Jamie A. Wibbenmeyer

University of Houston, Houston, Texas, United States

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Publications (6)59.69 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: The structure of the complex between hen egg-white lysozyme and the Fab HyHEL-5 at 2.7 A resolution has previously been reported [Cohen et al. (1996), Acta Cryst. D52, 315-326]. With the availability of recombinant Fab, the X-ray structure of the complex has been re-evaluated at 1.7 A resolution. The refined structure has yielded a detailed picture of the Fab-lysozyme interface, showing the high complementarity of the protein surfaces as well as several water molecules within the interface that complete the good fit. The model of the full complex has improved significantly, yielding an R(work) of 19.5%. With this model, the structural results can be compared with the results of isothermal titration calorimetry. An attempt has been made to estimate the changes in bound waters that accompany complex formation and the difficulties inherent in using the crystal structures to provide the information necessary to make this calculation are discussed.
    Acta Crystallographica Section D Biological Crystallography 06/2005; 61(Pt 5):628-33. DOI:10.1107/S0907444905007870 · 2.67 Impact Factor
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    Arnaud Baslé · Randa Qutub · Mahsa Mehrazin · Jamie Wibbenmeyer · Anne H Delcour ·
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    ABSTRACT: The molecular basis for the voltage and pH dependence of the Escherichia coli OmpF porin activity remains unknown. The L3 loop was previously shown not be involved in voltage dependence. Here we used seven OmpF mutants where single extracellular loops, except L3, were deleted one at a time. The proteins are expressed at levels comparable to wild-type and purified as trimers. Wild-type and mutant proteins were inserted into planar lipid bilayers for electrophysiological measurement of their activity. Current-voltage relationships show the typical porin channel closure at voltages greater than the critical voltage. Measurements of critical voltages for the seven deletion mutants showed no significant differences relative to wild-type, hence eliminating the role of single loops in voltage sensitivity. However, deletions of loops L1, L7 or L8 affected the tendency of channels to close at acidic pH. Wild-type channels close more readily at acidic pH and their open probability is decreased by approximately 60% at pH 4.0 relative to pH 7.0. For mutants lacking loop L1, L7 or L8, the channel open probability was found not to be significantly different at pH 4.0 than at pH 7.0. The other deletion mutants retained a pH sensitivity similar to the wild-type channel. Possible mechanistic scenarios for the voltage- and pH dependence of E.coli OmpF porin are discussed based on these results.
    Protein Engineering Design and Selection 10/2004; 17(9):665-72. DOI:10.1093/protein/gzh078 · 2.54 Impact Factor
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    Jamie A Wibbenmeyer · Daniele Provenzano · Candice F Landry · Karl E Klose · Anne H Delcour ·
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    ABSTRACT: OmpT and OmpU are pore-forming proteins of the outer membrane of Vibrio cholerae, a pathogen that colonizes the intestine and produces cholera. Expression of the ompU and ompT genes is under the regulation of ToxR, a transmembrane transcriptional activator that also controls expression of virulence factors. It was recently shown that bile stimulates the ToxR-mediated transcription of ompU and that ompU-expressing strains are more resistant to bile and anionic detergents than ompT-expressing cells. In order to further understand the role of the OmpT and OmpU porins in the ability of V. cholerae to survive and colonize the host intestine, we examined the outer membrane permeability of cells expressing only ompU or only ompT or both genes in the absence and in the presence of bile. By comparing various strains in terms of the rate of degradation of the beta-lactam antibiotic cephaloridine by the periplasmic beta-lactamase, we found that the permeation of the antibiotic through the outer membrane of OmpU-containing cells was slower than the permeation in OmpT-containing cells. In addition, the OmpU-mediated outer membrane permeability was not affected by external bile, while the OmpT-mediated antibiotic flux was reduced by bile in a concentration-dependent manner. Our results confirm that OmpT and OmpU provide a passageway for hydrophilic solutes through the outer membrane and demonstrate that bile might interfere with this traffic in OmpT-producing cells by functionally inhibiting the OmpT pore. The insensitivity of OmpU to bile may be due to its small pore size and may provide an explanation for the resistance of OmpU-producing cells to bile in vivo.
    Infection and Immunity 02/2002; 70(1):121-6. DOI:10.1128/IAI.70.1.121-126.2002 · 3.73 Impact Factor
  • JA Wibbenmeyer · P Schuck · S J Smith-Gill · R C Willson ·
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    ABSTRACT: The binding of murine monoclonal antibody HyHEL-5 to lysozyme has been the subject of extensive crystallographic, computational, and experimental investigations. The complex of HyHEL-5 with hen egg lysozyme (HEL) features salt bridges between Fab heavy chain residue Glu(50), and Arg(45) and Arg(68) of HEL. This interaction has been predicted to play a dominant role in the association on the basis of molecular electrostatics calculations. The association of aspartic acid and glutamine mutants at position 50(H) of the cloned HyHEL-5 Fab with HEL and bobwhite quail lysozyme (BQL), an avian variant bearing an Arg(68) --> Lys substitution in the epitope, was characterized by isothermal titration calorimetry and sedimentation equilibrium. Affinities for HEL were reduced by 400-fold (E50(H)D) and 40,000-fold (E50(H)Q) (DeltaDeltaG degrees estimated at 4.0 and 6.4 kcal mol(-1), respectively). The same mutations reduce affinity for BQL by only 7- and 55-fold, respectively, indicating a reduced specificity for HEL. The loss of affinity upon mutation is in each case primarily due to an unfavorable change in the enthalpy of the interaction; the entropic contribution is virtually unchanged. An enthalpy-entropy compensation exists for each interaction; DeltaH degrees decreases, while DeltaS degrees increases with temperature. The DeltaCp for each mutant interaction is less negative than the wild-type. Mutant-cycle analysis suggests the mutations present in the HyHEL-5 Fab mutants are linked to those present in the BQL with coupling energies between 3 and 4 kcal mol(-1).
    Journal of Biological Chemistry 10/1999; 274(38):26838-42. DOI:10.1074/jbc.274.38.26838 · 4.57 Impact Factor
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    Jason C. Murphy · Jamie A. Wibbenmeyer · George E. Fox · Richard C. Willson ·
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    ABSTRACT: A scaleable method for the liquid-phase separation of plasmid DNA from RNA.
    Nature Biotechnology 09/1999; 17(8):822-3. DOI:10.1038/11777 · 41.51 Impact Factor
  • Jamie A. Wibbenmeyer · K.Asish Xavier · Sandra J. Smith-Gill · Richard C. Willson ·
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    ABSTRACT: Hybridoma cDNAs encoding the individual chains of the Fab fragment of the well characterized murine monoclonal antibody HyHEL-5 were cloned and sequenced. The recombinant Fab fragment was produced by expressing each chain in a separate Escherichia coli pET vector, denaturing inclusion bodies and co-refolding. Characterization of the purified Fab by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry and N-terminal amino acid sequencing demonstrated proper processing of the individual chains. The association of the recombinant Fab fragment with hen egg lysozyme and the avian epitope variant bobwhite quail lysozyme was found by isothermal titration calorimetry to have energetics very similar to that of the HyHEL-5 IgG. Heterologous expression of the HyHEL-5 Fab fragment opens the way to structure/function studies in this well-known system.
    Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 04/1999; 1430(2):191-202. DOI:10.1016/S0167-4838(98)00285-4 · 4.66 Impact Factor