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1.  Purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of human enolase-phosphatase E1 
Recombinant human E1 enzyme has been crystallized using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method and diffraction-quality crystals were grown at 291 K using PEG 4000 as precipitant.
Enolase-phosphatase E1 (MASA) is a bifunctional enzyme in the ubiquitous methionine-salvage pathway and catalyzes the continuous reaction of 2,3-­diketo-5-methylthio-1-phosphopentane to yield the acireductone metabolite. Recombinant human E1 enzyme has been crystallized using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method and diffraction-quality crystals were grown at 291 K using PEG 4000 as precipitant. Diffraction data were collected to 1.7 Å resolution from SeMet-derivative crystals at 100 K using synchrotron radiation. The crystals belong to space group P212121, with unit-cell parameters a = 54.02, b = 57.55, c = 87.32 Å. The structure was subsequently solved by the multi-wavelength anomalous diffraction (MAD) phasing method.
doi:10.1107/S174430910501184X
PMCID: PMC1952300  PMID: 16511085
enolase-phosphatase E1; methionine salvage
2.  Roles of RubisCO and the RubisCO-Like Protein in 5-Methylthioadenosine Metabolism in the Nonsulfur Purple Bacterium Rhodospirillum rubrum▿ †  
Journal of Bacteriology  2009;192(5):1324-1331.
Ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (RubisCO) catalyzes the assimilation of atmospheric CO2 into organic matter and is thus central to the existence of life on earth. The beginning of the 2000s was marked by the discovery of a new family of proteins, the RubisCO-like proteins (RLPs), which are structural homologs of RubisCO. RLPs are unable to catalyze CO2 fixation. The RLPs from Chlorobaculum tepidum, Bacillus subtilis, Geobacillus kaustophilus, and Microcystis aeruginosa have been shown to participate in sulfur metabolism. Whereas the precise function of C. tepidum RLP is unknown, the B. subtilis, G. kaustophilus, and M. aeruginosa RLPs function as tautomerases/enolases in a methionine salvage pathway (MSP). Here, we show that the form II RubisCO enzyme from the nonsulfur purple bacterium Rhodospirillum rubrum is also able to function as an enolase in vivo as part of an MSP, but only under anaerobic conditions. However, unlike B. subtilis RLP, R. rubrum RLP does not catalyze the enolization of 2,3-diketo-5-methylthiopentyl-1-phosphate. Instead, under aerobic growth conditions, R. rubrum RLP employs another intermediate of the MSP, 5-methylthioribulose-1-phosphate, as a substrate, resulting in the formation of different products. To further determine the interrelationship between RubisCOs and RLPs (and the potential integration of cellular carbon and sulfur metabolism), the functional roles of both RubisCO and RLP have been examined in vivo via the use of specific knockout strains and complementation studies of R. rubrum. The presence of functional, yet separate, MSPs in R. rubrum under both aerobic (chemoheterotrophic) and anaerobic (photoheterotrophic) growth conditions has not been observed previously in any organism. Moreover, the aerobic and anaerobic sulfur salvage pathways appear to be differentially controlled, with novel and previously undescribed steps apparent for sulfur salvage in this organism.
doi:10.1128/JB.01442-09
PMCID: PMC2820871  PMID: 20038587
3.  Purification, crystallization and preliminary crystallographic study of an IDS-epimerase from Agrobacterium tumefaciens BY6 
This is the first report of the crystallization of an IDS-epimerase from A. tumefaciens BY6 and its l-selenomethionine derivative.
The initial degradation of all stereoisomers of the complexing agent iminodisuccinate (IDS) is enabled by an epimerase in the bacterial strain Agrobacterium tumefaciens BY6. This protein was produced in Escherichia coli, purified and crystallized by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method. Crystals of IDS-epimerase were obtained under several conditions. The best diffracting crystals were grown in 22% PEG 3350, 0.2 M (NH4)2SO4 and 0.1 M bis-Tris propane pH 7.2 at 293 K. These crystals belong to the monoclinic space group P21, with unit-cell parameters a = 55.4, b = 104.2, c = 78.6 Å, β = 103.3°, and diffracted to 1.7 Å resolution. They contain two protein molecules per asymmetric unit. In order to solve the structure using the MAD phasing method, crystals of the l-­selenomethionine-substituted epimerase were grown in the presence of 20% PEG 3350, 0.2 M Na2SO4 and 0.1 M bis-Tris propane pH 8.5.
