Acta Crystallographica Section D

Biological Crystallography

Volume 62, Part 10 (October 2006)


Structural Proteomics IN Europe

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[Issue Author Index][Volume Author Index]
[Cover illustration] Cover illustration: A montage of 238 representative protein crystal and NMR structures (of a total of 308) determined as part of the SPINE project, using high-throughput technologies developed and implemented in SPINE laboratories.

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Acta Cryst. (2006). D62, 1103-1113  [ doi:10.1107/S0907444906029775 ]

Implementation of semi-automated cloning and prokaryotic expression screening: the impact of SPINE

P. M. Alzari, H. Berglund, N. S. Berrow, E. Blagova, D. Busso, C. Cambillau, V. Campanacci, E. Christodoulou, S. Eiler, M. J. Fogg, G. Folkers, A. Geerlof, D. Hart, A. Haouz, M. D. Herman, S. Macieira, P. Nordlund, A. Perrakis, S. Quevillon-Cheruel, F. Tarandeau, H. van Tilbeurgh, T. Unger, M. P. A. Luna-Vargas, M. Velarde, M. Willmanns and R. J. Owens

Synopsis: The technology output from the Structural Proteomics In Europe (SPINE) consortium for cloning and expression in E. coli is reviewed.

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Acta Cryst. (2006). D62, 1114-1124  [ doi:10.1107/S0907444906029805 ]

Eukaryotic expression: developments for structural proteomics

A. R. Aricescu, R. Assenberg, R. M. Bill, D. Busso, V. T. Chang, S. J. Davis, A. Dubrovsky, L. Gustafsson, K. Hedfalk, U. Heinemann, I. M. Jones, D. Ksiazek, C. Lang, K. Maskos, A. Messerschmidt, S. Macieira, Y. Peleg, A. Perrakis, A. Poterszman, G. Schneider, T. K. Sixma, J. L. Sussman, G. Sutton, N. Tarboureich, T. Zeev-Ben-Mordehai and E. Y. Jones

Synopsis: Strategies and experience resulting from the use of eukaryotic expression systems in SPINE are described.

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Acta Cryst. (2006). D62, 1125-1136  [ doi:10.1107/S0907444906030307 ]

The impact of protein characterization in structural proteomics

A. Geerlof, J. Brown, B. Coutard, M.-P. Egloff, F. J. Enguita, M. J. Fogg, R. J. C. Gilbert, M. R. Groves, A. Haouz, J. E. Nettleship, P. Nordlund, R. J. Owens, M. Ruff, S. Sainsbury, D. I. Svergun and M. Wilmanns

Synopsis: Characteristics such as the purity of target proteins are key factors that can influence the success of structure determination. Here, the application and efficacy of various quality-assessment methodologies are discussed.

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Acta Cryst. (2006). D62, 1137-1149  [ doi:10.1107/S090744490602943X ]

SPINE high-throughput crystallization, crystal imaging and recognition techniques: current state, performance analysis, new technologies and future aspects

I. M. Berry, O. Dym, R. M. Esnouf, K. Harlos, R. Meged, A. Perrakis, J. L. Sussman, T. S. Walter, J. Wilson and A. Messerschmidt

Synopsis: The introduction of automation and minimization into the crystallization pipeline has improved the yield of high-quality crystals for structural determination using more reproducible experimental protocols.

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Acta Cryst. (2006). D62, 1150-1161  [ doi:10.1107/S0907444906032070 ]

NMR in the SPINE Structural Proteomics project

E. AB, A. R. Atkinson, L. Banci, I. Bertini, S. Ciofi-Baffoni, K. Brunner, T. Diercks, V. Dötsch, F. Engelke, G. E. Folkers, C. Griesinger, W. Gronwald, U. Günther, M. Habeck, R. N. de Jong, H. R. Kalbitzer, B. Kieffer, B. R. Leeflang, S. Loss, C. Luchinat, T. Marquardsen, D. Moskau, K.-P. Neidig, M. Nilges, M. Piccioli, R. Pierattelli, W. Rieping, T. Schippmann, H. Schwalbe, G. Travé, J. Trenner, J. Wöhnert, M. Zweckstetter and R. Kaptein

Synopsis: New hardware and software developments for protein structure determination by NMR are described. These techniques allow faster, more automated solution-structure determination and more efficient data utilization.

