Britta Kunert

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Crystal clear: Preparing solid-state NMR samples that yield high-resolution spectra displaying high sensitivity is time-consuming and complicated. A sample of the 59 kDa protein DnaB, prepared simply by preparative centrifugation, provides spectra that are as good as the ones from carefully grown microcrystals.
Structural biology is developing into a universal tool for visualizing biological processes in space and time at atomic resolution. The field has been built by established methodology like X-ray crystallography, electron microscopy and solution NMR and is now incorporating new techniques, such as small-angle X-ray scattering, electron tomography,(More)
The maltose ATP-binding cassette transporter of Salmonella typhimurium is composed of the soluble periplasmic receptor, MalE, and a membrane-associated complex comprising one copy each of the pore-forming hydrophobic subunits, MalF and MalG, and of a homodimer of the ATP-hydrolyzing subunit, MalK. During the transport process the subunits are thought to(More)
ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transport systems facilitate the translocation of substances, like amino acids, across cell membranes energised by ATP hydrolysis. This work describes first structural studies on the ABC transporter ArtMP from Geobacillus stearothermophilus in native lipid environment by magic-angle spinning NMR spectroscopy. The 2D crystals of(More)
We present solid-state NMR assignments of the N-terminal domain of the DnaB helicase from Helicobacter pylori (153 residues) in its microcrystalline form. We use a sequential resonance assignment strategy based on three-dimensional NMR experiments. The resonance assignments obtained are compared with automated resonance assignments computed with the ssFLYA(More)
The use of protein building blocks for the structure determination of multidomain proteins and protein-protein complexes, also known as the "divide and conquer" approach, is an important strategy for obtaining protein structures. Atomic-resolution X-ray or NMR data of the individual domains are combined with lower-resolution electron microscopy maps or(More)
(1)H-detected magic-angle spinning NMR experiments facilitate structural biology of solid proteins, which requires using deuterated proteins. However, often amide protons cannot be back-exchanged sufficiently, because of a possible lack of solvent exposure. For such systems, using (2)H excitation instead of (1)H excitation can be beneficial because of the(More)
We here investigate the interactions between the DnaB helicase and the C-terminal domain of the corresponding DnaG primase of Helicobacter pylori using solid-state NMR. The difficult crystallization of this 387 kDa complex, where the two proteins interact in a six to three ratio, is circumvented by simple co-sedimentation of the two proteins directly into(More)
We present solid-state NMR sample preparation and first 2D spectra of the Bacillus subtilis ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter BmrA, a membrane protein involved in multidrug resistance. The homodimeric 130-kDa protein is a challenge for structural characterization due to its membrane-bound nature, size, inherent flexibility and insolubility. We show(More)
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