doi:10.1107/S1744309106024195
PMCID: PMC2242926  PMID: 16880546
iminodisuccinate degradation; IDS; aminopolycarboxylates; epimerases; Agrobacterium tumefaciens; MmgE/PrpD family; PrpD
4.  Crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of d-­2-hydroxyacid dehydrogenase from Haloferax mediterranei  
The d-2-hydroxyacid dehydrogenase from Haloferax mediterranei has been crystallized in two different forms. Diffraction data have been collected to 1.9 Å resolution for the non-productive ternary complex of the enzyme and to 2.7 Å for the selenomethionyl derivative.
d-2-Hydroxyacid dehydrogenase (D2-HDH) from Haloferax mediterranei has been overexpressed in Escherichia coli, solubilized in 8 M urea and refolded by rapid dilution. The protein was purified and crystallized by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method using ammonium sulfate or PEG 3350 as precipitant. Two crystal forms representing the free enzyme and the non­productive ternary complex with α-ketohexanoic acid and NAD+ grew under these conditions. Crystals of form I diffracted to beyond 3.0 Å resolution and belonged to the monoclinic space group P21, with unit-cell parameters a = 66.0, b = 119.6, c = 86.2 Å, β = 96.3°. Crystals of form II diffracted to beyond 2.0 Å resolution and belonged to the triclinic space group P1, with unit-cell parameters a = 66.5, b = 75.2, c = 77.6 Å, α = 109.1, β = 107.5, γ = 95.9°. The calculated values for V M and analysis of the self-rotation and self-Patterson functions suggest that the asymmetric unit in both crystal forms contains two dimers related by pseudo-translational symmetry.
doi:10.1107/S174430910900863X
PMCID: PMC2664775  PMID: 19342795
d-­2-hydroxyacid dehydrogenase; Haloferax mediterranei
5.  Purification and crystallization of Bacillus subtilis NrnA, a novel enzyme involved in nanoRNA degradation 
The DHH-family phosphoesterase NrnA is involved in the degradation of small RNA oligomers. B. subtilis NrnA crystallized in space group P21 and diffracted X-rays to a resolution of 2.0 Å.
The final step in RNA degradation is the hydrolysis of RNA fragments five nucleotides or less in length (nanoRNA) to mononucleotides. In Escherichia coli this step is carried out by oligoribonuclease (Orn), a DEDD-family exoribonuclease that is conserved throughout eukaryotes. However, many bacteria lack Orn homologs, and an unrelated DHH-family phosphoesterase, NrnA, has recently been identified as one of the enzymes responsible for nanoRNA degradation in Bacillus subtilis. To understand its mechanism of action, B. subtilis NrnA was purified and crystallized at room temperature using the hanging-drop vapor-diffusion method with PEG 4000, PEG 3350 or PEG MME 2000 as precipitant. The crystals belonged to the primitive monoclinic space group P21, with unit-cell parameters a = 50.62, b = 121.3, c = 123.4 Å, α = 90, β = 91.31, γ = 90°.
doi:10.1107/S1744309111026509
PMCID: PMC3212371  PMID: 22102036
RNA degradation; Bacillus subtilis; exonucleases; pAp phosphatase
6.  Crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of human liver α-enolase 
α-Enolase from human liver (hENO1) was expressed as a soluble protein and purified by affinity column chromatography and gel filtration. Crystals were obtained by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method and diffracted to 2.5 Å resolution.
Enolase is a multifunctional enzyme that plays important roles in many biological and disease processes. α-Enolase from human liver (hENO1) was expressed as a soluble protein and purified by affinity column chromatography and gel filtration. Crystals were obtained by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method and diffracted to 2.5 Å resolution. The crystals belonged to space group P21, with unit-cell parameters a = 72.85, b = 66.02, c = 79.43 Å, β = 94.54°.
doi:10.1107/S1744309109004138
PMCID: PMC2650463  PMID: 19255486
human liver α-enolase
7.  Crystallization and preliminary characterization of dihydropteridine reductase from Dictyostelium discoideum  
The dihydropteridine reductase from D. discoideum has been crystallized. Diffraction data were collected from a rectangular-shaped crystal to 2.16 Å resolution.
