Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction studies of glycerol 3-phosphate cytidylyltransferase fromStaphylococcus aureus
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Glycerol 3-phosphate cytidylyltransferase from Staphylococcus aureus (TarD(Sa)) has been expressed in Escherichia coli, purified to homogeneity and crystallized. The strategy used for determining crystallization conditions employed hanging-drop sparse-matrix screens and required a combination of three different optimization approaches. Specifically, the presence or absence of cofactors needed to be surveyed, the effects of small-molecule additives required exploration and the rate of vapour-diffusion had to be varied in order to obtain crystals of TarD(Sa) suitable for diffraction studies. Crystals thus obtained belong to the space group P3(1)21, with unit-cell parameters a = b = 92.2, c = 156.1 A, and contain four TarD(Sa) molecules per asymmetric unit. The resolution limit observed for these crystals using synchrotron radiation is 3.0 A.
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