forthcoming articles in Acta Crystallographica Section D

The following articles are a selection of those recently accepted for publication in Acta Crystallographica Section D: Biological Crystallography.

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Accepted 30 October 2014

[beta]-Arm flexibility of HU from Staphylococcus aureus dictates a DNA-binding and recognition mechanism

D.-H. Kim, H. Im, J.-G. Jee, S.-B. Jang, H.-J. Yoon, A.-R. Kwon, S.-M. Kang and B.-J. Lee

Synopsis: structural analysis of apo and DNA-bound HU from Staphylococcus aureus (SHU) revealed that conformational changes occur in both the protein and DNA upon DNA binding. Base readout and shape readout mechanisms are involved in DNA binding and recognition by SHU, in which [beta]-arm flexibility is a major determinant.

Accepted 29 October 2014

Structures of holo wild-type human cellular retinol-binding protein II (hCRBPII) bound to retinol and retinal

Z. Nossoni, Z. Assar, I. Yapici, M. Nosrati, W. Wang, T. Berbasova, C. Vasileiou, B. Borhan and J. Geiger

Synopsis: The structures of retinal-bound and retinol-bound hCRBPII are reported. The X-ray flux and wavelength-dependent rearrangement of retinol in the hCRBPII binding pocket is demonstrated. The binding modes of retinol and retinal in CRBPI and CRBPII are contrasted.

Accepted 28 October 2014

Neutron scattering from myelin revisited: bilayer asymmetry and water-exchange kinetics

A. R. Denninger, B. Demé, V. Cristiglio, G. LeDuc, W. B. Feller and D. A. Kirschner

Accepted 28 October 2014

The crystal structure of human mitochondrial 3-keto­acyl-CoA thiolase (T1): insight into the reaction mechanism of its thiolase and thioesterase activities

T.-R. Kiema, R. K. Harijan, M. Strozyk, T. Fukao, S. Alexson and R. K. Wierenga

Synopsis: Structural and enzymological characterization of the human degradative medium chain specific 3-ketoacyl-CoA thiolase (hT1) shows that the structure is highly similar to the short-chain specific tetrameric biosynthetic thiolases, except for small structural differences in two loops at the active site, providing extra space for a medium chain fatty acyl tail to bind. The intrinsic thioesterase activity of hT1 is also discussed.

Accepted 23 October 2014

Structural and functional insights into an archaeal L-asparaginase obtained through the linker-less assembly of constituent domains

R. Tomar, P. Sharma, A. Srivastava, S. Bansal, Ashish and B. Kundu

Accepted 20 October 2014

Structures of Plasmodium vivax serine hydroxymethyltransferase: implications for ligand-binding specificity and functional control

P. Chitnumsub, A. Jaruwat, P. Riangrungroj, W. Ittarat, K. Noytanom, W. Oonanant, J. Vanichthanankul, P. Chuankhayan, S. Maenpuen, C.-J. Chen, P. Chaiyen, Y. Yuthavong and U. Leartsakulpanich

Synopsis: Crystal structures of P. vivax serine hydroxymethyltransferase (PvSHMT) in complex with L-serine and with D-serine and 5-formyltetrahydrofolate provide better understanding of ligand binding and the catalytic mechanism. Features that are important for controlling the activity and specificity of PvSHMT such as stereoselectivity and redox status are addressed.

Accepted 18 October 2014

Multi-lamellar organization of fully deuterated lipid extracts of yeast membranes

Y. Gerelli, A. de Ghellinck, J. Jouhet, V. Laux, M. Haertlein and G. Fragneto

Accepted 17 October 2014

High-resolution structures of cholesterol oxidase in the reduced state provide insights into redox stabilization

E. Golden, A. Karton and A. Vrielink

Synopsis: The atomic resolution X-ray diffraction structure of the reduced state of the redox flavoenzyme cholesterol oxidase is presented. The structure indicates the presence of an H atom bound to the flavin N5, suggesting that a hydride transfer has occurred.

Accepted 16 October 2014

Structural implications of the C-terminal tail in the catalytic and stability properties of manganese peroxidases from ligninolytic fungi

E. Fernández-Fueyo, S. Acebes, F. J. Ruiz-Dueñas, M. J. Martínez, A. Romero, F. J. Medrano, V. Guallar and A. T. Martínez

Synopsis: The variable C-terminal tail of manganese peroxidases, a group of enzymes involved in lignin degradation, is implicated in their catalytic and stability properties, as shown by new crystal structures, molecular-simulation and directed-mutagenesis data. Based on this structural-functional evaluation, short and long/extralong manganese peroxidase subfamilies have been accepted; the latter are characterized by exceptional stability, while it is shown for the first time that the former are able to oxidize other substrates at the same site where manganese(II) is oxidized.