Dihydropteridine reductase from Dictyostelium discoideum (dicDHPR) can produce d-threo-BH4 [6R-(1′R,2′R)-5,6,7,8-tetrahydrobiopterin], a stereoisomer of l-erythro-BH4, in the last step of tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) recycling. In this reaction, DHPR uses NADH as a cofactor to reduce quinonoid dihydro­biopterin back to BH4. To date, the enzyme has been purified to homogeneity from many sources. In this report, the dicDHPR–NAD complex has been crystallized using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method with PEG 3350 as a precipitant. Rectangular-shaped crystals were obtained. Crystals grew to maximum dimensions of 0.4 × 0.6 × 0.1 mm. The crystal belonged to space group P21, with unit-cell parameters a = 49.81, b = 129.90, c = 78.76 Å, β = 100.00°, and contained four molecules in the asymmetric unit, forming two closely interacting dicDHPR–NAD dimers. Diffraction data were collected to 2.16 Å resolution using synchrotron radiation. The crystal structure has been determined using the molecular-replacement method.
doi:10.1107/S1744309108028479
PMCID: PMC2581689  PMID: 18997329
dihydropteridine reductase; tetrahydrobiopterin; Dictyostelium discoideum
8.  Crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of methylthioribose-1-phosphate isomerase from Bacillus subtilis  
Crystals of the 39 kDa functional form of methylthioribose-1-phosphate isomerase from B. subtilis diffracted to 2.50 Å.
Methylthioribose-1-phosphate isomerase (MtnA) from Bacillus subtilis, the first enzyme in the downstream section of the methionine-salvage pathway, was crystallized using the sitting-drop vapour-diffusion method. Crystals grew using ammonium sulfate as the precipitant at 293 K. They diffracted to 2.5 Å at 100 K using synchrotron radiation and were found to belong to the tetragonal space group P41, with unit-cell parameters a = b = 69.2, c = 154.7 Å. The asymmetric unit contains two molecules of MtnA, with a V M value of 2.4 Å3 Da−1 and a solvent content of 48%.
doi:10.1107/S1744309105015757
PMCID: PMC1952323  PMID: 16511105
methylthioribose-1-phosphate; methylthioribulose-1-phosphate; methylthioadenosine
9.  Crystallization and preliminary crystallographic analysis of nosiheptide-resistance methyltransferase from Streptomyces actuosus in complex with SAM 
The expression, purification and crystallization of nosiheptide-resistance methyltransferase (NSR) from Streptomyces actuosus is described.
Nosiheptide-resistance methyltransferase (NSR) methylates 23S rRNA at the nucleotide adenosine 1067 in Escherichia coli and thus contributes to resistance against nosiheptide, a sulfur-containing peptide antibiotic. Here, the expression, purification and crystallization of NSR from Streptomyces actuosus are reported. Diffracting crystals were grown by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method in reservoir solution consisting of 0.35 M ammonium chloride, 24%(w/v) PEG 3350, 0.1 M MES pH 5.7 at 293 K. Native data have been collected from the apo enzyme and a SAM complex, as well as apo SeMet SAD data. The diffraction patterns of the apo form of NSR, of NSR complexed with SAM and of SeMet-labelled NSR crystals extended to 1.90, 1.95 and 2.25 Å resolution, respectively, using synchrotron radiation. All crystals belonged to space group P21, with approximate unit-cell parameters a = 64.6, b = 69.6, c = 64.9 Å, β = 117.8°.
doi:10.1107/S1744309110011395
PMCID: PMC2864697  PMID: 20445264
nosiheptide; nosiheptide-resistance methyltransferase; 23S rRNA methyltransferase; SAM
10.  Cloning, expression, purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of the central zinc-binding domain of the human Mcm10 DNA-replication factor 
Mcm10 is a highly conserved nuclear protein that plays a key role in the initiation and elongation processes of DNA replication by providing a physical link between the Mcm2–7 complex and DNA polymerases. In this study, the central domain of human Mcm10 was crystallized using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method in the presence of PEG 3350.
