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ISSN: 2059-7983

January 2020 issue

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Cover illustration: Packing illustration of a crystal with P21 symmetry [Zheng et al. (2020), Acta Cryst. D76, 41–50].


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Improvements to the sensitivity of the search for suitable molecular-replacement search models in SIMBAD through the use of Phaser and an ensemble-based model database are reported.

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An automatic pipeline based on molecular-replacement phases is described for the automatic crystal structure solution of protein and DNA/RNA molecules.

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Improved coordinate error estimates are proposed for the X-ray and NMR models used for maximum-likelihood-based molecular-replacement phasing.

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Extracellular serine protease (Esp) is a glutamyl endopeptidase from Staphylococcus epidermidis that plays a key role in inhibiting the growth and formation of Staphylococcus aureus biofilms. Here, crystal structures of the Esp zymogen and its N-terminal locked variants are presented, and details are given of the role of the unusually long N-terminus in the activation and function of Esp.

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The C-terminal coiled-coil domain of transient receptor potential channel TRPP3 in space group P321 (PDB entry 4gif) is re-refined with restraints from quantum chemistry using Hartree–Fock theory.

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The full Amber force field has been integrated into Phenix as an alternative refinement target. With a slight loss in speed, it achieves improved stereochemistry, fewer steric clashes and better hydrogen bonds.

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A hybrid method has been developed to determine crystal structures by utilizing cryo-EM maps of homologous proteins.

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The catalytic mechanism and the evolutionary characteristics of thioredoxin derived from the extreme halophile H. salinarum NRC-1 were elucidated by X-ray crystallographic analysis, circular-dichroism analysis and enzymatic assays.

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