Acta Crystallographica Section F

Structural Biology and Crystallization Communications

Volume 68, Part 1 (January 2012)



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editorial


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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 1  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309111053759 ]

Crystals on the cover 2012

H. Einspahr and M. S. Weiss

Synopsis: Editorial.

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structural communications


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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 2-7  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309111048056 ]

Structural insights into RipC, a putative citrate lyase [beta] subunit from a Yersinia pestis virulence operon

R. Torres, N. Chim, B. Sankaran, C. Pujol, J. B. Bliska and C. W. Goulding

Synopsis: Comparison of the 2.45 ┼ resolution crystal structure of homotrimeric RipC, a putative citrate lyase [beta] subunit from Y. pestis, with structural homologs reveals conserved RipC residues that are implicated in CoA binding.

PDB reference: 3qll

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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 8-13  [ doi:10.1107/S174430911104807X ]

Structure of CBM3b of the major cellulosomal scaffoldin subunit ScaA from Acetivibrio cellulolyticus

O. Yaniv, Y. Halfon, L. J. W. Shimon, E. A. Bayer, R. Lamed and F. Frolow

Synopsis: The crystal structure at 1.0 ┼ resolution of the cellulose-binding CBM3b from the major scaffoldin subunit ScaA of A. cellulolyticus is described.

PDB references: 3zqw, 3zuc and 3zu8

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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 14-19  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309111048184 ]

Structure of N-formylglycinamide ribonucleotide amidotransferase II (PurL) from Thermus thermophilus HB8

S. Suzuki, H. Yanai, M. Kanagawa, S. Tamura, Y. Watanabe, K. Fuse, S. Baba, G. Sampei and G. Kawai

Synopsis: The structure of PurL from T. thermophilus HB8 in complex with an adenine nucleotide is reported at 2.35 ┼ resolution.

PDB reference: 3viu

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crystallization communications


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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 20-23  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309111038139 ]

Expression, refolding and preliminary X-ray crystallographic analysis of equine MHC class I molecule complexed with an EIAV-Env CTL epitope

S. Yao, J. Qi, J. Liu, R. Chen, X. Pan, X. Li, F. Gao and C. Xia

Synopsis: The equine MHC class I molecule was crystallized in complex with [beta]2-microglobulin and a CTL epitope and X-ray diffraction data were collected to 2.3 ┼ resolution.

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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 24-31  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309111048020 ]

Activation of legumain involves proteolytic and conformational events, resulting in a context- and substrate-dependent activity profile

E. Dall and H. Brandstetter

Synopsis: The enzymatic activation of human legumain requires both proteolytic cleavage and conformational reordering and is modulated by its substrate as well as cofactors. These biochemical findings are aided by the crystallization and initial crystallographic analysis of legumain.

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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 32-36  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309111045386 ]

Molecular cloning, overexpression, purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction studies of histidinol phosphate aminotransferase (HisC2) from Mycobacterium tuberculosis

N. Nasir, R. Vyas, C. Chugh, M. S. Ahangar and B. K. Biswal

Synopsis: HisC2 from M. tuberculosis was cloned, overexpressed, purified and crystallized and the crystals were characterized.

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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 37-40  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309111044708 ]

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic analysis of the membrane-binding haemprotein nitrophorin 7 from Rhodnius prolixus

H. Ogata and M. Knipp

Synopsis: The crystallization of recombinant nitrophorin 7 originating from the bloodsucking insect R. prolixus is described. The crystals diffracted to 1.8 ┼ resolution.

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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 41-44  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309111046318 ]

Protein expression, crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic analysis of chicken interferon-[gamma] receptor [alpha] chain

Z. Ping, Y. Shi, Y. Sun, L. Ma and M. Wang

Synopsis: Chicken interferon-[gamma] receptor [alpha] chain was crystallized and diffraction data were collected to 2.0 ┼ resolution.

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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 45-48  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309111045842 ]

Overproduction, purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of Cockayne syndrome protein A in complex with DNA damage-binding protein 1

E. M. Meulenbroek and N. S. Pannu

Synopsis: Human Cockayne syndrome protein A has been cocrystallized with human DNA damage-binding protein 1 and data have been collected to 2.9 ┼ resolution.