The initiation of eukaryotic DNA replication requires the tightly controlled assembly of a set of replication factors. Mcm10 is a highly conserved nuclear protein that plays a key role in the initiation and elongation processes of DNA replication by providing a physical link between the Mcm2–7 complex and DNA polymerases. The central domain, which contains the CCCH zinc-binding motif, is most conserved within Mcm10 and binds to DNA and several proteins, including proliferative cell nuclear antigen. In this study, the central domain of human Mcm10 was crystallized using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method in the presence of PEG 3350. An X-ray diffraction data set was collected to a resolution of 2.6 Å on a synchrotron beamline. The crystals formed belonged to space group R3, with unit-cell parameters a = b = 99.5, c = 133.0 Å. According to Matthews coefficient calculations, the crystals were predicted to contain six MCM10 central domain molecules in the asymmetric unit.
doi:10.1107/S1744309108011640
PMCID: PMC2496859  PMID: 18540058
Mcm10; zinc-binding domain; DNA replication
11.  Crystallization and preliminary crystallographic study of carnosinase CN2 from mice 
Mouse carnosinase was crystallized in complex with Zn2+ or Mn2+ and the complexes are undergoing structure determination by the MAD method.
Mammalian tissues contain several histidine-containing dipeptides, of which l-­carnosine is the best characterized and is found in various tissues including the brain and skeletal muscles. However, the mechanism for its biosynthesis and degradation have not yet been fully elucidated. Crystallographic study of carnosinase CN2 from mouse has been undertaken in order to understand its enzymatic mechanism from a structural viewpoint. CN2 was crystallized by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion technique using PEG 3350 as a precipitant. Crystals were obtained in complex with either Mn2+ or Zn2+. Both crystals of CN2 belong to the monoclinic space group P21 and have almost identical unit-cell parameters (a = 54.41, b = 199.77, c = 55.49 Å, β = 118.52° for the Zn2+ complex crystals). Diffraction data were collected to 1.7 and 2.3 Å for Zn2+ and Mn2+ complex crystals, respectively, using synchrotron radiation. Structure determination is ongoing using the multiple-wavelength anomalous diffraction (MAD) method.
doi:10.1107/S1744309106034701
PMCID: PMC2225185  PMID: 17012794
carnosine; mouse; metalloenzymes
12.  Crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of the complex between a Bacillus subtilis α/β-type small acid-soluble spore protein and DNA 
An α/β-type small, acid-soluble spore protein (SASP) from Bacillus subtilis, a major source of DNA protection against damaging effects in spores, was crystallized in a functionally relevant complex with a double-stranded DNA. This report provides insights into initial characterization of the complex and its structure elucidation.
An engineered variant of an α/β-type small acid-soluble spore protein (SASP) from Bacillus subtilis was crystallized in a complex with a ten-base-pair double-stranded DNA by the hanging-drop vapor-diffusion method using ammonium sulfate as a precipitating agent. Crystals grew at 281 K using sodium cacodylate buffer pH 5.5 and these crystals diffracted X-rays to beyond 2.4 Å resolution using synchrotron radiation. The crystallized complex contains two or three SASP molecules bound to one DNA molecule. The crystals belong to the hexagonal space group P6122 or P6522, with unit-cell parameters a = b = 87.0, c = 145.4 Å, α = β = 90.0, γ = 120.0°. Diffraction data were 96.6% complete to 2.4 Å resolution, with an R sym of 8.5%. Structure solution by the multiwavelength/single-wavelength anomalous dispersion method using isomorphous crystals of selenomethionine-labeled protein is in progress.
doi:10.1107/S1744309107022750
PMCID: PMC2335083  PMID: 17554173
small acid-soluble spore protein; spore resistance; DNA; Bacillus subtilis
13.  Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of the electron-transfer complex between the terminal oxygenase component and ferredoxin in the Rieske non-haem iron oxygenase system carbazole 1,9a-dioxygenase 
The electron-transfer complex between the terminal oxygenase and ferredoxin of carbazole 1,9a-dioxygenase was crystallized and diffraction data were collected to 1.90 Å resolution.
