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1.  Functional Consequences of the Open Distal Pocket of Dehaloperoxidase-Hemoglobin Observed by Time-Resolved X-ray Crystallography 
Biochemistry  2013;52(45):7943-7950.
Using time-resolved X-ray crystallography, we contrast a bifunctional dehaloperoxidase-hemoglobin (DHP) with previously studied examples of myoglobin and hemoglobin in order to understand the functional role of the distal pocket of globins. One key functional difference between the DHP and other globins is the requirement that H2O2 enter the distal pocket of oxyferrous DHP in order to displace O2 from the heme Fe atom and thereby activate the heme for the peroxidase function. The open architecture of DHP permits more than one molecule to simultaneously enter the distal pocket of the protein above the heme in order to facilitate the unique peroxidase cycle starting from the oxyferrous state. The time-resolved X-ray data show that the distal pocket of DHP lacks a protein valve found in the two other globins that have been studied previously. The photolyzed CO ligand trajectory in DHP does not have a docking site. Rather the CO moves immediately to the Xe-binding site. From there CO can escape, but also recombine an order of magnitude more rapidly than in other globins. The contrast with DHP dynamics and function more precisely defines the functional role of the multiple conformational states of myoglobin. Taken together with the high reduction potential of DHP, the open distal site helps to explain how a globin can also function as a peroxidase.
PMCID: PMC3983922  PMID: 24116924
Molecular Dynamics; Peroxidase; Hemoglobin; Xe binding site; Carbon monoxide
2.  Protein energy landscapes determined by five-dimensional crystallography 
Barriers of activation within the photocycle of a photoactive protein were extracted from comprehensive time courses of time resolved crystallographic data collected at multiple temperature settings.
Free-energy landscapes decisively determine the progress of enzymatically catalyzed reactions [Cornish-Bowden (2012 ▶), Fundamentals of Enzyme Kinetics, 4th ed.]. Time-resolved macromolecular crystallography unifies transient-state kinetics with structure determination [Moffat (2001 ▶), Chem. Rev. 101, 1569–1581; Schmidt et al. (2005 ▶), Methods Mol. Biol. 305, 115–154; Schmidt (2008 ▶), Ultrashort Laser Pulses in Medicine and Biology] because both can be determined from the same set of X-ray data. Here, it is demonstrated how barriers of activation can be determined solely from five-dimensional crystallo­graphy, where in addition to space and time, temperature is a variable as well [Schmidt et al. (2010 ▶), Acta Cryst. A66, 198–206]. Directly linking molecular structures with barriers of activation between them allows insight into the structural nature of the barrier to be gained. Comprehensive time series of crystallo­graphic data at 14 different temperature settings were analyzed and the entropy and enthalpy contributions to the barriers of activation were determined. One hundred years after the discovery of X-ray scattering, these results advance X-ray structure determination to a new frontier: the determination of energy landscapes.
PMCID: PMC3852658  PMID: 24311594
five-dimensional crystallography; time-resolved crystallography; time-resolved microspectrophotometry; chemical kinetics; photoactive yellow protein
3.  Laue Crystal Structure of Shewanella oneidensis Cytochrome c Nitrite Reductase from a High-yield Expression System 
The high-yield expression and purification of Shewanella oneidensis cytochrome c nitrite reductase (ccNiR), and its characterization by a variety of methods, notably Laue crystallography, is reported. A key component of the expression system is an artificial ccNiR gene in which the N-terminal signal peptide from the highly expressed S. oneidensis protein “Small Tetra-heme c” replaces the wild-type signal peptide. This gene, inserted into the plasmid pHSG298 and expressed in S. oneidensis TSP-1 strain, generated ~20 mg crude ccNiR/L culture, compared with 0.5–1 mg/L for untransformed cells. Purified ccNiR has nitrite and hydroxylamine reductase activities comparable to those previously reported for E. coli ccNiR, and is stable for over two weeks in pH 7 solution at 4° C. UV/Vis spectropotentiometric titrations and protein film voltammetry identified 5 independent 1-electron reduction processes. Global analysis of the spectropotentiometric data also allowed determination of the extinction coefficient spectra for the 5 reduced ccNiR species. The characteristics of the individual extinction coefficient spectra suggest that, within each reduced species, the electrons are distributed amongst the various hemes, rather than being localized on specific heme centers. The purified ccNiR yielded good quality crystals, with which the 2.59 Å resolution structure was solved at room temperature using the Laue diffraction method. The structure is similar to that of E. coli ccNiR, except in the region where the enzyme interacts with its physiological electron donor (CymA in the case of S. oneidensis ccNiR, NrfB in the case of the E. coli protein).
PMCID: PMC3412176  PMID: 22382353
Cytochrome c nitrite reductase; NrfA; Laue crystallography; UV/Vis spectropotentiometry; Protein film voltammetry
4.  Five-dimensional crystallography 
Here it is demonstrated how five-dimensional crystallography can be used to determine a comprehensive chemical kinetic mechanism in concert with the atomic structures of transient intermediates that form and decay during the course of the reaction.
A method for determining a comprehensive chemical kinetic mechanism in macromolecular reactions is presented. The method is based on five-dimensional crystallography, where, in addition to space and time, temperature is also taken into consideration and an analysis based on singular value decomposition is applied. First results of such a time-resolved crystallographic study are presented. Temperature-dependent time-resolved X-ray diffraction measurements were conducted on the newly upgraded BioCARS 14-ID-B beamline at the Advanced Photon Source and aimed at elucidating a comprehensive kinetic mechanism of the photoactive yellow protein photocycle. Extensive time series of crystallographic data were collected at two temperatures, 293 K and 303 K. Relaxation times of the reaction extracted from these time series exhibit measurable differences for the two temperatures, hence demonstrating that five-dimensional crystallography is feasible.
PMCID: PMC2824529  PMID: 20164643
time-resolved crystallography; chemical kinetics; protein structure; temperature dependence

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