Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Rhodothermus marinus HiPIP at 1.0 Å

Meike Stelter and colleagues have solved the crystal structure of the reduced form of a high-potential iron–sulfur protein (HiPIP) from the thermophilic eubacterium Rhodothermus marinus.

This is the first structure of a HiPIP isolated from a nonphotosynthetic bacterium involved in an aerobic respiratory chain. The structure shows a similar environment around the cluster as the other HiPIPs from phototrophic bacteria, but reveals several features distinct from those of the other HiPIPs of phototrophic bacteria, such as a different fold of the N-terminal region of the polypeptide due to a disulfide bridge and a ten-residue-long insertion.

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