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Using synchrotron radiation, X-ray data have been collected from Pyrococcus furiosus ornithine carbamoyltransferase (Pfu OTCase) to a maximal resolution of 1.87 Å, allowing the refinement of a previous structure at 2.7 Å [Villeret et al. (1998), Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA, 95, 2801–2806]. Thanks to the high resolution of this refined structure, two sulfate ions and 191 water molecules could be localized directly from the electron-density maps. The identification of these molecules allowed a more rigorous description of the active site and the identification of residues involved in binding carbamoyl phosphate. The improved quality of the model resulted in a better definition of several loops and the various interfaces. The dodecameric protein is composed of four catalytic trimers disposed in a tetrahedral manner. The extreme thermal stability of Pfu OTCase is mainly the result of the strengthening of the intersubunit interactions in a trimer and oligomerization of the trimers into a dodecamer. Interfaces between monomers in a catalytic trimer are characterized by an increase in ion-pair networks compared with mesophilic OTCases. However, the interfaces between catalytic trimers in the dodecameric oligomer are mainly hydrophobic and also involve aromatic–aromatic and cation–π interactions.

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PDB reference: ornithine carbamoyltransferase, 1pvv, r1pvvsf

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