Preliminary crystallographic studies of an extremely thermostable KDG aldolase from Sulfolobus solfataricus

EJ Hendy, CL Buchanan, RJM Russell, DW Hough, CD Reeve, MJ Danson, Garry Lindsay Taylor

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Crystals have been grown of 2-keto-3-deoxygluconate aldolase (KDG aldolase) from the hyperthermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus solfataricus that diffract to 2.2 Angstrom resolution. The enzyme catalyses the reversible aldol cleavage of 2-keto-3-dexoygluconate to pyruvate and glyceraldehyde, the third step of a modified non-phosphorylated Entner-Doudoroff pathway of glucose oxidation. S. solfataricus grows optimally at 353 K and the enzyme itself has a half-life of 2.5 h at 373 K. Knowledge of the crystal structure of KDG aldolase will further understanding of the basis of protein hyperthermostability and create a target for site-directed mutagenesis of active-site residues, with the aim of altering substrate specificity. Three crystal forms have been obtained: orthorhombic crystals of space group P2(1)2(1)2(1), which diffract to beyond 2.15 Angstrom, monoclinic crystals of space group C2, which diffract to 2.2 Angstrom, and cubic crystals of space group P4(2)32, which diffract to 3.4 Angstrom.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1437-1439
Number of pages3
JournalActa Crystallographica. Section D, Biological crystallography
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2000




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