Acta Crystallographica Section F

Structural Biology and Crystallization Communications

Volume 64, Part 6 (June 2008)



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[Cover illustration] Cover illustration: Rat fibroblast growth factor 1 crystallized in the presence of sucrose octasulfate (Kulahin et al., p. 448).

protein structure communications


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 442-447  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309108009901 ]

High-resolution structure of the antibiotic resistance protein NimA from Deinococcus radiodurans

H.-K.S. Leiros, C. Tedesco and S. M. McSweeney

Synopsis: In this paper, the 1.2 Å atomic resolution crystal structure of the 5-nitroimidazole antibiotic resistance protein NimA from Deinococcus radiodurans (DrNimA) is presented.

PDB reference: 2vpa

Online 16 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 448-452  [ doi:10.1107/S174430910801066X ]

Dimerization effect of sucrose octasulfate on rat FGF1

N. Kulahin, V. Kiselyov, A. Kochoyan, O. Kristensen, J. S. Kastrup, V. Berezin, E. Bock and M. Gajhede

Synopsis: The work describes the sucrose octasulfate-mediated dimerization of rat FGF1 by gel-filtration experiments and crystal structure determination.

PDB reference: 2uus

Online 16 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 453-458  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309108012074 ]

Structure of an N-terminally truncated selenophosphate synthetase from Aquifex aeolicus

E. Matsumoto, S. Sekine, R. Akasaka, Y. Otta, K. Katsura, M. Inoue, T. Kaminishi, T. Terada, M. Shirouzu and S. Yokoyama

Synopsis: The crystal structure of an N-terminally (25 residues) truncated fragment of selenophosphate synthetase (SPS-[Delta]N) from Aquifex aeolicus has been determined at 2.0 Å resolution.

PDB reference: 2zau

Online 16 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 459-462  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309108012396 ]

Structure of a SARS coronavirus-derived peptide bound to the human major histocompatibility complex class I molecule HLA-B*1501

G. Røder, O. Kristensen, J. S. Kastrup, S. Buus and M. Gajhede

Synopsis: The three-dimensional structure of a SARS coronavirus-derived peptide, VQQESSFVM, bound to the human major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I antigen HLA-B*1501 is presented.

PDB reference: 3c9n

Online 17 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 463-469  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309108013109 ]

Water-mediated variability in the structure of relaxed-state haemoglobin

P. S. Kaushal, R. Sankaranarayanan and M. Vijayan

Synopsis: Partial dehydration of high-salt horse methaemoglobin crystals tends to shift the structure from the R state to the R2 state, in agreement with previous observations that movements in the molecule resulting from changes in water content mimic those involved in protein action.

PDB references: 2zlt, 2zlu, 2zlv, 2zlw and 2zlx

Online 17 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 470-473  [ doi:10.1107/S174430910801381X ]

Crystallization and structure determination of the core-binding domain of bacteriophage lambda integrase

H. B. Kamadurai, R. Jain and M. P. Foster

Synopsis: The crystal structure of the core-binding domain of bacteriophage lambda integrase has been determined at 2.0 Å resolution.

PDB reference: 2oxo

Online 17 May 2008


structural genomics communications


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 474-478  [ doi:10.1107/S174430910801141X ]

Structure of a Trypanosoma brucei [alpha]/[beta]-hydrolase fold protein with unknown function

E. A. Merritt, M. Holmes, F. S. Buckner, W. C. Van Voorhis, E. Quartly, E. M. Phizicky, A. Lauricella, J. Luft, G. DeTitta, H. Neely, F. Zucker and W. G. J. Hol

Synopsis: T. brucei gene Tb10.6k15.0140 codes for an [alpha]/[beta]-hydrolase fold protein of unknown function. The 2.2 Å crystal structure shows that members of this sequence family retain a conserved Ser residue at the expected site of a catalytic nucleophile, but that trypanosomatid sequences lack structural homologs for the other expected residues of the catalytic triad.

PDB reference: 2q0x

Online 16 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 479-486  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309108011822 ]

Structure of Deinococcus radiodurans tunicamycin-resistance protein (TmrD), a phosphotransferase

U. Kapp, S. Macedo, D. R. Hall, I. Leiros, S. M. McSweeney and E. Mitchell

Synopsis: The 1.95 Å resolution X-ray crystal structure of tunicamycin-resistance protein (TmrD) from D. radiodurans is described.

PDB reference: 2vli

Online 16 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 487-491  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309108013572 ]

Crystallization screening test for the whole-cell project on Thermus thermophilus HB8

H. Iino, H. Naitow, Y. Nakamura, N. Nakagawa, Y. Agari, M. Kanagawa, A. Ebihara, A. Shinkai, M. Sugahara, M. Miyano, N. Kamiya, S. Yokoyama, K. Hirotsu and S. Kuramitsu

Synopsis: Three conventional robots were subjected to a crystallization screening test involving 18 proteins from T. thermophilus HB8 using the sitting- and hanging-drop vapour-diffusion and microbatch methods. The number of diffraction-quality crystals and the amount of time required to obtain visible crystals depended greatly on the robots used. The combined use of different robots, especially for protein samples exhibiting low crystallization success rates, significantly increased the chance of obtaining diffraction-quality crystals.

