A Planas

Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcino, Catalonia, Spain

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    ABSTRACT: An intein-driven protein splicing approach allowed for the covalent linkage between the N- and C-termini of a polypeptide chain to create circular variants of the endo-β-1,3-1,4-glucanase, LicA, from Bacillus licheniformis. Two circular variants, LicA-C1 and LicA-C2, which have connecting loops of 20 and 14 amino acids, respectively, showed catalytic activities that are approximately two and three times higher, respectively, compared to that of the linear LicA (LicA-L1). The thermal stability of the circular variants was significantly increased compared to the linear form. Whereas the linear glucanase lost half of its activity after 3 min at 65 °C, the two circular variants have 6-fold (LicA-C1) and 16-fold (LicA-C2) increased half-life time of inactivation. In agreement with this, fluorescence spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry studies revealed that circular enzymes undergo structural changes at higher temperatures compared to that of the linear form. The effect of calcium on the conformational stability and function of the circular LicAs was also investigated, and we observed that the presence of calcium ions results in increased thermal stability. The impact of the length of the designed loops on thermal stability of the circular proteins is discussed, and it is suggested that cyclization may be an efficient strategy for the increased stability of proteins.
    Applied biochemistry and biotechnology 06/2012; 167(7):2039-53. · 1.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Pyrococcus furiosus laminarinase (LamA, PF0076) is an endo-glycosidase that hydrolyzes beta-1,3-glucooligosaccharides, but not beta-1,4-gluco-oligosaccharides. We studied the specificity of LamA towards small saccharides by using 4-methylumbelliferyl beta-glucosides with different linkages. Besides endo-activity, wild-type LamA has some exo-activity, and catalyzes the hydrolysis of mixed-linked oligosaccharides (Glcbeta4Glcbeta3Glcbeta-MU (Glc = glucosyl, MU = 4-methylumbelliferyl)) with both beta-1,4 and beta-1,3 specificities. The LamA mutant E170A had severely reduced hydrolytic activity, which is consistent with Glu170 being the catalytic nucleophile. The E170A mutant was active as a glycosynthase, catalyzing the condensation of alpha-laminaribiosyl fluoride to different acceptors. The best condensation yields were found at pH 6.5 and 50 degrees C, but did not exceed 30%. Depending on the acceptor, the synthase generated either a beta-1,3 or a beta-1,4 linkage.
    Archaea (Vancouver, B.C.) 11/2004; 1(4):285-92. · 2.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Glycosynthases are engineered glycosidases which are hydrolytically inactive yet efficiently catalyse transglycosylation reactions of glycosyl fluoride donors, and are thus promising tools for the enzymatic synthesis of oligosaccharides. Two endo-glycosynthases, the E134A mutant of 1,3/1,4-beta-glucanase from Bacillus licheniformis and the E197A mutant of cellulase Cel7B from Humicola insolens, were used in coupled reactions for the stepwise synthesis of hexasaccharide substrates of 1,3/1,4-beta-glucanases. Because the two endo-glycosynthases show different specificity, towards laminaribiosyl and cellobiosyl donors, respectively, the target hexasaccharides were prepared by condensation of the corresponding disaccharide building blocks through sequential addition of the glycosynthases in a "one-pot" process. Different strategies were used to achieve the desired transglycosylation between donor and acceptor in each step, and to prevent unwanted elongation of the first condensation product and polymerization (self-condensation) of the donor: 1) selection of disaccharide donors differing in the configuration of the hydroxyl substituent normally acting as acceptor, 2) temporary protection of the polymerizable hydroxyl group of the donor, or 3) addition of an excess of acceptor to decrease the probability that the donor can act as an acceptor. The best procedure involved the condensation of alpha-lactosyl or 4II-O-tetrahydropyranyl-alpha-cellobiosyl fluorides with alpha-laminaribiosyl fluoride, catalyzed by E197A Cel7B, to give tetrasaccharide fluorides, which were then the donors for in situ condensation with methyl beta-cellobioside catalyzed by E134A 1,3/1,4-beta-glucanase. After isolation, the final hexasaccharides Gal/beta4Glcbeta4Glcbeta3Glcbeta4Glcbeta4Glcbeta-OMe and Glcbeta4Glcbeta4Glcbeta3Glcbeta4Glcbeta4-Glcbeta-OMe were obtained in 70-80% overall yields.
