Meike Stelter

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Phosphorylcholine, a specific component of the pneumococcal cell wall, is crucial in pathogenesis. It directly binds to the human platelet-activating factor (PAF) receptor and acts as a docking station for the family of surface-located choline-binding proteins (CBP). The first structure of a complete pneumococcal CBP, Pce (or CbpE), has been solved in(More)
Phosphorylcholine, a crucial component of the pneumococcal cell wall, is essential in bacterial physiology and in human pathogenesis because it binds to serum components of the immune system and acts as a docking station for the family of surface choline-binding proteins. The three-dimensional structure of choline-binding protein F (CbpF), one of the most(More)
Choline-binding protein F (CbpF) is a modular protein that is bound to the pneumococcal cell wall through noncovalent interactions with choline moieties of the bacterial teichoic and lipoteichoic acids. Despite being one of the more abundant proteins on the surface, along with the murein hydrolases LytA, LytB, LytC and Pce, its function is still unknown.(More)
The pneumococcal phosphorylcholine esterase (Pce or CbpE) is a modular protein that hydrolyses the phosphorylcholine residues present in the teichoic and lipoteichoic acids of the pneumococcal cell wall. Pce has been crystallized using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method at 291 K. Diffraction-quality monoclinic crystals belong to space group C2, with(More)
Because of their intense white lines and large f" values, lanthanide atoms are of great interest for solving structures of biological macromolecules using single-wavelength anomalous diffraction (SAD) or multiple-wavelength anomalous diffraction (MAD) methods. In this work, a series of seven gadolinium complexes are described which provide excellent(More)
Nudix pyrophosphatases are a well represented protein family in the Deinococcus radiodurans genome. These hydrolases, which are known to be enzymatically active towards nucleoside diphosphate derivatives, play a role in cleansing the cell pool of potentially deleterious damage products. Here, the structure of DR2204, the only ADP-ribose pyrophosphatase in(More)
The Escherichia coli yeaZ gene encodes a 231-residue protein (Mr = 25,180) that belongs to a family of proteins that are conserved in various bacterial genomes. This protein of unknown function is predicted to be a hypothetical protease. The YeaZ protein was overexpressed in E. coli and crystallized at 298 K by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method. A(More)
A set of seven caged gadolinium complexes were used as vectors for introducing the chelated Gd(3+) ion into protein crystals in order to provide strong anomalous scattering for de novo phasing. The complexes contained multidentate ligand molecules with different functional groups to provide a panel of possible interactions with the protein. An exhaustive(More)
Seven gadolinium complexes are shown to be excellent compounds for the preparation of heavy-atom derivatives for macromolecular crystallography projects. De novo phasing has been carried out using single-wavelength anomalous diffraction (SAD) on a series of gadolinium-derivative crystals of two proteins: hen egg-white lysozyme and urate oxidase from(More)
Seven Gd complexes were used in the preparation of heavy-atom derivatives for solving the structure of choline-binding protein F (CbpF), a 36 kDa surface protein from Streptococcus pneumoniae, by the SAD method. CbpF was used as a model system to analyse the phasing capability of each of the derivatives. Three different aspects have been systematically(More)
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