Online 30 May 2008


crystallization communications


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 492-494  [ doi:10.1107/S174430910801172X ]

Purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of CMS1MS2: a cysteine proteinase from Carica candamarcensis latex

M. T. R. Gomes, R. D. Teixeira, H. A. L. Ribeiro, A. P. Turchetti, C. F. Junqueira, M. T. P. Lopes, C. E. Salas and R. A. P. Nagem

Synopsis: CMS1MS2, a cysteine proteinase from C. candamarcensis, displays high amidase activity against the substrate BAPNA. The enzyme was purified and crystallized by the hanging-drop method and preliminary diffraction data were collected to 1.8 Å resolution.

Online 16 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 495-497  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309108011640 ]

Cloning, expression, purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of the central zinc-binding domain of the human Mcm10 DNA-replication factor

N. Y. Jung, W. J. Bae, J. H. Chang, Y. C. Kim and Y. Cho

Synopsis: 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.

Online 16 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 498-500  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309108013778 ]

Purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of the putative ABC transporter ATP-binding protein from Thermotoga maritima

A. S. Ethayathulla, Y. Bessho, A. Shinkai, B. Padmanabhan, T. P. Singh, P. Kaur and S. Yokoyama

Synopsis: The putative ABC transporter ATP-binding protein TM0222 from T. maritima was cloned, overproduced, purified and crystallized. A complete MAD diffraction data set has been collected to 2.3 Å resolution.

Online 17 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 501-503  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309108011846 ]

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of the [beta] subunit Yke2 of the Gim complex from Saccharomyces cerevisiae

R. Pérez de Diego, M. Ortiz-Lombardía and J. Bravo

Synopsis: Crystallization of the prefoldin [beta] subunit Yke2 is reported. This protein is a novel and potentially important target for anti-cancer therapeutics.

Online 23 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 504-508  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309108012086 ]

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of recombinant Glomerella cingulata cutinase

M. P. Nyon, D. W. Rice, J. M. Berrisford, H. Huang, A. J. G. Moir, C. J. Craven, S. Nathan, N. M. Mahadi and A. B. Abu Bakar

Synopsis: Recombinant G. cingulata cutinase has been overexpressed and the protein has been purified and crystallized in the absence or presence of inhibitors.

Online 23 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 509-511  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309108011949 ]

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of the carbohydrate-recognizing domain (VP8*) of bovine rotavirus strain NCDV

X. Yu, A. Guillon, A. J. Szyczew, M. J. Kiefel, B. S. Coulson, M. von Itzstein and H. Blanchard

Synopsis: NCDV VP8*64-224 was expressed in E. coli, purified and crystallized in the presence of a sialic acid derivative. X-ray diffraction data were obtained to a resolution of 2.0 Å and the crystallographic structure was determined by molecular replacement.

Online 23 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 512-515  [ doi:10.1107/S174430910801213X ]

Expression, purification, crystallization and preliminary diffraction analysis of CapF, a capsular polysaccharide-synthesis enzyme from Staphylococcus aureus

T. Miyafusa, Y. Tanaka, M. Kuroda, T. Ohta and K. Tsumoto

Synopsis: CapF, a capsular polysaccharide-assembling protein from S. aureus, has been crystallized using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method. Oprimization of the crystallization conditions by differential scanning calorimetry afforded a crystal of selenomethionine-substituted CapF that diffracted to a resolution of 2.80 Å.

Online 23 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 516-519  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309108012141 ]

Purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of human chondroadherin

A. Pramhed, L. Addis, V. Tillgren, C. Wenglén, D. Heinegård and D. T. Logan

Synopsis: Recombinant human chondroadherin has been crystallized by the sitting-drop vapour-diffusion method. The crystals belonged to the monoclinic space group P21 and diffracted to at least 2.3 Å resolution.

Online 23 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 520-523  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309108012244 ]

Purification, crystallization and preliminary crystallographic analysis of biotin protein ligase from Staphylococcus aureus

N. R. Pendini, S. W. Polyak, G. W. Booker, J. C. Wallace and M. C. J. Wilce

Synopsis: The biotin protein ligase from S. aureus has been overexpressed in E. coli, purified, crystallized by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method and analysed using X-ray diffraction.

Online 23 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 524-527  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309108012475 ]

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of biotin acetyl-CoA carboxylase ligase (BirA) from Mycobacterium tuberculosis

V. Gupta, R. K. Gupta, G. Khare, A. Surolia, D. M. Salunke and A. K. Tyagi

Synopsis: The cloning, purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray characterization of the crystals of biotin acetyl-CoA carboxylase ligase from M. tuberculosis are reported.

