Kiyohito Kihira

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The bacterial translational GTPases release factor RF3 promotes translation termination by recycling RF1 or RF2. Here, we present the crystal structures of RF3 complexed with GDP and guanosine 3',5'-(bis)diphosphate (ppGpp) at resolutions of 1.8 and 3.0Å, respectively. ppGpp is involved in the so-called "stringent response" of bacteria. ppGpp binds at the(More)
Class II release factor 3 (RF3) from the sulfate-reducing bacterium Desulfovibrio vulgaris Miyazaki F, which promotes rapid dissociation of a class I release factor, has been overexpressed, purified and crystallized in complex with GDP at 293 K using the sitting-drop vapour-diffusion method. A data set was collected to 1.8 A resolution from a single crystal(More)
A highly improved method for obtaining resonance Raman (RR) spectra provided spectra comparable to the best known flavoprotein spectra when the method was tested using bovine heart NADH:ubiquinone oxidoreductase (Complex I), a protein with a molecular mass of 1000 kDa, which causes the level of RR noise to be 1 order of magnitude higher than for most(More)
NAD+-reducing [NiFe] hydrogenases catalyze the oxidoreduction of dihydrogen concomitant with the interconversion of NAD+ and NADH. Here, the isolation, purification and crystallization of the NAD+-reducing [NiFe] hydrogenase from Hydrogenophilus thermoluteolus TH-1 are reported. Crystals of the NAD+-reducing [NiFe] hydrogenase were obtained within one week(More)
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