Carbazole 1,9a-dioxygenase, which consists of an oxygenase component (CARDO-O) and the electron-transport components ferredoxin (CARDO-F) and ferredoxin reductase (CARDO-R), catalyzes dihydroxylation at the C1 and C9a positions of carbazole. The electron-transport complex between CARDO-­O and CARDO-F crystallizes at 293 K using hanging-drop vapour diffusion with the precipitant PEG MME 2000 (type I crystals) or PEG 3350 (type II). Blossom-shaped crystals form from a pile of triangular plate-shaped crystals. The type I crystal diffracts to a maximum resolution of 1.90 Å and belongs to space group P21, with unit-cell parameters a = 97.1, b = 89.8, c = 104.9 Å, α = γ = 90, β = 103.8°. Diffraction data for the type I crystal gave an overall R merge of 8.0% and a completeness of 100%. Its V M value is 2.63 Å3 Da−1, indicating a solvent content of 53.2%.
doi:10.1107/S1744309105014557
PMCID: PMC1952320  PMID: 16511100
angular dioxygenases; carbazole; electron-transfer complexes; Rieske non-haem iron oxygenase systems; Rieske-type ferredoxins; Rieske-type proteins
14.  Crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of ZHE1, a hatching enzyme from the zebrafish Danio rerio  
The hatching enzyme of zebrafish, ZHE1, was expressed, purified and crystallized using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method. The crystal belonged to space group P212121 and diffracted X-rays to a resolution of 1.14 Å.
The hatching enzyme of the zebrafish, ZHE1 (29.3 kDa), is a zinc metallo­protease that catalyzes digestion of the egg envelope (chorion). ZHE1 was heterologously expressed in Escherichia coli, purified and crystallized by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method using PEG 3350 as the precipitant. Two diffraction data sets with resolution ranges 50.0–1.80 and 50.0–1.14 Å were independently collected from two crystals and were merged to give a highly complete data set over the full resolution range 50.0–1.14 Å. The space group was assigned as primitive orthorhombic P212121, with unit-cell parameters a = 32.9, b = 62.5, c = 87.4 Å. The crystal contained one ZHE1 molecule in the asymmetric unit.
doi:10.1107/S1744309109033016
PMCID: PMC2765890  PMID: 19851011
ZHE1; hatching enzymes; zebrafish
15.  Expression, purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of the N-terminal domain of GNBP3 from Drosophila melanogaster  
Crystals of the N-terminal domain of Gram-negative bacteria-binding protein 3 of D. melanogaster grown from PEG solutions are monoclinic (space group C2) and diffract to 1.7 Å resolution.
Gram-negative bacteria-binding protein 3 (GNBP3) is a pattern-recognition receptor which contributes to the defensive response against fungal infection in Drosophila. The protein consists of an N-terminal domain, which is considered to recognize β-glucans from the fungal cell wall, and a C-terminal domain, which is homologous to bacterial glucanases but devoid of activity. The N-terminal domain of GNBP3 (GNBP3-Nter) was successfully purified after expression in Drosophila S2 cells. Diffraction-quality crystals were produced by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method using PEG 2000 and PEG 8000 as precipitants. Preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the GNBP3-Nter crystals belonged to the monoclinic space group C2, with unit-cell parameters a = 134.79, b = 30.55, c = 51.73 Å, β = 107.4°, and diffracted to 1.7 Å using synchrotron radiation. The asymmetric unit is expected to contain two copies of GNBP3-Nter. Heavy-atom derivative data were collected and a samarium derivative showed one high-occupancy site per molecule.
doi:10.1107/S1744309109014997
PMCID: PMC2795588  PMID: 19724120
GNBP3; N-terminal domain; Drosophila melanogaster; pattern-recognition receptors
16.  Crystallization and preliminary crystallographic analysis of l-asparaginase from Erwinia carotovora  
Er. carotovora l-asparaginase, a potential antileukaemic agent, has been crystallized. Crystals diffract to 2.6 Å using a rotating-anode source and belong to space group P21, with unit-cell parameters a = 78.0, b = 112.3, c = 78.7 Å, β = 101.9° and a homotetramer in the crystallographic asymmetric unit.
