Expression, purification, crystallization and preliminary x-ray analysis of escherichia coli 5′-methylthioadenosine/S-adenosylhomocysteine nucleosidase

J. E. Lee, K. A. Cornell, M. K. Riscoe, P. Lynne Howell

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A recombinant form of Escherichia coli 5'-methylthioadenosine/ S-adenosylhomocysteine nucleosidase (E.C. has been purified to homogeneity and crystallized using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion technique. While several different crystallization conditions were obtained, only one set of conditions yielded crystals suitable for X-ray diffraction analysis. These crystals grow as diamond-shaped wedges, with unit-cell parameters a = 50.92, b = 133.99, c = 70.88 Å, a = β = γ = 90°. The crystals belong to space group P21212 and diffract to a minimum d spacing of 2.3 Å on a MAR345 image plate with a Rigaku RU-200 rotating-anode X-ray generator. On the basis of density calculations, two monomers are predicted per asymmetric unit (Matthews coefficient, VM = 2.37 Å3 Da-1), with a solvent content of 48%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)150-152
Number of pages3
JournalActa Crystallographica Section D: Biological Crystallography
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2001


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  • Structural Biology

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