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Forthcoming article in Acta Crystallographica Section F Structural Biology Communications



Acta Crystallographica Section F: Structural Biology Communications is a rapid all-electronic journal, which provides a home for short communications on the crystallization and structure of biological macromolecules. Structures determined through structur



 



In crystallo activity tests with latent apple tyrosinase and two mutants reveal the importance of the mutated sites for polyphenol oxidase activity
M. domestica polyphenol oxidase 1 (MdPPO1) was recombinantly expressed in its latent form (Lys1–Ser504) and successfully mutated at four different positions around the active centre which have been proposed to be decisive for the activity of the enzyme. The wild-type MdPPO1 and two of the mutants were successfully crystallized. In crystallo activity tests demonstrated the importance of these amino acids for the activity of the enzyme.



Filament-like DREP4 CIDE domain: characterization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic studies
The dynamic, filament-formation features of the DREP4 CIDE domain were characterized. The filament-like DREP4 CIDE domain was purified and crystallized in space group P212121, with unit-cell parameters a = 53.08, b = 76.58, c = 174.59 Å; the crystals diffracted to a resolution of 1.9 Å.



The quorum-quenching lactonase from Alicyclobacter acidoterrestris: purification, kinetic characterization, crystallization and crystallographic analysis
A lactonase from A. acidoterrestris named AaL has been isolated, purified, characterized and crystallized. The structure of AaL is expected to provide insights regarding its catalytic mechanism of lactone hydrolysis.



Crystal structure of the putative cytoplasmic protein STM0279 (Hcp2) from Salmonella typhimurium
The crystal structure of Hcp2 from S. typhimurium and its oligomeric state in solution are reported.



High-resolution structure of a Kazal-type serine protease inhibitor from the dengue vector Aedes aegypti
Its haematophagic habits and urban habitat make the mosquito Aedes aegypti an important vector of a number of human viruses. Here, the high-resolution crystal structure of AaTI, a noncanonical Kazal inhibitor from the saliva of A. aegypti, is presented, providing a molecular explanation for its inhibitory profile.



Expression and crystallographic studies of the D1D2 domains of C4.4A, a homologous protein to the urokinase receptor
The two amino-terminal LU domains of C4.4A were excised by limited proteolysis and were crystallized using the sitting-drop vapour-diffusion method. The crystals diffracted to 2.7 Å resolution, giving good-quality data.



1.12 Å resolution crystal structure of the catalytic domain of the plasmid-mediated colistin resistance determinant MCR-2
The crystal structure of the plasmid-mediated colistin resistance determinant MCR-2 has been determined at 1.12 Å resolution. This high-resolution structure highlights the molecular diversity of clinically relevant MCR proteins and provides an accurate starting model for further mechanistic, and in particular computational, studies.



Methylation, crystallization and SAD phasing of the Csu pilus CsuC–CsuE chaperone–adhesin subunit pre-assembly complex from Acinetobacter baumannii
Archaic Csu pili mediate the formation of A. baumannii biofilms on abiotic surfaces. To determine the structural basis for biofilm formation, native and selenomethionine-substituted pilus tip adhesin subunit CsuE complexed with the chaperone CsuC was produced in E. coli, purified and crystallized. Methylation of lysine residues was essential for crystallization of the complex. Initial phases were derived from selenomethionine-based single-wavelength anomalous dispersion.



Production, biophysical characterization and crystallization of Pseudomonas putida GraA and its complexes with GraT and the graTA operator
The antitoxin GraA from P. putida and its complexes with the toxin GraT and with the 33 bp operator of the graTA operon were crystallized.