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Acta Cryst. (2006). D62, 1162-1169  [ doi:10.1107/S0907444906032859 ]

High-throughput sample handling and data collection at synchrotrons: embedding the ESRF into the high-throughput gene-to-structure pipeline

A. Beteva, F. Cipriani, S. Cusack, S. Delageniere, J. Gabadinho, E. J. Gordon, M. Guijarro, D. R. Hall, S. Larsen, L. Launer, C. B. Lavault, G. A. Leonard, T. Mairs, A. McCarthy, J. McCarthy, J. Meyer, E. Mitchell, S. Monaco, D. Nurizzo, P. Pernot, R. Pieritz, R. G. B. Ravelli, V. Rey, W. Shepard, D. Spruce, D. I. Stuart, O. Svensson, P. Theveneau, X. Thibault, J. Turkenburg, M. Walsh and S. M. McSweeney

Synopsis: Automated data collection for macromolecular crystallography at beamlines with protocols for automatic instrumentation improves the efficient use of available beamtime. These developments were a result of a collaboration between the main partners of SPINE and members of other similar European and national initiatives.

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Acta Cryst. (2006). D62, 1170-1183  [ doi:10.1107/S0907444906032197 ]

SPINE workshop on automated X-ray analysis: a progress report

M. Bahar, C. Ballard, S. X. Cohen, K. D. Cowtan, E. J. Dodson, P. Emsley, R. M. Esnouf, R. Keegan, V. Lamzin, G. Langer, V. Levdikov, F. Long, C. Meier, A. Muller, G. N. Murshudov, A. Perrakis, C. Siebold, N. Stein, M. G. W. Turkenburg, A. A. Vagin, M. Winn, G. Winter and K. S. Wilson

Synopsis: The results of a workshop on the automation of protein crystal structure solution organized by the Structural Proteomics In Europe (SPINE) consortium are reported.

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Acta Cryst. (2006). D62, 1184-1195  [ doi:10.1107/S090744490602991X ]

SPINE bioinformatics and data-management aspects of high-throughput structural biology

S. Albeck, P. Alzari, C. Andreini, L. Banci, I. M. Berry, I. Bertini, C. Cambillau, B. Canard, L. Carter, S. X. Cohen, J. M. Diprose, O. Dym, R. M. Esnouf, C. Felder, F. Ferron, F. Guillemot, R. Hamer, M. Ben Jelloul, R. A. Laskowski, T. Laurent, S. Longhi, R. Lopez, C. Luchinat, H. Malet, T. Mochel, R. J. Morris, L. Moulinier, T. Oinn, A. Pajon, Y. Peleg, A. Perrakis, O. Poch, J. Prilusky, A. Rachedi, R. Ripp, A. Rosato, I. Silman, D. I. Stuart, J. L. Sussman, J.-C. Thierry, J. D. Thompson, J. M. Thornton, T. Unger, B. Vaughan, W. Vranken, J. D. Watson, G. Whamond and K. Henrick

Synopsis: This article reviews the infrastructure of software that has been developed under the SPINE initiative for high-throughput protein-structure analysis covering target selection and prototype LIMS for protein production through to structure annotation, with contributions to the management of a large-scale crystallization set-up and structure determination.

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Acta Cryst. (2006). D62, 1196-1207  [ doi:10.1107/S0907444906030915 ]

Application of the use of high-throughput technologies to the determination of protein structures of bacterial and viral pathogens

M. J. Fogg, P. Alzari, M. Bahar, I. Bertini, J.-M. Betton, W. P. Burmeister, C. Cambillau, B. Canard, M. Carrondo, M. Coll, S. Daenke, O. Dym, M.-P. Egloff, F. J. Enguita, A. Geerlof, A. Haouz, T. A. Jones, Q. Ma, S. N. Manicka, M. Migliardi, P. Nordlund, R. J. Owens, Y. Peleg, G. Schneider, R. Schnell, D. I. Stuart, N. Tarbouriech, T. Unge, A. J. Wilkinson, M. Wilmanns, K. S. Wilson, O. Zimhony and J. M. Grimes

Synopsis: Progress by the SPINE consortium on the determination of structures of proteins of bacterial and viral pathogens is outlined, with particular reference to the impact of high-throughput technologies.

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Acta Cryst. (2006). D62, 1208-1217  [ doi:10.1107/S0907444906029350 ]

First steps towards effective methods in exploiting high-throughput technologies for the determination of human protein structures of high biomedical value

L. Banci, I. Bertini, S. Cusack, R. N. de Jong, U. Heinemann, E. Y. Jones, F. Kozielski, K. Maskos, A. Messerschmidt, R. Owens, A. Perrakis, A. Poterszman, G. Schneider, C. Siebold, I. Silman, T. Sixma, G. Stewart-Jones, J. L. Sussman, J.-C. Thierry and D. Moras

Synopsis: Progress in the determination of structures of human proteins by the Structural Proteomics In Europe (SPINE) consortium is outlined with highlights indicating the impact of high-throughput technologies.

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Acta Cryst. (2006). D62, 1218-1226  [ doi:10.1107/S0907444906031337 ]

Recombinant protein expression and solubility screening in Escherichia coli: a comparative study

N. S. Berrow, K. Büssow, B. Coutard, J. Diprose, M. Ekberg, G. E. Folkers, N. Levy, V. Lieu, R. J. Owens, Y. Peleg, C. Pinaglia, S. Quevillon-Cheruel, L. Salim, C. Scheich, R. Vincentelli and D. Busso

Synopsis: This article presents a comparative analysis of the standard methods for small-scale screening of recombinant protein expression/solubility implemented in laboratories of the Structural Proteomics In Europe (SPINE) consortium.

