protein complex crystallization
Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
X-ray quality crystals of class I deoxyribose-5-phosphate aldolase from Escherichia coli have been obtained for the unliganded enzyme and in complex with its substrate, 2-deoxyribose-5-phosphate. The enzyme catalyzes the reversible cleavage of 2-deoxyribose-5-phosphate to acetaldehyde and D-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate. The unliganded and complex crystals are prismatic long rods and belong to the orthorhombic space group P212121 with cell dimensions a = 183.1 Å, b = 61.4 Å, c = 49.3 Å and a = 179.2 Å, b = 60.5, Å, c = 49.1 Å, respectively. Two molecules in the asymmetric unit are related by a noncrystallo-graphic 2-fold axis. The crystals are stable in the X-ray beam and diffract to at least 2.6 Å. A new method, reverse screening, designed to minimize protein utilization during the screening process was used to determine supersaturation and crystallization conditions. © 1995 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
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