Acta Crystallographica Section F

Structural Biology and Crystallization Communications

Volume 65, Part 8 (August 2009)



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[Cover illustration]Cover illustration: Adenylate kinase from the psychrophile M. marinus (Davlieva & Shamoo, p. 751).

structural communications


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 746-750  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109023811 ]

Structure of the twin-arginine signal-binding protein DmsD from Escherichia coli

S. K. Ramasamy and W. M. Clemons

Synopsis: The crystal structure of DmsD from E. coli has been determined at 2.4  resolution.

PDB reference: 3cw0

Online 21 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 751-756  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109024348 ]

Structure and biochemical characterization of an adenylate kinase originating from the psychrophilic organism Marinibacillus marinus

M. Davlieva and Y. Shamoo

Synopsis: The crystal structure of adenylate kinase from the psychrophile M. marinus has been determined at 2.0  resolution and the kinetic parameters of this cold-adapted enzyme have been examined.

PDB reference: 3fb4

Online 21 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 757-761  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109025329 ]

Structure of the choline-binding domain of Spr1274 in Streptococcus pneumoniae

Z. Zhang, W. Li, C. Frolet, R. Bao, A.-M. di Guilmi, T. Vernet and Y. Chen

Synopsis: The crystal structure of the choline-binding domain of Spr1274 (residues 44-129) has been solved at 2.38  resolution with three molecules in the asymmetric unit.

PDB reference: 3hia

Online 21 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 762-766  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109025548 ]

The Z isomer of 2,4-diaminofuro[2,3-d]pyrimidine antifolate promotes unusual crystal packing in a human dihydrofolate reductase ternary complex

V. Cody, J. Pace, L. Lin and A. Gangjee

Synopsis: The crystal structure of the Z-isomer of 2,4-diamino-5-[2-(2'-methoxyphenyl)-propenyl]-furo[2,3-d]pyrimidine shows an unusual packing arrangement in which the conserved active site Arg70 forms a salt bridge to the side chain of Glu44 from a symmetry-related molecule.

PDB reference: 3gyf

Online 21 July 2009


crystallization communications


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 767-769  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109023926 ]

Crystallization and preliminary diffraction analysis of a [beta]-galactosidase from Trichoderma reesei

M. Maksimainen, T. Timoharju, J. M. Kallio, N. Hakulinen, O. Turunen and J. Rouvinen

Synopsis: The crystallization and preliminary diffraction analysis of a [beta]-galactosidase from T. reesei is described. The crystals diffracted to 1.2  resolution.

Online 25 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 770-772  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109023914 ]

Crystallization and preliminary crystallographic analysis of the bacterial capsule assembly-regulating tyrosine phosphatases Wzb of Escherichia coli and Cps4B of Streptococcus pneumoniae

H. Huang, G. Hagelueken, C. Whitfield and J. H. Naismith

Synopsis: The crystallization is reported of two bacterial tyrosine phosphatases which belong to different enzyme families despite their ability to catalyse identical reactions.

Online 25 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 773-775  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109024154 ]

Purification, crystallization and preliminary crystallographic study of haemoglobin from camel (Camelus dromedarius): a high oxygen-affinity lowland species

M. Balasubramanian, P. Sathya Moorthy, K. Neelagandan and M. N. Ponnuswamy

Synopsis: Haemoglobin from Camelus dromedarius provides an interesting case study of adaptation to life in deserts at extremely high temperatures. An ambition to unravel the integrated structural and functional aspects of the casual survival of this animal at high temperatures led the authors to specifically work on this problem. This work reports the preliminary crystallographic study of camel haemoglobin.

Online 25 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 776-778  [ doi:10.1107/S174430910902404X ]

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray characterization of a PaaX-like protein from Sulfolobus solfataricus P2

Y. Cao, Z. Lou, Y. Sun, F. Xue, C. Feng, X. Gong, D. Yang, M. Bartlam, Z. Meng and K. Zhang

Synopsis: In this study, the PaaX-like protein from the hyperthermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus solfataricus P2 was successfully crystallized by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method using ammonium sulfate as a precipitant.

Online 25 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 779-783  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109024142 ]

Purification, crystallization and preliminary data analysis of ligand-receptor complexes of growth and differentiation factor 5 (GDF5) and BMP receptor IB (BRIB)

A. Kotzsch, J. Nickel, W. Sebald and T. D. Mueller

Synopsis: Crystallization of the ligand-receptor complex of GDF5 and its type I receptor BRIB requires the presence of the activin type IIB receptor (ActRIIB) for crystal formation, but ActRIIB is not part of the complex found in the asymmetric unit.