    Chemistry 12/2001; 7(21):4651-5. · 5.83 Impact Factor
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    M Abel, A Planas, U Christensen
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    ABSTRACT: In the present study the first stopped-flow experiments performed on Bacillus 1,3-1,4-beta-glucanases are reported. The presteady-state kinetics of the binding of 4-methylumbelliferyl 3-O-beta-cellobiosyl-beta-D-glucoside to the inactive mutant E134A, and the wild-type-catalysed hydrolysis of the same substrate, were studied by measuring changes in the fluorescence of bound substrate or 4-methylumbelliferone produced. The presteady-state traces all showed an initial lag phase followed by a fast monoexponential phase leading to equilibration (for binding to E134A) or to steady state product formation (for the wild-type reaction). The lag phase, with a rate constant of the order of 100 s(-1), was independent of the substrate concentration; apparently an induced-fit mechanism governs the formation of enzyme-substrate complexes. The concentration dependencies of the observed rate constant of the second presteady-state phase were analysed according to a number of reaction models. For the reaction of the wild-type enzyme, it is shown that the fast product formation observed before steady state is not due to a rate-determining deglycosylation step. A model that can explain the observed results involves, in addition to the induced fit, a conformational change of the productive ES complex into a form that binds a second substrate molecule in a non-productive mode.
    Biochemical Journal 08/2001; 357(Pt 1):195-202. · 4.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The Streptomyces sp. beta-glucosidase (Bgl3) is a retaining glycosidase that belongs to family 1 glycosyl hydrolases. Steady-state kinetics with p-nitrophenyl beta-D-glycosides revealed that the highest k(cat)/K(M) values are obtained with glucoside (with strong substrate inhibition) and fucoside (with no substrate inhibition) substrates and that Bgl3 has 10-fold glucosidase over galactosidase activity. Reactivity studies by means of a Hammett analysis using a series of substituted aryl beta-glucosides gave a biphasic plot log k(cat) vs pK(a) of the phenol aglycon: a linear region with a slope of beta(lg) = -0.8 for the less reactive substrates (pK(a) > 8) and no significant dependence for activated substrates (pK(a) < 8). Thus, according to the two-step mechanism of retaining glycosidases, formation of the glycosyl-enzyme intermediate is rate limiting for the former substrates, while hydrolysis of the intermediate is for the latter. To identify key catalytic residues and on the basis of sequence similarity to other family 1 beta-glucosidases, glutamic acids 178 and 383 were changed to glutamine and alanine by site-directed mutagenesis. Mutation of Glu178 to Gln and Ala yielded enzymes with 250- and 3500-fold reduction in their catalytic efficiencies, whereas larger reduction (10(5)-10(6)-fold) were obtained for mutants at Glu383. The functional role of both residues was probed by a chemical rescue methodology based on activation of the inactive Ala mutants by azide as exogenous nucleophile. The E178A mutant yielded the beta-glucosyl azide adduct (by (1)H NMR) with a 200-fold increase on k(cat) for the 2,4-dinitrophenyl glucoside but constant k(cat)/K(M) on azide concentration. On the other hand, the E383A mutant with the same substrate gave the alpha-glucosyl azide product and a 100-fold increase in k(cat) at 1 M azide. In conclusion, Glu178 is the general acid/base catalyst and Glu383 the catalytic nucleophile. The results presented here indicate that Bgl3 beta-glucosidase displays kinetic and mechanistic properties similar to other family 1 enzymes analyzed so far. Subtle differences in behavior would lie in the fine and specific architecture of their respective active sites.
