Crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of dihydrodipicolinate synthase fromClostridium botulinumin the presence of its substrate pyruvate Academic Article uri icon


  • In this paper, the crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis to near-atomic resolution of DHDPS from Clostridium botulinum crystallized in the presence of its substrate pyruvate are presented. The enzyme crystallized in a number of forms using a variety of PEG precipitants, with the best crystal diffracting to 1.2 A resolution and belonging to space group C2, in contrast to the unbound form, which had trigonal symmetry. The unit-cell parameters were a = 143.4, b = 54.8, c = 94.3 A, beta = 126.3 degrees . The crystal volume per protein weight (V(M)) was 2.3 A(3) Da(-1) (based on the presence of two monomers in the asymmetric unit), with an estimated solvent content of 46%. The high-resolution structure of the pyruvate-bound form of C. botulinum DHDPS will provide insight into the function and stability of this essential bacterial enzyme.


  • Atkinson, Sarah C
  • Dobson, Renwick CJ
  • Newman, Janet M
  • Gorman, Michael A
  • Dogovski, Con
  • Parker, Michael W
  • Perugini, Matthew A

publication date

  • March 1, 2009