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New concepts and aids to facilitate crystallization


Bukowska, Magdalena A; Grütter, Markus G (2013). New concepts and aids to facilitate crystallization. Current Opinion in Structural Biology, 23(3):409-416.

Abstract

Novel tools and technologies are required to obtain structural information of difficult to crystallize complex biological systems such as membrane proteins, multiprotein assemblies, transient conformational states and intrinsically disordered proteins. One promising approach is to select a high affinity and specificity-binding partner (crystallization chaperone), form a complex with the protein of interest and crystallize the complex. Often the chaperone reduces the conformational freedom of the target protein and additionally facilitates the formation of well-ordered crystals. This review provides an update on the recent successes in chaperone-assisted crystallography. We also stress the importance of synergistic approaches involving protein engineering, crystallization chaperones and crystallization additives. Recent examples demonstrate that investment in such approaches can be key to success.

Abstract

Novel tools and technologies are required to obtain structural information of difficult to crystallize complex biological systems such as membrane proteins, multiprotein assemblies, transient conformational states and intrinsically disordered proteins. One promising approach is to select a high affinity and specificity-binding partner (crystallization chaperone), form a complex with the protein of interest and crystallize the complex. Often the chaperone reduces the conformational freedom of the target protein and additionally facilitates the formation of well-ordered crystals. This review provides an update on the recent successes in chaperone-assisted crystallography. We also stress the importance of synergistic approaches involving protein engineering, crystallization chaperones and crystallization additives. Recent examples demonstrate that investment in such approaches can be key to success.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Biochemistry
07 Faculty of Science > Department of Biochemistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:09 Aug 2013 06:32
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:53
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0959-440X
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbi.2013.03.003
PubMed ID:23578532

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