Vicky Katsemi

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Replacement of non-exchangeable protons by deuterons has become a standard tool in structural studies of proteins on the order of 30-40 kDa to overcome problems arising from rapid (1)H and (13)C transverse relaxation. However, (1)H nuclei are required at exchangeable sites to maintain the benefits of proton detection. Protein expression in D(2)O-based media(More)
The active site, the substrate binding site, and the metal binding sites of the diisopropylfluorophosphatase (DFPase) from Loligo vulgaris have been modified by means of site-directed mutagenesis to improve our understanding of the reaction mechanism. Enzymatic characterization of mutants located in the major groove of the substrate binding pocket indicates(More)
Methods are described to correlate aromatic 1H(delta)2/13C(delta)2 or 1H(epsilon)1/15N(epsilon)1 with aliphatic 13C(beta) chemical shifts of histidine and tryptophan residues, respectively. The pulse sequences exclusively rely on magnetization transfers via one-bond scalar couplings and employ [15N, 1H]- and/or [13C, 1H]-TROSY schemes to enhance(More)
We demonstrate two novel approaches to enhance interactions of polymer-immobilized biomolecules with their substrates. In the first approach, diisopropylfluorophosphatase (DFPase) containing poly(urethane) (PU) coatings were made microporous by incorporating, then extracting, poly(ethylene glycol)-based diesters as porogens. Incorporation of 2% w/w porogen(More)
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