The crystal structure of an autoprocessed Ser221Cys-subtilisin E-propeptide complex at 2.0 Å resolution

Shri C. Jain, Ujwal Shinde, Yuyun Li, Masayori Inouye, Helen M. Berman

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We report here the crystallographic structure determination of an autoprocessed (Ser221Cys)-subtilisin E-propeptide complex at 2.0 Å resolution. The subtilisin domain sequence has a single substitution (Ser221Cys) which has been shown to block the maturation process prior to degradation of the propeptide domain (77 residues) that acts as an intramolecular chaperon. This mutation, however, did not prevent the enzyme from cleaving its propeptide domain with a 60-80% efficiency. The current determination is the first example of a subtilisin E-propeptide complex which has been autoprocessed. A previous structure determination of a BPN'-prosegment complex has been reported in which the subtilisin domain was extensively mutated and a calcium binding loop was deleted. Further, in this earlier determination, the complex was formed by the addition of separately expressed propeptide domain. The structure determination reported here provides additional information about the nature of the interaction between the subtilisin and propeptide domains in this complex.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-144
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of molecular biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 20 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Protein crystal structure
  • Serine protease structure
  • Subtilisin E
  • Subtilisin E-propeptide complex
  • X-ray crystallography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology
  • Molecular Biology


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