[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Among the known covalent damages that can occur spontaneously to proteins, the formation of isoaspartyl linkages through deamidation of asparagines and isomerization of aspartates may be one of the most rapid forms under conditions of physiological pH and temperature. The protein L-isoaspartyl methyltransferase (PIMT) is thought to recognize L-isoaspartyl residues and repair this kind of damaged proteins. Curiously, there is a potential functional difference between bacterial and mammalian PIMTs. Herein, we present the crystal structure of Escherichia coli PIMT (EcPIMT) at a resolution of 1.8 Å. The enzyme we investigated was able to remain bound to its product S-adenosylhomocysteine (SAH) during crystallization. Analysis indicates that the high affinity of EcPIMT for SAH might lead to the lower activity of the enzyme.
Full-text · Article · Dec 2010 · Cell biochemistry and biophysics
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The homologous RNases RNase E and RNase G are widely distributed in bacteria and function in many important physiological processes, including mRNA degradation, rRNA maturation and so on. In this study, the crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of RNase G from Escherichia coli is described. Purified recombinant E. coli RNase G, which has 497 amino acids, was crystallized in the cubic space group F432, with unit-cell parameters a = b = c = 219.84 A. X-ray diffraction data were collected to a resolution of 3.4 A.
Full-text · Article · Jul 2009 · Acta Crystallographica Section F Structural Biology and Crystallization Communications