    Biochemistry 06/2001; 40(20):5975-82. · 3.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The mutant E134A 1,3-1,4-beta-glucanase from Bacillus licheniformis, in which the catalytic nucleophilic residue has been removed by mutation to alanine, has its hydrolytic activity rescued by exogenous formate in a concentration-dependent manner. A long-lived alpha-glycosyl formate is detected and identified by (1)H-NMR and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time-of-flight-MS. The intermediate is kinetically competent, since it is, at least partially, enzymically hydrolysed, and able to act as a glycosyl donor in transglycosylation reactions. This transient compound represents a true covalent glycosyl-enzyme intermediate mimic of the proposed covalent intermediate in the reaction mechanism of retaining glycosidases.
    Biochemical Journal 05/2001; 355(Pt 1):79-86. · 4.65 Impact Factor
  • C Malet, A Planas
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    ABSTRACT: Removal of the catalytic nucleophile Glu134 of the retaining 1,3-1,4-beta-glucanase from Bacillus licheniformis by mutation to alanine yields an enzyme with no glycosidase activity. The mutant is able to catalyze the regio- and stereospecific glycosylation of alpha-laminaribiosyl fluoride with different glucoside acceptors through a single-step inverting mechanism. The main advantage of the mutant as glycosylation catalyst with respect to the kinetically controlled transglycosylation using the wild-type enzyme is that the reaction products cannot be hydrolyzed by the mutant enzyme, and glycosylation yields rise to 90%.
    FEBS Letters 12/1998; 440(1-2):208-12. · 3.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Enzymatic hydrolysis of barley (1-->3),(1-->4)-beta-D-glucan using a recombinant (1-->3),(1-->4)-beta-glucanase from Bacillus licheniformis gives Glc beta 4Glc beta 3Glc isolated after acetylation in 49% yield. Conventional treatment produced the corresponding beta-fluoride which was carefully de-O-acetylated. A transglycosylation reaction with this substrate, catalyzed by the title enzyme, gave Glc beta 4Glc beta 3Glc beta 4Glc beta 4Glc beta 3Glc in 20% yield.
    Carbohydrate Research 10/1998; 311(1-2):95-9. · 2.04 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The role of the key catalytic residues Glu134 and Glu138 in the retaining 1,3-1,4-beta-glucanase from Bacillus licheniformis is probed by a chemical rescue methodology based on enzyme activation of inactive mutants by the action of added nucleophiles. While Glu134 was proposed as the catalytic nucleophile on the basis of affinity labeling experiments, no functional proof supported the assignment of Glu138 as the general acid-base catalyst. Alanine replacements are prepared by site-directed mutagenesis to produce the inactive E138A and E134A mutants. Addition of azide reactivates the mutants in a concentration-dependent manner using an activated 2, 4-dinitrophenyl glycoside substrate. The chemical rescue operates by a different mechanism depending on the mutant as deduced from 1H NMR monitoring and kinetic analysis of enzyme reactivation. E138A yields the beta-glycosyl azide product arising from nucleophilic attack of azide on the glycosyl-enzyme intermediate, thus proving that Glu138 is the general acid-base residue. Azide activates the deglycosylation step (increasing kcat), but it also has a large effect on a previous step (as seen by the large decrease in KM, the increase in kcat/KM, and the pH dependence of activation), probably increasing the rate of glycosylation through Bronsted acid catalysis by enzyme-bound HN3. By contrast, azide reactivates the E134A mutant through a single inverting displacement to give the alpha-glycosyl azide product, consistent with Glu134 being the catalytic nucleophile. Formate as an exogenous nucleophile has no effect on the E138A mutant, whereas it is a better activator of E134A than azide. Although the reaction yields the normal hydrolysis product, a transient compound was detected by 1H NMR, tentatively assigned to the alpha-glycosyl formate adduct. This is the first case where a nonmodified sugar gives a long-lived covalent intermediate that mimics the proposed glycosyl-enzyme intermediate of retaining glycosidases.
