A novel approach to studying the structural and functional properties of proteins with unknown functions
Three proteins from extremophilic bacteria—hypothetical monooxygenase from Deinococcus radiodurans, hypothetical nucleotidyl transferase from Thermotoga maritime, and hypothetical oxidoreductase from Exiguobacterium sibiricum—and the DJ-1 chaperone protein from Homo sapiens have been produced in Escherichia coli. The isolation and purification procedures developed for the recombinant proteins allowed us to achieve yields higher than 96%. Crystallization conditions enabling stable growth of crystals have been determined. X-ray experiments have been performed to test the quality of the crystals and the resolution achieved ranged from 1.2 to 1.8 Å.
Keywordsunknown ligands crystallization X-ray structure analysis
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