Online 23 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 528-530  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309108013110 ]

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic analysis of full-length yeast tropomyosin 2 from Saccharomyces cerevisiae

V. Meshcheryakov, Y. Nitanai, R. Maytum, M. A. Geeves and Y. Maeda

Synopsis: Crystals of full-length yeast tropomyosin 2 from S. cerevisiae have been obtained.

Online 23 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 531-532  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309108013444 ]

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray structural studies of human prouroguanylin

L. Ito, Y. Hidaka, M. Okumura, H. Konishi and H. Yamaguchi

Synopsis: Human prouroguanylin, a precursor protein of a peptide hormone, was expressed in E. coli, refolded, purified and crystallized. The crystals belong to space group P6122 and diffract X-rays to 2.5 Å resolution.

Online 23 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 533-536  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309108013602 ]

Expression, crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of an outer membrane protein from Thermus thermophilus HB27

A. Brosig, J. Nesper, W. Welte and K. Diederichs

Synopsis: The predicted eight-stranded [beta]-barrel outer membrane protein TTC0834 from T. thermophilus HB27 was overexpressed in T. thermophilus HB8 and crystallized. Diffraction data were collected to a maximal resolution of 3.2 Å.

Online 23 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 537-540  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309108013997 ]

Preliminary neutron crystallographic analysis of selectively CH3-protonated deuterated rubredoxin from Pyrococcus furiosus

K. L. Weiss, F. Meilleur, M. P. Blakeley and D. A. A. Myles

Synopsis: The crystallization and preliminary neutron crystallographic analysis of selectively CH3-protonated deuterated rubredoxin from P. furiosus is presented. This work represents the first reported use of selectively labeled material for phasing applications using neutron protein crystallography.

Online 24 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 541-544  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309108014449 ]

Expression, purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of Rv3117, a probable thiosulfate sulfurtransferase (CysA3) from Mycobacterium tuberculosis

S. J. Witholt, R. Sankaranarayanan, C. R. Garen, M. M. Cherney, L. T. Cherney and M. N. G. James

Synopsis: MtbCysA3, a probable rhodanese-like thiosulfate sulfurtransferase, has been expressed, purified and crystallized. Preliminary X-ray analysis shows a dimer in the asymmetric unit.

Online 24 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 545-547  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309108014334 ]

Isolation, purification, crystallization and preliminary crystallographic studies of sagitoxin, an oligomeric cardiotoxin from the venom of Naja naja saggitifera

R. Mir, M. Sinha, S. Sharma, N. Singh, P. Kaur, A. Srinivasan and T. P. Singh

Synopsis: Sagitoxin, a novel cardiotoxin from the venom of Naja naja saggitifera, has been successfully isolated, purified to homogeneity and crystallized.

Online 24 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 548-553  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309108014589 ]

Expression, purification, crystallization and structure determination of two glutathione S-transferase-like proteins from Shewanella oneidensis

B. Remmerie, K. Vandenbroucke, L. De Smet, W. Carpentier, D. De Vos, J. Stout, J. Van Beeumen and S. N. Savvides

Synopsis: The production and purification of recombinant SoGST3 and SoGST6, two GST-like proteins from S. oneidensis, are reported and preliminary crystallographic studies of crystals of the recombinant enzymes are presented.

Online 24 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 554-557  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309108014656 ]

Expression, purification and preliminary diffraction studies of PhnP

K. Podzelinska, S. He, A. Soares, D. Zechel, B. Hove-Jensen and Z. Jia

Synopsis: PhnP, a member of the C-P lyase pathway, was crystallized by the sitting-drop vapour-diffusion method and the initial diffraction-pattern analysis is reported.

Online 24 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 558-560  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309108014681 ]

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of vicenisaminyltransferase VinC

E. Nango, A. Minami, T. Kumasaka and T. Eguchi

Synopsis: The crystallization of VinC, a glycosyltransferase involved in the biosynthesis of the antitumour antibiotic vicenistatin, is reported.

Online 24 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 561-563  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309108012219 ]

Cloning, purification and crystallization of MotB, a stator component of the proton-driven bacterial flagellar motor

J. O'Neill and A. Roujeinikova

Synopsis: The cloning, overexpression, purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of H. pylori MotB, a peptidoglycan-binding component of the stator of the bacterial flagellar motor, are reported.

Online 30 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 564-566  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309108011421 ]

Crystallization of the focal adhesion kinase targeting (FAT) domain in a primitive orthorhombic space group

A. T. Magis, K. M. Bailey, E. V. Kurenova, J. A. Hernández Prada, W. G. Cance and D. A. Ostrov

Synopsis: X-ray diffraction data from the targeting (FAT) domain of focal adhesion kinase (FAK) were collected from a single crystal that diffracted to 1.99 Å resolution.

Online 30 May 2008


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Acta Cryst. (2008). F64, 567-571  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309108014851 ]

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of SeqA bound to a pair of hemimethylated GATC sites

Y. Chung and A. Guarné

Synopsis: This work describes the optimization of hemimethylated DNA duplexes for co-crystallization with a dimeric SeqA mutant, as well as the preliminary characterization of the SeqA-DNA co-crystals.

Online 30 May 2008


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