Crystal structure of an endochitinase from Hordeum vulgare L. seeds.

  title={Crystal structure of an endochitinase from Hordeum vulgare L. seeds.},
  author={P John Hart and Arthur F. Monzingo and Mark Ready and Stephen R. Ernst and Jon D. Robertus},
  journal={Journal of molecular biology},
  volume={229 1},
Higher plants contain multiple constitutively expressed proteins for defense against infection by viruses, bacteria, and fungi. One such class of proteins, the chitinases, are effective antifungal agents because they hydrolyze the insoluble beta-1,4-linked polymer of N-acetylglucosamine (chitin), which is the major component of the mycelial cell wall of many fungi. We report here the three-dimensional, 2.8 A, crystal structure of a 26 kDa endochitinase from barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) seeds… CONTINUE READING

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