Expression, purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis ofPseudomonas fluorescensAlgK
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AlgK is an outer-membrane lipoprotein involved in the biosynthesis of alginate in Pseudomonads and Azotobacter vinelandii. A recombinant form of Pseudomonas fluorescens AlgK with a C-terminal polyhistidine affinity tag has been expressed and purified from the periplasm of Escherichia coli cells and diffraction-quality crystals of AlgK have been grown using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method. The crystals grow as flat plates with unit-cell parameters a = 79.09, b = 107.85, c = 119.15 A, beta = 96.97 degrees. The crystals exhibit the symmetry of space group P2(1) and diffract to a minimum d-spacing of 2.5 A at Station X29 of the National Synchrotron Light Source, Brookhaven National Laboratory. On the basis of the Matthews coefficient (V(M) = 2.53 A3 Da(-1)), four protein molecules are estimated to be present in the asymmetric unit.
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