Biomolecular NMR Assignments

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 367–371 | Cite as

Resonance assignments of a VapC family toxin from Clostridium thermocellum

  • Chen Wang
  • Jinsong Xuan
  • Qiu Cui
  • Yingang Feng


Toxin–antitoxin (TA) systems widely exist in bacterial plasmids, phages, and chromosomes and play important roles in growth persistence and host-pathogen interaction. Virulence associated protein BC (VapBC) family TAs are the most abundant TAs in bacteria and many pathogens contain a large number of vapBC loci in the genome which have been extensively studied. Clostridium thermocellum, a cellulolytic anaerobic gram-positive bacterium with promising applications in biofuel production, also contains a VapBC TA in the genome. Despite the structures of several VapBC family TAs have been determined, the toxin and anti-toxin components of C. thermocellum VapBC have very low sequence identity to the proteins in PDB. Therefore, the structure and functional mechanism of this TA is largely unknown. Here we reported the NMR resonance assignments of the VapC toxin from C. thermocellum as a basis for further structural and functional studies.


VapBC toxin–antitoxin Clostridium thermocellum NMR Chemical shift assignment 



We thank Dr. Jinfa Ying (in the Ad Bax group of NIDDK, NIH) for providing SMILE software and helpful comments for the NUS data processing. This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 31270784 to Y.F. and 31300635 to J.X.) and Chinese Government Scholarship (No. 201506465020 to J.X.).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biological Science and Engineering, School of Chemical and Biological EngineeringUniversity of Science and Technology BeijingBeijingChina
  2. 2.Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Energy Genetics, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess TechnologyChinese Academy of SciencesQingdaoChina
  3. 3.CAS Key Laboratory of Biofuels, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess TechnologyChinese Academy of SciencesQingdaoChina

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