Tuesday, August 21, 2012

P. aeruginosa bacterioferritin—ferredoxin complex

The X-ray crystal structure of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacterioferritin (Pa-BfrB) in complex with bacterioferritin-associated ferredoxin (Pa-Bfd) has been solved at 2.0 Å resolution [1, 2].

As the first example of a ferritin-like molecule in complex with a cognate partner, the structure provides unprecedented insight into the complementary interface that enables the [2Fe-2S] cluster of Pa-Bfd to promote heme-mediated electron transfer through the BfrB protein dielectric (~18 Å), a process that is necessary to reduce the core ferric mineral and facilitate mobilization of Fe2+. The Pa-BfrB—Bfd complex also revealed the first structure of a Bfd, thus providing a first view to what appears to be a versatile metal binding domain ubiquitous to the large Fer2_BFD family of proteins and enzymes with diverse functions.
  1. Yao, H., Wang, Y., Lovell, S., Kumar, R., Ruvinsky, A.M., Battaile, K.P., Vakser, I.A. and Rivera, M. (2012) The structure of the BfrB—Bfd complex reveals protein—protein interactions enabling iron release from bacterioferritin. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134, 13470—13481.
  2. PDB:4E6K

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