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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 49-52  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309111044551 ]

Crystallization and preliminary neutron diffraction studies of ADP-ribose pyrophosphatase-I from Thermus thermophilus HB8

N. Okazaki, M. Adachi, T. Tamada, K. Kurihara, T. Ooga, N. Kamiya, S. Kuramitsu and R. Kuroki

Synopsis: ADP-ribose pyrophosphatase-I, a Nudix enzyme, from T. thermophilus was crystallized for neutron diffraction. Neutron and X-ray diffraction data sets were collected to 2.1 and 1.5 ┼ resolution, respectively.

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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 53-55  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309111046082 ]

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic studies of the outer membrane cytochrome OmcA from Shewanella oneidensis MR-1

S. J. Tomanicek, A. Johs, M. S. Sawhney, L. Shi and L. Liang

Synopsis: The purification and crystallization of the outer membrane decaheme c-type cytochrome OmcA from S. oneidensis MR-1 are reported. The plate-like crystals belonged to the monoclinic space group P21 and diffracted to 3.25 ┼ resolution.

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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 56-58  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309111047099 ]

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic analysis of the [beta]-N-acetylglucosaminidase CbsA from Thermotoga neapolitana

B.-Y. Yoon, L. Jiao, H. R. Moon, J. Cha and N.-C. Ha

Synopsis: CbsA from T. neapolitana has been crystallized. Native data were collected to 2.0 ┼ resolution.

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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 59-62  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309111048068 ]

Purification, crystallization and preliminary crystallographic analysis of human dihydrodipicolinate synthase-like protein (DHDPSL)

R. D. Bunker, K. M. Loomes and E. N. Baker

Synopsis: A human enzyme, DHDPSL, which is homologous to bacterial pyruvate-dependent aldolases but of unknown function, has been expressed, purified and crystallized with the use of in situ proteolysis. The crystals diffracted to 2.0 ┼ resolution and were suitable for structure determination.

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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 63-65  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309111048111 ]

Expression, purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic analysis of L-lactate dehydrogenase and its H171C mutant from Bacillus subtilis

Y. Zhang and X. Gao

Synopsis: Recombinant wild-type L-lactate dehydrogenase from B. subtilis (BsLDH) was cocrystallized with fructose 1,6-bisphosphate and NAD+ and the crystal diffracted to 2.38 ┼ resolution. The H171C mutant of BsLDH was also crystallized as the apoenzyme and in complex with NAD+ and the crystals diffracted to 2.20 and 2.49 ┼, respectively. All crystals belonged to space group P3.

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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 66-68  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309111048688 ]

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of pyridoxine 4-oxidase, the first enzyme in pyridoxine degradation pathway I

A. N. Mugo, J. Kobayashi, B. Mikami, K. Ohnishi and T. Yagi

Synopsis: Recombinant pyridoxine 4-oxidase from M. loti MAFF303099 was crystallized and diffraction data were collected to 2.2 ┼ resolution.

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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 69-72  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309111047634 ]

Purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic analysis of Arabidopsis thaliana dynamin-related protein 1A GTPase-GED fusion protein

X. Chen, X. Xu, Y. Sun, J. Zhou, Y. Ma, L. Yan and Z. Lou

Synopsis: A. thaliana dynamin-related protein 1A GTPase domain fused with its GTPase effector domain was overexpressed, purified and crystallized in a hexagonal crystal form that diffracted to 3.6 ┼ resolution.

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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 73-77  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309111047920 ]

Expression, purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic analysis of human [beta]-galactosidase

K. Usui, U. Ohto, T. Ochi, T. Shimizu and Y. Satow

Synopsis: This study reports the expression, purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic analysis of human lysosomal [beta]-D-galactosidase.

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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 78-80  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309111049426 ]

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic studies of a new class of enoyl-(acyl-carrier protein) reductase, FabV, from Vibrio fischeri

A. K. Park, J. H. Lee, Y. M. Chi and J. H. Moon

Synopsis: An orthorhombic crystal of an enoyl-(acyl-carrier protein) reductase from V. fischeri was obtained and diffraction data were collected to 2.7 ┼ resolution.