Accepted 16 October 2014

The structure of vanin 1: a key enzyme linking metabolic disease and inflammation

Y. L. Boersma, J. Newman, T. E. Adams, N. Cowieson, G. Krippner, K. Bozaoglu and T. S. Peat

Accepted 13 October 2014

Structures of trehalose synthase from Deinococcus radiodurans reveal that a closed conformation is involved in catalysis of the intramolecular isomerization

Y.-L. Wang, S.-Y. Chow, Y.-T. Lin, Y.-C. Hsieh, G.-C. Lee and S.-H. Liaw

Synopsis: Crystal structures of the wild type and the N253A mutant of trehalose synthase from D. radiodurans in complex with the inhibitor Tris have been determined at 2.7 and 2.21 Å resolution, respectively, and they display a closed conformation for catalysis of the intramolecular isomerization.

Accepted 6 October 2014

Structures of an Eph receptor tyrosine kinase and its potential activation mechanism

Q. Wei, J. Liu, N. Wang, X. Zhang, J. Jin, I. Chin-Sang, J. Zheng and Z. Jia

Synopsis: Structures of EphA2 representing three activation states reveal that EphA2 probably possesses an alternate activation mechanism distinct from those of other Eph receptor tyrosine kinases.

Accepted 1 October 2014

Structure and evolution of the spliceosomal peptidyl-prolyl cis-trans isomerase Cwc27

A. Ulrich and M. C. Wahl

Synopsis: Evolutionary comparisons suggest that Cwc27 evolved from a prolyl isomerase to a pure proline binder. The increase in the thermal stability of the PPIase domain of Cwc27 from C. thermophilum compared with its human counterpart is based on the additive effects of several amino-acid changes, which result in the removal of long side chains in strained conformations and additional intramolecular interactions.

Accepted 30 September 2014

Perdeuteration: improved visualization of solvent structure in neutron macromolecular crystallography

S. J. Fisher, M. P. Blakeley, E. I. Howard, I. Petit-Haertlein, M. Haertlein, A. Mitschler, A. Cousido-Siah, A. G. Salvay, A. Popov, C. Muller-Dieckmann, T. Petrova and A. Podjarny

Synopsis: The advantages of perdeuteration with regard to solvent visibility in macromolecules is demonstrated through the comparison of two neutron protein structures.

Accepted 29 September 2014

X-ray structures of eIF5B and the eIF5B-eIF1A complex: the conformational flexibility of eIF5B is restricted on the ribosome by interaction with eIF1A

A. Zheng, J. Yu, R. Yamamoto, T. Ose, I. Tanaka and M. Yao

Synopsis: Two crystal forms of eIF5B and one crystal form of the eIF5B-eIF1A complex exhibit four different conformations of eIF5B, indicating that the conformation of eIF5B is highly flexible. The interaction between eIF5B domain IV and the eIF1A C-terminal tail may restrict the flexibility of eIF5B on the ribosome and stabilize the interface for ribosome subunit joining.

Accepted 29 September 2014

Structure of a backtracked state reveals conformational changes similar to the state following nucleotide incorporation in human norovirus polymerase

D. Zamyatkin, C. Rao, E. Hoffarth, G. Jurca, H. Rho, F. Parra, P. Grochulski and K.K.-S. Ng

Synopsis: The crystal structure of a novel human norovirus polymerase replication complex reveals changes in conformation similar to a state following nucleotide incorporation.

Accepted 25 September 2014

Free kick instead of cross-validation in maximum-likelihood refinement of macromolecular crystal structures

J. Praznikar and D. Turk

Synopsis: The maximum-likelihood free-kick target, which calculates model error estimates from the work set and a randomly displaced model, proved superior in the accuracy and consistency of refinement of crystal structures compared with the maximum-likelihood cross-validation target, which calculates error estimates from the test set and the unperturbed model.

Accepted 29 August 2014

ISPyB for BioSAXS, the gateway to user autonomy in solution scattering experiments

A. De Maria Antolinos, P. Pernot, M. Brennich, J. Kieffer, M. W. Bowler, S. Delageniere, S. Ohlsson, S. Malbet Monaco, A. Ashton, D. Franke, D. Svergun, S. McSweeney, E. Gordon and A. Round

Synopsis: The ISPyB information-management system for crystallography has been adapted to include data from small-angle X-ray scattering of macromolecules in solution experiments.

Accepted 6 August 2014

Collaborative Computational Project for Electron cryo-Microscopy

C. Wood, T. Burnley, A. Patwardhan, S. Scheres, M. Topf, A. Roseman and M. Winn

Synopsis: The Collaborative Computational Project for Electron cryo-Microscopy (CCP-EM) is a new initiative for the structural biology community, following the success of CCP4 for macromolecular crystallography. Progress in supporting the users and developers of cryoEM software is reported.

Accepted 18 July 2014

Memprot: a program to model the detergent corona around a membrane protein based on SEC-SAXS data

A. Koutsioubas and J. Pérez

Accepted 17 July 2014

Protein-ligand interactions investigated by thermal shift assays (TSA) and dual polarization interferometry (DPI)

M. K. Grøftehauge, N. R. Hajizadeh, M. J. Swann and E. Pohl

Synopsis: The biophysical characterization of protein-ligand interactions in solution using techniques such as thermal shift assay, or on surfaces using, for example, dual polarization interferometry, plays an increasingly important role in complementing crystal structure determinations.

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