmodified recombinant murine MBP (rmMBP-Cit(0)), an engineered protein with six quasi-citrullinyl (i.e., glutaminyl) residues per molecule (rmMBP-qCit(6)),(More)
The molecular nature of the protein-protein interactions between the catalytic domain from Pseudomonas aeruginosa exotoxin A (PE24H) and its protein substrate, eukaryotic elongation factor-2 (eEF-2) were probed using a fluorescence resonance energy transfer method. Single cysteine mutant proteins of PE24H were prepared and site-specifically labeled with the(More)
Pseudomonas aeruginosa exotoxin A (ETA) is a member of the family of bacterial ADP-ribosylating toxins that use NAD(+) as the ADP-ribose donor. The reaction catalyzed by ETA involves the nucleophilic attack of the diphthamide residue on the anomeric carbon of the nicotinamide ribose forming a new glycosidic bond. A fluorometric assay involving the use of(More)
A series of small, nonpolar compounds were tested for their ability to inhibit the ADP-ribosyl transferase activity of Pseudomonas aeruginosa exotoxin A. The IC50 values for the compounds tested ranged from 87 nM to 484 microM for NAP and CMP12, respectively. It was demonstrated that NAP was a competitive inhibitor of the ADPRT reaction for the NAD+(More)
The catalytic mechanism for the mono-ADP-ribosyltransferase activity of Pseudomonas aeruginosa exotoxin A was investigated by steady-state and stopped-flow kinetic analyses. The rate constants for binding of the NAD(+) substrate to the enzyme were found to be 4.7 +/- 0.4 microM(-1) s(-1) and 194 +/- 15 s(-1) for k(on) and k(off), respectively. The k(on) and(More)
N-Acylthioureas are excellent ligands for a variety of heavy metals, but their metal selectivity is highly dependent on the precise nature of the substituents present. In this paper we show how combinatorial chemistry techniques can be used to establish relative affinities for copper within a mixture of 100 such thioureas. Following a straightforward(More)
The effects of deimination (conversion of arginyl to citrullinyl residues) of myelin basic protein (MBP) on its binding to calmodulin (CaM) have been examined. Four species of MBP were investigated: unmodified recombinant murine MBP (rmMBP-Cit0), an engineered protein with six quasi-citrullinyl (i.e., glutaminyl) residues per molecule (rmMBP-qCit6), human(More)
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