Online 25 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 784-787  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109024464 ]

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of the truncated cytosolic domain of the iron transporter FeoB

Y. Jin, M. Hattori, H. Nisimasu, R. Ishitani and O. Nureki

Synopsis: The truncated cytosolic domain of the iron transporter FeoB from T. maritima was overexpressed, purified and crystallized. Four native or SeMet crystal forms in a nucleotide-free state or in complex with either GDP or GMPPNP diffracted to resolutions of between 1.5 and 2.1 .

Online 25 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 788-790  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109024749 ]

Expression, crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of the N-terminal domain of nsp2 from avian infectious bronchitis virus

A. Yang, L. Wei, W. Zhao, Y. Xu and Z. Rao

Synopsis: The N-terminal domain of nsp2 from avian infectious bronchitis virus has been purified and crystallized. The crystals diffracted to 2.5  resolution.

Online 25 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 791-794  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109025184 ]

Expression, purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of the DNA-binding domain of a Chlamydia trachomatis OmpR/PhoB-subfamily response regulator homolog, ChxR

J. M. Hickey, P. S. Hefty and A. L. Lamb

Synopsis: Expression, purification, crystallization, and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of the DNA-binding effector domain from an atypical OmpR response regulator homolog, ChxR, encoded by Chlamydia trachomatis are reported.

Online 25 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 795-797  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109025202 ]

Cloning, purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray studies of flagellar hook scaffolding protein FlgD from Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1

M. Luo, S. Niu, Y. Yin, A. Huang and D. Wang

Synopsis: In order to better elucidate the functions of FlgD in flagellar hook biosynthesis, the three-dimensional structure of FlgD is being determined by X-ray crystallography. Here, the expression, purification, crystallization and preliminary crystallographic analysis of FlgD from P. aeruginosa are reported.

Online 25 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 798-801  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109025767 ]

Complete amino-acid sequence, crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction studies of leucurolysin-a, a nonhaemorrhagic metalloproteinase from Bothrops leucurus snake venom

R. N. Ferreira, B. Rates, M. Richardson, B. G. Guimares, E. O. F. Sanchez, A. M. C. Pimenta and R. A. P. Nagem

Synopsis: Leucurolysin-a, a nonhaemorrhagic metalloproteinase from B. leucurus snake venom, has been crystallized in a free form and in a complexed form.

Online 25 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 802-804  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109027596 ]

Expression, purification, crystallization and preliminary crystallographic analysis of SpaA, a major pilin from Corynebacterium diphtheriae

H. J. Kang, N. G. Paterson and E. N. Baker

Synopsis: SpaA, one of the major pilins of C. diphtheriae, has been expressed, purified and crystallized and X-ray diffraction data have been collected to 1.6  resolution.

Online 25 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 805-808  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109026232 ]

Preliminary X-ray analysis of twinned crystals of sarcosine dimethylglycine methyltransferase from Halorhodospira halochoris

J. P. Kallio, J. Jnis, A. Nyyssl, N. Hakulinen and J. Rouvinen

Synopsis: The crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of sarcosine dimethylglycine methyltransferase from H. halochoris is reported.

Online 30 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 809-812  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109026281 ]

Crystallization and X-ray diffraction analysis of an `all-locked' nucleic acid duplex derived from a tRNASer microhelix

K. Behling, A. Eichert, J. P. Frste, C. Betzel, V. A. Erdmann and C. Frster

Synopsis: A completely `all-locked' nucleic acid duplex was designed from an E. coli tRNASer microhelix. The helix consists exclusively of LNA building blocks and was crystallized. The crystals diffracted to 1.9  resolution.

Online 30 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 813-817  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109026475 ]

Purification, crystallization and preliminary crystallographic analysis of protein MJ1225 from Methanocaldococcus jannaschii, a putative archaeal homologue of [gamma]-AMPK

I. Gmez Garca, D. Kortzar, I. Oyenarte, J. M. Mato, M. L. Martnez-Chantar and L. A. Martnez-Cruz

Synopsis: A preliminary crystallographic analysis at 2.3  resolution of protein MJ1225 from M. jannaschii, a putative archaeal homolog of [gamma]-AMPK, is described.

Online 30 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 818-821  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109026785 ]

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction of chlorite dismutase from Dechloromonas aromatica RCB

B. R. Goblirsch, B. R. Streit, J. L. DuBois and C. M. Wilmot

Synopsis: Chlorite dismutase crystals belonged to space group P212121 and diffracted to 3.0  resolution at a third-generation synchrotron X-ray source.

Online 30 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 822-824  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109026645 ]

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of [gamma]-hexachlorocyclohexane dehydrochlorinase LinA from Sphingobium japonicum UT26

M. Okai, K. Kubota, M. Fukuda, Y. Nagata, K. Nagata and M. Tanokura

Synopsis: Purification and crystallization of LinA allowed the collection of data to 2.25  resolution.