    Biochemistry 09/1998; 37(32):11332-42. · 3.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A series of substituted aryl beta-glycosides derived from 3-O-beta-cellobiosyl-D-glucopyranose with different phenol-leaving group abilities as measured by the pKa of the free phenol group upon enzymatic hydrolysis has been synthesised. Aryl beta-glycosides with a pKa of the free phenol leaving group > 5 were prepared by phase-transfer glycosidation of the per-O-acetylated alpha-glycosyl bromide with the corresponding phenol, whereas the 2,4-dinitrophenyl beta-glycoside was obtained by condensation of 1-fluoro-2,4-dinitrobenzene with the partially acetylated trisaccharide followed by acid de-O-acetylation. The aryl beta-glycosides have been used for reactivity studies of the wild-type Bacillus licheniformis 1,3-1,4-beta-D-glucan 4-glucanohydrolase. The Hammett plot log kcat versus pKa is biphasic with an upward curvature at low pKa values suggesting a change in transition-state structure depending on the aglycon.
    Carbohydrate Research 09/1998; 310(1-2):53-64. · 2.04 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Protein thermostability has been investigated by two approaches. (A) Computational. To study the relationship between thermostability and conformational characteristics of proteins, 195 single amino acid residue replacements have been analysed for several protein conformational characteristics. From the analyses, some general rules arise which suggest where amino acid substitutions can be made to enhance protein thermostability. (B) Experimental. Glucohydrolases are biotechnologically important enzymes. We are analysing by site directed mutagenesis the structure/function relationship of two bacterial glucohydrolases, a 1,3-1,4-β-glucanase and a β-glucosidase. We have determined the key residues for catalysis and substrate binding, and redesigned the stability and specificity of the glucanase. A glucanase thermorresistant mutant (N57A) has been obtained.
    Progress in Biotechnology. 01/1998; 15:303-310.
  • C Malet, A Planas
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    ABSTRACT: The carbohydrate binding site of Bacillus licheniformis 1,3-1,4-beta-D-glucan 4-glucanohydrolase was probed with a series of synthetic 4-methylumbelliferyl beta-D-glucan oligosaccharides (1a-e). The title enzyme is a retaining endo-glycosidase that has an extended carbohydrate binding site composed of four glucopyranosyl binding subunits on the non-reducing end from the scissile glycosidic bond, plus two or three subsites on the reducing end. Subsites -II to -IV have a stabilizing effect on the enzyme-substrate transition state complex in the rate-determining step leading to a glycosyl-enzyme intermediate, with subsite -III having a larger effect (-3.5 kcal mol-1). Since KM values decrease from the mono- to the tetrasaccharide, part of the effect is due to ground stabilization of the Michaelis complex. On the other hand, the chromophoric trisaccharide 1c and the homologous nonchromogenic tetrasaccharide 2b, which locates a glucopyranosyl unit in subsite +I, have almost identical KM values, the difference in reactivity being a consequence of an 18-fold increase of kcat for 2b. Therefore, interactions between subsite +I and the substrate appear to be mainly used to lower the energy of the transition state in the glycosylation step, rather than in the stabilization of the Michaelis complex. Finally, the pH dependence of the kinetic parameters for the hydrolysis of 1c, and the pH-dependent enzyme inactivation by a water-soluble carbodiimide (EAC) suggest two essential groups with pKa values of 5.5 and 7.0 in the free enzyme. The latter value is shifted up to 1.5 pH units upon binding of substrate in the non-covalent enzyme-substrate complex.