Bacterial l-asparaginases have been used as therapeutic agents in the treatment of acute childhood lymphoblastic leukaemia for over 30 y. However, their use is limited owing to the glutaminase activity of the administered enzymes, which results in serious side effects. In contrast, l-asparaginase from Erwinia carotovora exhibits low glutaminase activity at physiological concentrations of l-asparagine and l-glutamine in the blood. Recombinant Er. carotovora l-­asparaginase was crystallized in the presence of l-glutamate by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method using 10 mg ml−1 purified enzyme, 16–18%(w/v) PEG 3350 and 0.2 M NaF. X-ray diffraction data were collected to 2.6 Å at 293 K using an in-house rotating-anode generator. The crystals belong to the monoclinic P21 space group, with unit-cell parameters a = 78.0, b = 112.3, c = 78.7 Å, β = 101.9° and a homotetramer in the crystallographic asymmetric unit. A molecular-replacement solution has been found and refinement is currently in progress. The crystal structure may provide leads towards protein-engineering efforts aimed at safer asparaginase administration in leukaemia treatment.
doi:10.1107/S1744309105008249
PMCID: PMC1952439  PMID: 16511054
asparaginase therapy; asparagine; leukaemia; Erwinia carotovora
17.  Crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of S-­ribosylhomocysteinase from Streptococcus mutans  
S-Ribosylhomocysteinase (LuxS) encoded by the LuxS gene from Streptococcus mutans was solubly expressed in Escherichia coli, purified and crystallized. Diffraction by the crystal extended to 2.4 Å resolution.
S-Ribosylhomocysteinase (LuxS) encoded by the luxS gene from Streptococcus mutans plays a crucial role in the quorum-sensing system. LuxS was solubly expressed in Escherichia coli with high yield. The purity of the purified target protein, which was identified by SDS–PAGE and MALDI–TOF MS analysis, was >95%. The protein was crystallized using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method with PEG 3350 as the primary precipitant. X-ray diffraction data were collected at Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility (BSRF). Diffraction by the crystal extended to 2.4 Å resolution and the crystal belonged to space group C2221, with unit-cell parameters a = 55.3, b = 148.7, c = 82.8 Å.
doi:10.1107/S1744309111054212
PMCID: PMC3274403  PMID: 22297999
Streptococcus mutans; LuxS
18.  Expression, purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of ribitol-5-phosphate cytidylyltransferase from Bacillus subtilis  
The B. subtilis ribitol-5-phosphate cytidylyltransferase enzyme TarI was crystallized; determination of its structure will lead to structural and functional insight into the biosynthesis of wall teichoic acids.
TarI is a ribitol-5-phosphate cytidylyltransferase that catalyzes the formation of CDP-ribitol, which is involved in the biosynthesis of wall teichoic acids, from CTP and ribitol 5-phosphate. TarI from Bacillus subtilis (BsTarI) was purified and crystallized using the sitting-drop vapour-diffusion method. The crystals diffracted to a resolution of 1.78 Å and belonged to the monoclinic space group C2, with unit-cell parameters a = 103.74, b = 60.97, c = 91.80 Å, β = 113.48°. The initial structural model indicated that the crystals of BsTarI contained a dimer in the asymmetric unit.
doi:10.1107/S1744309112035142
PMCID: PMC3497978  PMID: 23027746
ribitol-5-phosphate cytidylyltransferase; wall teichoic acids; Bacillus subtilis; TarI
19.  Crystallization and initial X-ray diffraction studies of scaffolding protein (gp7) of bacteriophage ϕ29 
ϕ29 bacteriophage scaffolding protein (gp7) has been overproduced in E. coli, purified, crystallized and characterized by X-ray diffraction. Two distinct crystal forms were obtained and a diffraction data set was collected to 1.8 Å resolution.
The Bacillus subtilis bacteriophage ϕ29 scaffolding protein (gp7) has been crystallized by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method at 293 K. Two new distinct crystal forms that both differed from a previously crystallized and solved scaffolding protein were grown under the same conditions. Form I belongs to the primitive tetragonal space group P41212, with unit-cell parameters a = b = 77.13, c = 37.12 Å. Form II crystals exhibit an orthorhombic crystal form, with space group C222 and unit-cell parameters a = 107.50, b = 107. 80, c = 37.34 Å. Complete data sets have been collected to 1.78 and 1.80 Å for forms I and II, respectively, at 100 K using Cu Kα X-rays from a rotating-anode generator. Calculation of a V M value of 2.46 Å3 Da−1 for form I suggests the presence of one molecule in the asymmetric unit, corresponding to a solvent content of 50.90%, whereas form II has a V M of 4.80 Å3 Da−1 with a solvent content of 48.76% and two molecules in the asymmetric unit. The structures of both crystal forms are being determined by the molecular-replacement method using the coordinates of the published crystal structure of gp7.
doi:10.1107/S1744309105008511
PMCID: PMC1952437  PMID: 16511059
scaffolding protein; bacteriophage ϕ29
20.  Purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of haemoglobin from ostrich (Struthio camelus) 
Purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of haemoglobin from ostrich (Struthio camelus) has been carried out under 293 K temperature conditions. The ostrich is a large flightless bird which contains inositol tetrakisphosphate in erythrocytes and its whole blood oxygen affinity is higher. Efforts have been made to explore the structure–function relationship of ostrich heamoglobin.
