Thomas C. Eadsforth

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The structure of A. thaliana imidazoleglycerol-phosphate dehydratase, an enzyme of histidine biosynthesis and a target for the triazole phosphonate herbicides, has been determined to 3.0 A resolution. The structure is composed of 24 identical subunits arranged in 432 symmetry and shows how the formation of a novel dimanganese cluster is crucial to the(More)
Three enzyme activities in the protozoan Leishmania major, namely N(5),N(10)-methylenetetrahydrofolate dehydrogenase/N(5),N(10)-methenyltetrahydrofolate cyclohydrolase (DHCH) and N(10)-formyltetrahydrofolate ligase (FTL) produce the essential intermediate N(10)-formyltetrahydrofolate. Although trypanosomatids possess at least one functional DHCH, the same(More)
Human paternally expressed gene 3 protein (PEG3) is a large multi-domain entity with diverse biological functions, including acting as a transcription factor. PEG3 contains twelve Cys2-His2 type zinc finger domains, extended regions of predicted disorder and at the N-terminus a SCAN domain. PEG3 has been identified as partner of the E3 ubiquitin-protein(More)
4-Amino-4-deoxychorismate lyase (PabC) catalyzes the formation of 4-aminobenzoate, and release of pyruvate, during folate biosynthesis. This is an essential activity for the growth of gram-negative bacteria, including important pathogens such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa. A high-resolution (1.75 Å) crystal structure of PabC from P. aeruginosa has been(More)
Metal ions often stabilize intermolecular contacts between macromolecules, thereby promoting crystallization. When interpreting a medium-resolution electron-density map of the catalytic domain of human sentrin-specific protease 1 (SENP1), a strong feature indicative of an ordered divalent cation was noted. This was assigned as Co(2+), an essential component(More)
The enzyme dihydropteroate synthase (DHPS) participates in the de novo synthesis of folate cofactors by catalyzing the formation of 7,8-dihydropteroate from condensation of p-aminobenzoic acid with 6-hydroxymethyl-7,8-dihydropteroate pyrophosphate. DHPS is absent from humans, who acquire folates from diet, and has been validated as an antimicrobial(More)
The bifunctional enzyme methylenetetrahydrofolate dehydrogenase - cyclohydrolase (FolD) is identified as a potential drug target in Gram-negative bacteria, in particular the troublesome Pseudomonas aeruginosa. In order to provide a comprehensive and realistic assessment of the potential of this target for drug discovery we generated a highly efficient(More)
The bifunctional N(5),N(10)-methylenetetrahydrofolate dehydrogenase/cyclohydrolase (DHCH or FolD), which is widely distributed in prokaryotes and eukaryotes, is involved in the biosynthesis of folate cofactors that are essential for growth and cellular development. The enzyme activities represent a potential antimicrobial drug target. We have characterized(More)
A potential cytosolic metallocarboxypeptidase from Burkholderia cenocepacia has been crystallized and a synchrotron-radiation microfocus beamline allowed the acquisition of diffraction data to 1.9 Å resolution. The asymmetric unit comprises a tetramer containing over 1500 amino acids, and the high-throughput automated protocols embedded in PDB_REDO were(More)