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Acta Cryst. (2006). D62, 1227-1231  [ doi:10.1107/S090744490603441X ]

GRETA, a new multifermenter system for structural genomics and process optimization

M. Hedrén, A. Ballagi, L. Mörtsell, G. Rajkai, P. Stenmark, C. Sturesson and P. Nordlund

Synopsis: A multifermentation system, GRETA, has been developed which specifically accommodates features that respond to the needs of future structural genomics programmes. The GRETA multifermenter provides a robust platform for streamlined parallel fermentation, requiring minimal manual intervention, while at the same time providing a versatile fermentation platform for process optimization.

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Acta Cryst. (2006). D62, 1232-1242  [ doi:10.1107/S0907444906031003 ]

Co-expression of protein complexes in prokaryotic and eukaryotic hosts: experimental procedures, database tracking and case studies

C. Romier, M. Ben Jelloul, S. Albeck, G. Buchwald, D. Busso, P. H. N. Celie, E. Christodoulou, V. De Marco, S. van Gerwen, P. Knipscheer, J. H. Lebbink, V. Notenboom, A. Poterszman, N. Rochel, S. X. Cohen, T. Unger, J. L. Sussman, D. Moras, T. K. Sixma and A. Perrakis

Synopsis: The design of a new system for multi-expression in E. coli and a database for co-expression data are described. Lessons are drawn from case studies using these and other strategies for co-expression and analysis of protein complexes.

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Acta Cryst. (2006). D62, 1243-1250  [ doi:10.1107/S0907444906029799 ]

A time- and cost-efficient system for high-level protein production in mammalian cells

A. R. Aricescu, W. Lu and E. Y. Jones

Synopsis: A simple, fast and affordable method for transient protein expression in mammalian cells is presented. It combines several features of interest for X-ray crystallography such as high protein yield, straightforward purification, selenomethinonine incorporation and control of N-linked glycosylation.

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Acta Cryst. (2006). D62, 1251-1259  [ doi:10.1107/S0907444906030587 ]

Automation of sample mounting for macromolecular crystallography

F. Cipriani, F. Felisaz, L. Launer, J.-S. Aksoy, H. Caserotto, S. Cusack, M. Dallery, F. di-Chiaro, M. Guijarro, J. Huet, S. Larsen, M. Lentini, J. McCarthy, S. McSweeney, R. Ravelli, M. Renier, C. Taffut, A. Thompson, G. A. Leonard and M. A. Walsh

Synopsis: A sample holder standard for use with robotic sample changers is defined. The standard includes a system for sample identification, tracking and management of data flow in a macromolecular structure-determination pipeline. A robotic sample changer designed for use with the sample standard is described.

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Acta Cryst. (2006). D62, 1260-1266  [ doi:10.1107/S0907444906033580 ]

Honing the in silico toolkit for detecting protein disorder

R. M. Esnouf, R. Hamer, J. L. Sussman, I. Silman, D. Trudgian, Z.-R. Yang and J. Prilusky

Synopsis: The current state of methods for the in silico prediction of natively disordered regions of proteins is discussed in the context of the potential for improvement and application of these predictions in structural proteomics.

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Acta Cryst. (2006). D62, 1267-1275  [ doi:10.1107/S0907444906033555 ]

Application of high-throughput technologies to a structural proteomics-type analysis of Bacillus anthracis

K. Au, N. S. Berrow, E. Blagova, I. W. Boucher, M. P. Boyle, J. A. Brannigan, L. G. Carter, T. Dierks, G. Folkers, R. Grenha, K. Harlos, R. Kaptein, A. K. Kalliomaa, V. M. Levdikov, C. Meier, N. Milioti, O. Moroz, A. Müller, R. J. Owens, N. Rzechorzek, S. Sainsbury, D. I. Stuart, T. S. Walter, D. G. Waterman, A. J. Wilkinson, K. S. Wilson, N. Zaccai, R. M. Esnouf and M. J. Fogg

Synopsis: The current state of high-throughput technologies for protein production and structure determination is assessed in relation to progress on the SPINE structural proteomics project on proteins from B. anthracis.

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Acta Cryst. (2006). D62, 1276-1285  [ doi:10.1107/S0907444906030034 ]

Structural genomics of the Epstein-Barr virus

N. Tarbouriech, M. Buisson, T. Géoui, S. Daenke, S. Cusack and W. P. Burmeister

Synopsis: For a structural genomics project on Epstein-Barr virus, 23 proteins were cloned into E. coli for protein expression. The structures of four have been solved by X-ray crystallography.

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