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Extending the usability of the phasing power of diselenide bonds: SeCys SAD phasing of CsgC using a non-auxotrophic strain.

DOI: 10.1107/S0907444910042022 DOI Help

Authors: Paula Salgado (Imperial College London) , Jonathan Taylor (Imperial College London) , Ernesto Cota (Imperial College London) , Steve J. Matthews (Imperial College London)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Acta Crystallographica Section D , VOL 67 , PAGES 8-13

State: Published (Approved)
Published: January 2011
Diamond Proposal Number(s): 1227

Abstract: The CsgC protein is a component of the curli system in Escherichia coli. Reported here is the successful incorporation of selenocysteine (SeCys) and selenomethionine (SeMet) into recombinant CsgC, yielding derivatized crystals suitable for structural determination. Unlike in previous reports, a standard autotrophic expression strain was used and only single-wavelength anomalous dispersion (SAD) data were required for successful phasing. The level of SeCys/SeMet incorporation was estimated by mass spectrometry to be about 80%. The native protein crystallized in two different crystal forms (form 1 belonging to space group C2221 and form 2 belonging to space group C2), which diffracted to 2.4 and 2.0 Å resolution, respectively, whilst Se-derivatized protein crystallized in space group C2 and diffracted to 1.7 Å resolution. The Se-derivatized crystals are suitable for SAD structure determination using only the anomalous signal derived from the SeCys residues. These results extend the usability of SeCys labelling to more general and less favourable cases, rendering it a suitable alternative to traditional phasing approaches.

Journal Keywords: Selenocysteine; Sad; Non-Auxotrophic Escherichia Coli Strains; Csgc

Subject Areas: Technique Development, Biology and Bio-materials, Chemistry

Instruments: I02-Macromolecular Crystallography , I03-Macromolecular Crystallography , I04-Macromolecular Crystallography

Other Facilities: Soleil