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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 81-84  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309111048743 ]

Expression, purification and preliminary structural analysis of the head domain of Deinococcus radiodurans RecN

S. Pellegrino, J. Radzimanowski, S. McSweeney and J. Timmins

Synopsis: The head domain of the DNA-repair protein RecN from D. radiodurans, composed of the amino- and carboxy-terminal domains, was crystallized. X-ray diffraction data were collected to 3.0 ┼ resolution and the crystals belonged to space group P21.

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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 85-88  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309111049530 ]

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic analysis of the plant defensin NaD1

F. T. Lay, G. D. Mills, M. D. Hulett and M. Kvansakul

Synopsis: NaD1 is a potent antifungal plant defensin. Here, the crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic analysis of NaD1 are reported in order to obtain insight into the structural basis of its antifungal activity.

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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 89-92  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309111049529 ]

Purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of the IL-20-IL-20R1-IL-20R2 complex

N. J. Logsdon, C. E. Allen, K. R. Rajashankar and M. R. Walter

Synopsis: The purification and crystallization of the IL-20-IL-20R1-IL-20R2 ternary complex is described. A low-temperature SAD data set was collected using synchrotron radiation, which showed that the crystals belonged to space group P41212 or its enantiomorph P43212 and contained one ternary complex in the asymmetric unit.

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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 93-97  [ doi:10.1107/S174430911105038X ]

Expression, purification and preliminary crystallographic studies of NahF, a salicylaldehyde dehydrogenase from Pseudomonas putida G7 involved in naphthalene degradation

J. B. Coitinho, D. M. A. Costa, S. L. GuimarŃes, A. M. de Gˇes and R. A. P. Nagem

Synopsis: NahF is a salicylaldehyde dehydrogenase that is involved in the naphthalene-degradation pathway, converting salicylaldehyde into salicylate. The subcloning, expression, purification and preliminary X-ray diffraction studies at 2.42 ┼ resolution of P. putida G7 NahF are reported.

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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 98-100  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309111050391 ]

Overexpression, crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic analysis of the RNA polymerase domain of primase from Streptococcus mutans strain UA159

D.-W. Im, T.-O. Kim, H. Y. Jung, J. E. Oh, S. J. Lee and Y.-S. Heo

Synopsis: The RNA polymerase domain of primase from S. mutans strain UA159 was cloned, overexpressed, purified and crystallized. X-ray diffraction data were collected to a resolution of 1.60 ┼.

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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 101-104  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309111050597 ]

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray data analysis of a DJ-1 homologue from Arabidopsis thaliana (AtDJ-1D)

K. H. Seo, N. Zhuang, J.-Y. Cha, D. Son and K. H. Lee

Synopsis: A DJ-1 homologue protein from A. thaliana (AtDJ-1D) has been crystallized. Diffraction data were collected to 2.05 ┼ resolution for structure determination by the multiple-wavelength anomalous dispersion (MAD) method.

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laboratory communications


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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 105-110  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309111048706 ]

Improving the diffraction of apoA-IV crystals through extreme dehydration

X. Deng, W. S. Davidson and T. B. Thompson

Synopsis: Apolipoprotein A-IV crystals consisted of a long unit-cell edge (540 ┼) with a high mosaic spread, making them intractable for X-ray diffraction analysis. Extreme dehydration in 60% PEG 3350 was utilized as a post-crystallization treatment as well a screening method to significantly sharpen the mosaic spread and increase the overall resolution of diffraction.

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Acta Cryst. (2012). F68, 111-114  [ doi:10.1107/S1744309111054029 ]

Measurement of the equilibrium relative humidity for common precipitant concentrations: facilitating controlled dehydration experiments

M. J. Wheeler, S. Russi, M. G. Bowler and M. W. Bowler

Synopsis: The equilibrium relative humidity values for a number of the most commonly used precipitants in macromolecular crystallization have been measured using a humidity-control device and compared with independent values where available. The results will simplify experiments using the device.

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