Online 30 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 825-828  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109026736 ]

Purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of FliT, a bacterial flagellar substrate-specific export chaperone

M. Kinoshita, M. Yamane, H. Matsunami, T. Minamino, K. Namba and K. Imada

Synopsis: FliT is a cytoplasmic flagellar type III substrate-specific export chaperone; it has been expressed, purified and crystallized and the crystals have been characterized by X-ray diffraction.

Online 30 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 829-831  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109026864 ]

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of AAMS amidohydrolase, the final enzyme in degradation pathway I of pyridoxine

J. Kobayashi, H. Yoshida, H. N. Chu, Y. Yoshikane, S. Kamitori and T. Yagi

Synopsis: Recombinant [alpha]-(N-acetylaminomethylene)succinic acid amidohydrolase from M. loti MAFF303099 was crystallized and diffraction data were collected at 2.7  resolution.

Online 30 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 832-835  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109027225 ]

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction of the DEAD-box protein Mss116p complexed with an RNA oligonucleotide and AMP-PNP

M. Del Campo and A. M. Lambowitz

Synopsis: The DEAD-box protein Mss116p was crystallized in a complex with a U10 RNA oligonucleotide and an ATP analog. High glycerol (50%) and L-arginine plus L-glutamate (50 mM each) enabled the concentration of Mss116p to ~10 mg ml-1 for crystallization.

Online 30 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 836-838  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109027389 ]

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of eukaryotic initiation factor 4E from Pisum sativum

J. A. Ashby, C. E. M. Stevenson, A. J. Maule and D. M. Lawson

Synopsis: Crystals of N-terminally truncated eIF4E from pea were obtained and X-ray data were recorded in-house to a resolution of 2.2 .

Online 30 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 839-842  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109027535 ]

Preliminary X-ray crystallographic analysis of sulfide:quinone oxidoreductase from Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans

Y. Zhang, M. M. Cherney, M. Solomonson, J. Liu, M. N. G. James and J. H. Weiner

Synopsis: The sulfide:quinone oxidoreductase from A. ferrooxidans ATCC 23270 was overexpressed in E. coli and purified. Crystallization and preliminarily X-ray crystallographic analysis were performed for the recombinant enzyme.

Online 30 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 843-845  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109027754 ]

Expression, purification and preliminary X-ray crystallographic analysis of UDP-galactopyranose mutase from Deinococcus radiodurans

S. Karunan Partha, S. A. Bonderoff, K. E. van Straaten and D. A. R. Sanders

Synopsis: UDP-galactopyranose mutase was crystallized using the microbatch method. The crystals diffracted to 2.36  resolution using synchrotron radiation.

Online 30 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 846-848  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109028097 ]

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of a complex formed between the antibiotic simocyclinone D8 and the DNA breakage-reunion domain of Escherichia coli DNA gyrase

M. J. Edwards, R. H. Flatman, L. A. Mitchenall, C. E. M. Stevenson, A. Maxwell and D. M. Lawson

Synopsis: Crystals of a complex formed between the 59 kDa N-terminal fragment of the E. coli DNA gyrase A subunit and the antibiotic simocyclinone D8 were obtained and X-ray data were recorded to a resolution of 2.75 .

Online 30 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 849-852  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109027900 ]

Purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic studies of the complex between Smc5 and the SUMO E3 ligase Mms21

X. Duan and H. Ye

Synopsis: The Mms21-Smc5 protein complex has been crystallized. The diffraction of the crystals was improved greatly by glutaraldehyde treatment and X-ray diffraction data sets were collected to resolutions of 2.3 and 3.9  from native and selenomethionine-derivative protein crystals, respectively.

Online 30 July 2009


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 853-855  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309109026670 ]

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of the LOV domain of the blue-light receptor YtvA from Bacillus amyloliquefaciens FZB42

H. Ogata, Z. Cao, A. Losi and W. Grtner

Synopsis: The crystallization of the LOV domain of the blue-light receptor YtvA from B. amyloliquefaciens FZB42 is described. The crystals diffracted to 1.60  resolution.

Online 30 July 2009


addenda and errata


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Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 856  [ doi:10.1107/S174430910902644X ]

Crystallization and crystallographic analysis of the apo form of the orange protein (ORP) from Desulfovibrio gigas. Corrigendum

S. Najmudin, C. Bonifcio, A. G. Duarte, S. R. Pauleta, I. Moura, J. J. G. Moura and M. J. Romo

Synopsis: A corrigendum to the article by Najmudin et al. [Acta Cryst. (2009). F65, 730-732].

Online 31 July 2009