Haemoglobin is a tetrameric protein that carries oxygen from the lungs to tissues and carbon dioxide from tissues back to the lungs. The oxygen-binding properties of haemoglobin are regulated through the binding of allosteric effectors. The respiratory system of avian species is unique and complex in nature when compared with that of mammals. In avian species, inositol pentaphosphate (inositol-P5) is present in the erythrocytes of the adult and is thought to be the major factor responsible for the relatively high oxygen affinity of the whole blood. The ostrich (Struthio camelus) is a large flightless bird which contains inositol tetrakisphosphate (inositol-P4) in its erythrocytes and its whole blood oxygen affinity is higher. Efforts have been made to explore the structure–function relationship of ostrich haemoglobin. Ostrich haemoglobin was purified using ion-exchange chromatography. Haemoglobin crystals were grown by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method using PEG 3350 as the precipitant in 50 mM phosphate buffer pH 7.2. Data were collected using a MAR345 image-plate detector system. The crystals of ostrich haemo­globin diffracted to 2.2 Å resolution. They belonged to the ortho­rhombic space group P212121 with one whole biological molecule in the asymmetric unit; the unit-cell parameters were a = 80.93, b = 81.68, c = 102.05 Å.
doi:10.1107/S1744309109019009
PMCID: PMC2705633  PMID: 19574638
haemoglobin; Struthio camelus
21.  Crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic study of 1-deoxy-d-xylulose 5-­phosphate reductoisomerase from Plasmodium falciparum  
1-Deoxy-d-xylulose 5-phosphate reductoisomerase from P. falciparum has been crystallized in the presence of NADPH. Diffraction data to 1.85 Å resolution have been collected using synchrotron radiation.
The nonmevalonate pathway of isoprenoid biosynthesis present in Plasmodium falciparum is known to be an effective target for antimalarial drugs. The second enzyme of the nonmevalonate pathway, 1-deoxy-d-xylulose 5-phosphate reductoisomerase (DXR), catalyzes the transformation of 1-deoxy-d-xylulose 5-phosphate (DXP) to 2-C-methyl-d-erythritol 4-phosphate (MEP). For crystallographic studies, DXR from the human malaria parasite P. falciparum (PfDXR) was overproduced in Escherichia coli, purified and crystallized using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method in the presence of NADPH. X-ray diffraction data to 1.85 Å resolution were collected from a monoclinic crystal form belonging to space group C2 with unit-cell parameters a = 168.89, b = 59.65, c = 86.58 Å, β = 117.8°. Structural analysis by molecular replacement is in progress.
doi:10.1107/S1744309110001739
PMCID: PMC2833050  PMID: 20208174
1-deoxy-d-xylulose 5-phosphate reductoisomerase; malaria; nonmevalonate pathway
22.  Purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of human Gadd45γ 
The human Gadd45γ protein has been crystallized as a prelude towards determination of its three-dimensional structure by X-ray crystallography.
Gadd45, MyD118 and CR6 (also termed Gadd45α, Gadd45β and Gadd45γ, respectively) comprise a family of proteins that play important roles in negative growth control, maintenance of genomic stability, DNA repair, cell-cycle control and apoptosis. Recombinant human Gadd45γ and its selenomethionine derivative were expressed in an Escherichia coli expression system and purified; they were then crystallized using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method. Diffraction-quality crystals were grown at 291 K using PEG 3350 as precipitant. Using synchrotron radiation, the best diffraction data were collected to 2.3 Å resolution for native crystals at 100 K; selenomethionyl derivative data were collected to 3.3 Å resolution. All the crystals belonged to space group I213, with approximate unit-cell parameters a = b = c = 126 Å.
doi:10.1107/S174430910803306X
PMCID: PMC2581695  PMID: 18997345
Gadd45γ; CR6
23.  Expression, crystallization and preliminary crystallographic analysis of the PAS domain of RsbP, a stress-response phosphatase from Bacillus subtilis  
The PAS domain of RsbP, a stress-response protein from B. subtilis, was crystallized using the sitting-drop vapour-diffusion method. The crystals belonged to space group P21 and diffraction data were collected to a resolution of 1.6 Å.