    Biochemistry 12/1997; 36(45):13838-48. · 3.38 Impact Factor
  • J Pons, E Querol, A Planas
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    ABSTRACT: The carbohydrate-binding cleft of Bacillus licheniformis 1,3-1, 4-beta-D-glucan 4-glucanohydrolase is partially covered by the surface loop between residues 51 and 67, which is linked to beta-strand-(87-95) of the minor beta-sheet III of the protein core by a single disulfide bond at Cys61-Cys90. An alanine scanning mutagenesis approach has been applied to analyze the role of loop residues from Asp51 to Arg64 in substrate binding and stability by means of equilibrium urea denaturation, enzyme thermotolerance, and kinetics. The DeltaDeltaGU between oxidized and reduced forms is approximately constant for all mutants, with a contribution of 5.3 +/- 0.2 kcal.mol-1 for the disulfide bridge to protein stability. A good correlation is observed between DeltaGU values by reversible unfolding and enzyme thermotolerance. The N57A mutant, however, is more thermotolerant than the wild-type enzyme, whereas it is slightly less stable to reversible urea denaturation. Mutants with a <2-fold increase in Km correspond to mutations at residues not involved in substrate binding, for which the reduction in catalytic efficiency (kcat/Km) is proportional to the loss of stability relative to the wild-type enzyme. Y53A, N55A, F59A, and W63A, on the other hand, show a pronounced effect on catalytic efficiency, with Km > 2-fold and kcat < 5% of the wild-type values. These mutated residues are directly involved in substrate binding or in hydrophobic packing of the loop. Interestingly, the mutation M58A yields an enzyme that is more active than the wild-type enzyme (7-fold increase in kcat), but it is slightly less stable.
    Journal of Biological Chemistry 06/1997; 272(20):13006-12. · 4.65 Impact Factor
  • J Pons, A Planas, M Juncosa, E Querol
    Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) 02/1997; 67:209-18.
  • C Malet, J Vallés, J Bou, A Planas
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    ABSTRACT: The synthesis of 4-methylumbelliferyl 3-beta-O-cellobiosyl-beta-D-glucopyranoside (3a) and its use as specific substrate to monitor enzyme activity of 1,3-1,4-beta-D-glucan 4-glucanohydrolases are described. The chromophoric substrate 3a is prepared by a chemoenzymatic approach starting from barley grain, whose beta-D-glucan polysaccharide is degraded down to a tri- and tetrasaccharide by an extracellular extract of recombinant E. coli expressing and secreting Bacillus licheniformis 1,3-1,4-beta-glucanase. The trisaccharide 1 is further chemically transformed into the title compound. Its use as substrate for an enzyme activity assay, the specificity of cleavage, and kinetic parameters are reported. As it undergoes a single glycosidic bond hydrolysis with release of 4-methylumbelliferone, direct UV monitoring of the reaction provides a sensitive kinetic assay of the enzyme action.
    Journal of Biotechnology 08/1996; 48(3):209-19. · 3.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The crystal structure of the 1,3-1,4-beta-D-glucan 4-glucanohydrolase from Bacillus licheniformis is solved at a resolution of 1.8 A and refined to R = 16.5%. The protein has a similar beta-sandwich structure as the homologous enzyme from Bacillus macerans and the hybrid H(A16-M). This demonstrates that the jellyroll fold of these proteins is remarkably rigid and only weakly influenced by crystal contacts. The crystal structure permits to extend mechanistic considerations derived for the B. licheniformis enzyme to the entire class of bacterial 1,3-1,4-beta-D-glucan 4-glucanohydrolases.
    FEBS Letters 11/1995; 374(2):221-4. · 3.58 Impact Factor
  • Carbohydrate Research 10/1995; 274:285-301. · 2.04 Impact Factor

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  • 1992–2012
    • Universitat Ramon Llull
      • Department of Organic Chemistry
      Barcino, Catalonia, Spain
  • 2004
    • Wageningen University
      • Laboratory of Microbiology
      Wageningen, Provincie Gelderland, Netherlands
  • 1994–1997
    • Autonomous University of Barcelona
      • Institut de Biologia Fonamental
      Cerdanyola del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain