1. Understanding N-Acetyl-L-Glutamate Synthase Deficiency: Mutational Spectrum, Impact of Clinical Mutations on Enzyme Functionality, and Structural Considerations.

    Human Mutation 37(7):679 (2016) PMID 27037498

    N-acetyl-L-glutamate synthase (NAGS) deficiency (NAGSD), the rarest urea cycle defect, is clinically indistinguishable from carbamoyl phosphate synthetase 1 deficiency, rendering the identification of NAGS gene mutations key for differentiation, which is crucial, as only NAGSD has substitutive t...
  2. Structure of AmtR, the global nitrogen regulator of Corynebacterium glutamicum, in free and DNA-bound forms.

    FEBS Journal 283(6):1039 (2016) PMID 26744254

    Corynebacterium glutamicum is a bacterium used for industrial amino acid production, and understanding its metabolic pathway regulation is of high biotechnological interest. Here, we report crystal structures of AmtR, the global nitrogen regulator of C. glutamicum, in apo (2.25-Å and 2.65-Å reso...
  3. ALDH18A1 gene mutations cause dominant spastic paraplegia SPG9: loss of function effect and plausibility of a dominant negative mechanism.

    Brain 139(Pt 1):e3 (2016) PMID 26297558

  4. Arabidopsis ALIX is required for the endosomal localization of the deubiquitinating enzyme AMSH3.

    PNAS 112(40):E5543 (2015) PMID 26324913 PMCID PMC4603487

    Ubiquitination is a signal for various cellular processes, including for endocytic degradation of plasma membrane cargos. Ubiquitinating as well as deubiquitinating enzymes (DUBs) can regulate these processes by modifying the ubiquitination status of target protein. Although accumulating evidenc...
  5. ESCRT-III-Associated Protein ALIX Mediates High-Affinity Phosphate Transporter Trafficking to Maintain Phosphate Homeostasis in Arabidopsis.

    Plant Cell 27(9):2560 (2015) PMID 26342016 PMCID PMC4815105

    Prior to the release of their cargoes into the vacuolar lumen, sorting endosomes mature into multivesicular bodies (MVBs) through the action of ENDOSOMAL COMPLEX REQUIRED FOR TRANSPORT (ESCRT) protein complexes. MVB-mediated sorting of high-affinity phosphate transporters (PHT1) to the vacuole l...
  6. The Study of Carbamoyl Phosphate Synthetase 1 Deficiency Sheds Light on the Mechanism for Switching On/Off the Urea Cycle.

    Journal of Genetics and Genomics 42(5):249 (2015) PMID 26059772

    Carbamoyl phosphate synthetase 1 (CPS1) deficiency (CPS1D) is an inborn error of the urea cycle having autosomal (2q34) recessive inheritance that can cause hyperammonemia and neonatal death or mental retardation. We analyzed the effects on CPS1 activity, kinetic parameters and enzyme stability ...
  7. Structure of human carbamoyl phosphate synthetase: deciphering the on/off switch of human ureagenesis.

    Scientific reports 5:16950 (2015) PMID 26592762 PMCID PMC4655335

    Human carbamoyl phosphate synthetase (CPS1), a 1500-residue multidomain enzyme, catalyzes the first step of ammonia detoxification to urea requiring N-acetyl-L-glutamate (NAG) as essential activator to prevent ammonia/amino acids depletion. Here we present the crystal structures of CPS1 in the a...
  8. Ligand binding specificity of RutR, a member of the TetR family of transcription regulators in Escherichia coli.

    FEBS Open Bio 5:76 (2015) PMID 25685666 PMCID PMC4325133

    RutR is a member of the large family of TetR transcriptional regulators in Escherichia coli. It was originally discovered as the regulator of the rutABCDEFG operon encoding a novel pathway for pyrimidine utilization, but its highest affinity target is the control region of the carAB operon, enco...
  9. Recurrence of carbamoyl phosphate synthetase 1 (CPS1) deficiency in Turkish patients: characterization of a founder mutation by use of recombinant CPS1 from insect cells expression.

    Molecular Genetics and Metabolism 113(4):267 (2014) PMID 25410056

    Carbamoyl phosphate synthetase 1 (CPS1) deficiency due to CPS1 mutations is a rare autosomal-recessive urea cycle disorder causing hyperammonemia that can lead to death or severe neurological impairment. CPS1 catalyzes carbamoyl phosphate formation from ammonia, bicarbonate and two molecules of ...
  10. SPX1 is a phosphate-dependent inhibitor of Phosphate Starvation Response 1 in Arabidopsis.

    PNAS 111(41):14947 (2014) PMID 25271326 PMCID PMC4205628

    To cope with growth in low-phosphate (Pi) soils, plants have evolved adaptive responses that involve both developmental and metabolic changes. Phosphate Starvation Response 1 (PHR1) and related transcription factors play a central role in the control of Pi starvation responses (PSRs). How Pi lev...
  11. Crystal structures and functional studies clarify substrate selectivity and catalytic residues for the unique orphan enzyme N-acetyl-D-mannosamine dehydrogenase.

    Biochemical Journal 462(3):499 (2014) PMID 24969681

    NAMDH (N-acetyl-D-mannosamine dehydrogenase), from the soil bacteroidete Flavobacterium sp. 141-8, catalyses a rare NAD+-dependent oxidation of ManNAc (N-acetyl-D-mannosamine) into N-acetylmannosamino-lactone, which spontaneously hydrolyses into N-acetylmannosaminic acid. NAMDH belongs to the SD...
  12. The structure of a PII signaling protein from a halophilic archaeon reveals novel traits and high-salt adaptations.

    FEBS Journal 281(15):3299 (2014) PMID 24946894

    To obtain insights into archaeal nitrogen signaling and haloadaptation of the nitrogen/carbon/energy-signaling protein PII, we determined crystal structures of recombinantly produced GlnK2 from the extreme halophilic archaeon Haloferax mediterranei, complexed with AMP or with the PII effectors A...
  13. SPR analysis of promoter binding of Synechocystis PCC6803 transcription factors NtcA and CRP suggests cross-talk and sheds light on regulation by effector molecules.

    FEBS Letters 588(14):2270 (2014) PMID 24846138

    Surface plasmon resonance monitoring of the binding of transcription factors cAMP receptor protein (CRP) and nitrogen control factor of cyanobacteria (NtcA) from Synechocystis sp. PCC6803 to promoter fragments of glnA, glnN (NtcA regulon) and cccS (CRP regulon), revealed exclusive CRP binding to...
  14. Understanding carbamoyl phosphate synthetase (CPS1) deficiency by using the recombinantly purified human enzyme: effects of CPS1 mutations that concentrate in a central domain of unknown function.

    Molecular Genetics and Metabolism 112(2):123 (2014) PMID 24813853

    Carbamoyl phosphate synthetase 1 deficiency (CPS1D) is an inborn error of the urea cycle that is due to mutations in the CPS1 gene. In the first large repertory of mutations found in CPS1D, a small CPS1 domain of unknown function (called the UFSD) was found to host missense changes with high fre...
  15. Targeted degradation of abscisic acid receptors is mediated by the ubiquitin ligase substrate adaptor DDA1 in Arabidopsis.

    Plant Cell 26(2):712 (2014) PMID 24563205 PMCID PMC3967035

    CULLIN4-RING E3 ubiquitin ligases (CRL4s) regulate key developmental and stress responses in eukaryotes. Studies in both animals and plants have led to the identification of many CRL4 targets as well as specific regulatory mechanisms that modulate their function. The latter involve COP10-DET1-DD...
  16. Proteomics identifies ubiquitin-proteasome targets and new roles for chromatin-remodeling in the Arabidopsis response to phosphate starvation.

    Journal of Proteomics 94:1 (2013) PMID 24012629

    In order to identify new regulators of the phosphate (Pi) starvation signaling pathway in plants, we analyzed variation in the abundance of nuclear-enriched proteins isolated from Arabidopsis roots that depends on Pi supply. We used 2-D fluorescence difference gel electrophoresis and MALDI-TOF/T...
  17. Molecular characterization of carbamoyl-phosphate synthetase (CPS1) deficiency using human recombinant CPS1 as a key tool.

    Human Mutation 34(8):1149 (2013) PMID 23649895

    The urea cycle disease carbamoyl-phosphate synthetase deficiency (CPS1D) has been associated with many mutations in the CPS1 gene [Häberle et al., 2011. Hum Mutat 32:579-589]. The disease-causing potential of most of these mutations is unclear. To test the mutations effects, we have developed a ...
  18. Light and the E3 ubiquitin ligase COP1/SPA control the protein stability of the MYB transcription factors PAP1 and PAP2 involved in anthocyanin accumulation in Arabidopsis.

    Plant Journal 74(4):638 (2013) PMID 23425305

    Anthocyanins are natural pigments that accumulate only in light-grown and not in dark-grown Arabidopsis plants. Repression of anthocyanin accumulation in darkness requires the CONSTITUTIVELY PHOTOMORPHOGENIC1/SUPPRESSOR OF PHYA-105 (COP1/SPA) ubiquitin ligase, as cop1 and spa mutants produce ant...
  19. Roles of ubiquitination in the control of phosphate starvation responses in plants(f).

    Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 55(1):40 (2013) PMID 23206191

    Throughout evolution, plants have evolved sophisticated adaptive responses that allow them to grow with a limited supply of phosphate, the preferential form in which the essential macronutrient phosphorus is absorbed by plants. Most of these responses are aimed to increase phosphate availability...
  20. Citrin deficiency in a Romanian child living in Spain highlights the worldwide distribution of this defect and illustrates the value of nutritional therapy.

    Molecular Genetics and Metabolism 110(1-2):181 (2013) PMID 23835251

    We report citrin deficiency in a neonatal non-East-Asian patient, the ninth Caucasian reported with this disease. The association of intrahepatic cholestasis, galactosuria, very high alpha-fetoprotein and increased plasma and urine citrulline, tyrosine, methionine and threonine levels suggested ...