RsbP, a regulator of RNA polymerase σB activity in Bacillus subtilis, is a phosphatase containing a Per–Arnt–Sim (PAS) domain in its N-terminal region that is expected to sense energy stresses such as carbon, phosphate or oxygen starvation. Energy-stress signals are transmitted to the PAS domain and activate the C-terminal phosphatase domain of RsbP, leading to activation of the downstream anti-anti-σB factor RsbV. Finally, the general stress response is induced to protect the cells against further stresses. The recombinant PAS domain of RsbP was crystallized by the sitting-drop vapour-diffusion technique using 40% PEG 400 as a precipitant. The crystals belonged to space group P21, with unit-cell parameters a = 55.2, b = 71.7, c = 60.2 Å, β = 92.1°. Diffraction data were collected to a resolution of 1.6 Å.
doi:10.1107/S1744309109014158
PMCID: PMC2688409  PMID: 19478430
σB; stress response; energy stress; phosphatase; PAS domain
24.  Crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of a truncated mutant of yeast nuclear thiol peroxidase, a novel atypical 2-Cys peroxiredoxin 
A double mutant of yeast nuclear thiol peroxidase has been crystallized in a truncated form. The crystal belongs to space group P32, with unit-cell parameters a = b = 37.54, c = 83.26 Å. A diffraction data set has been collected to 1.8 Å resolution.
Saccharomyces cerevisiae nTPx is a thioredoxin-dependent thiol peroxidase that is localized in the nucleus. nTPx belongs to the C-type atypical 2-Cys peroxiredoxin family members, which are frequently called BCPs or PrxQs. A double mutant (C107S/C112S) of nTPx overexpressed in Escherichia coli was spontaneously degraded upon freezing and thawing and its truncated form (residues 57–215; MW = 17837 Da) was crystallized with PEG 3350 and mercury(II) acetate as precipitants using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method. Diffraction data were collected to 1.8 Å resolution using X-ray synchrotron radiation. The crystals belong to the trigonal space group P32, with unit-cell parameters a = b = 37.54, c = 83.26 Å. The asymmetric unit contains one molecule of truncated mutant nTPx, with a corresponding V M of 1.91 Å3 Da−1 and a solvent content of 35.5%.
doi:10.1107/S1744309105016970
PMCID: PMC1952453  PMID: 16511121
yeast nuclear thiol peroxidase; atypical 2-Cys peroxiredoxin; spontaneous proteolysis
25.  Preparation and crystallization of the Grb7 SH2 domain in complex with the G7-18NATE nonphosphorylated cyclic inhibitor peptide 
The preparation and successful crystallization of the Grb7 SH2 domain in complex with the specific cyclic peptide inhibitor G7-18NATE are reported. This structure is anticipated to reveal the basis of the binding affinity and specificity and to assist with the development of second-generation inhibitors of Grb7, which is involved in cancer progression.
Grb7 is an adapter protein that is involved in signalling pathways that mediate eukaryotic cell proliferation and migration. Its overexpression in several cancer types has implicated it in cancer progression and led to the development of the G7-18NATE cyclic peptide inhibitor. Here, the preparation of crystals of G7-­18NATE in complex with its Grb7 SH2 domain target is reported. Crystals of the complex were grown by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method using PEG 3350 as the precipitant at room temperature. X-ray diffraction data were collected from crystals to 2.4 Å resolution using synchrotron X-ray radiation at 100 K. The diffraction was consistent with space group P21, with unit-cell parameters a = 52.7, b = 79.1, c = 54.7 Å, α = γ = 90.0, β = 104.4°. The structure of the G7-18NATE peptide in complex with its target will facilitate the rational development of Grb7-targeted cancer therapeutics.
doi:10.1107/S1744309110041850
PMCID: PMC2998373  PMID: 21139214
Grb7; SH2 domains; inhibitors; G7-18NATE

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