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A plasmid vector has been constructed that directs the synthesis of high levels (approximately 2% of total cellular protein) of fusions between a target protein and maltose-binding protein (MBP) in Escherichia coli. The MBP domain is used to purify the fusion protein in a one step procedure by affinity chromatography to crosslinked amylose resin. The fusion(More)
A variety of proteins, including glycosylasparaginase, have recently been found to activate functions by self-catalyzed peptide bond rearrangements from single-chain precursors. Here we present the 1.9 A crystal structures of glycosylasparaginase precursors that are able to autoproteolyze via an N --> O acyl shift. Several conserved residues are aligned(More)
Glycosylasparaginase uses an autoproteolytic processing mechanism, through an N-O acyl shift, to generate a mature/active enzyme from a single-chain precursor. Structures of glycosylasparaginase precursors in complex with a glycine inhibitor have revealed the backbone in the immediate vicinity of the scissile peptide bond to be in a distorted trans(More)
A stable heterodimeric protein containing a single correctly folded catalytic domain (SCD) of T7 endonuclease I was produced by means of a trans-splicing intein system. As predicted by a model presented earlier, purified SCD protein acts a non-specific nicking endonuclease on normal linear DNA. The SCD retains some ability to recognize and cleave a deviated(More)
The phoB gene, which encodes a positive control factor for a number of phosphate-regulated genes in Escherichia coli, was cloned into multicopy plasmid pBR322. A phoB-cat fusion that expressed chloramphenicol transacetylase from the phoB promoter was constructed. Studies of the expression of the phoB-cat fusion showed that the pattern of regulation of the(More)
Phage-encoded resolvase T7 endonuclease I is a structure-specific endonuclease. The enzyme acts on a broad spectrum of substrates with a variety of DNA structures. The enzyme is a dimer with two separated catalytic domains connected by an elongated beta-sheet bridge. The activities of enzymes with mutations in the beta-bridge segment were studied. Mutations(More)
Sulfolobus islandicus rod shaped virus 2 (SIRV2) infects the archaeon Sulfolobus islandicus at extreme temperature (70°C-80°C) and acidity (pH 3). SIRV2 encodes a Holliday junction resolving enzyme (SIRV2 Hjr) that has been proposed as a key enzyme in SIRV2 genome replication. The molecular mechanism for SIRV2 Hjr four-way junction cleavage bias, minimal(More)
Two genes in the Escherichia coli genome, ypdE and ypdF, have been cloned and expressed, and their products have been purified. YpdF is shown to be a metalloenzyme with Xaa-Pro aminopeptidase activity and limited methionine aminopeptidase activity. Genes homologous to ypdF are widely distributed in bacterial species. The unique feature in the sequences of(More)
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