Preparation and crystallization of a Bacillus subtilis arsenate reductase

Z Guan, Lars Hederstedt, Jin-Ping Li, Xiao-Dong Su

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Arsenate reductase (AR) in B. subtilis is encoded by the chromosomal arsC gene. Together with arsB and arsR, arsC participates in detoxification processes for the arsenate and arsenite ions. Full-length arsenate reductase without any modification has been expressed in Escherichia coli and purified in a soluble form. The recombinant protein has been crystallized at 277 K using polyethyleneglycol (PEG) or poly(ethyleneglycol) methyl ether (PME) as the main precipitant. At least two forms of crystals large enough for data collection have been obtained from wild-type protein under different conditions. An orthorhombic crystal diffracted to beyond 2.2 Å with space group P212121 and unit-cell parameters a = 51.22, b = 91.62, c = 101.93 Å. A near-complete data set has been collected to 2.5 Å. The application of the flash-annealing technique was crucial for high resolution during the data collection. The SeMet-substituted AR has also been produced and crystallized under very similar conditions as the wild type, but the unit-cell parameters are very different. The crystals of the SeMet protein diffracted to higher resolution than those of the wild type.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1718-1721
JournalActa Crystallographica. Section D: Biological Crystallography
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


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