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New crystal forms of ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase from Rhodospirillum rubrum.

Three crystal forms of the dimeric form of the enzyme ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase from the photosynthetic bacterium Rhodospirillum rubrum have been obtained from the gene product expressed in Escherichia coli. Form A crystals formed from the quaternary complex comprising enzyme-activator carbamate-Mg2+-2'-carboxyarabinitol-1,5-bisphosphate are shown here to be devoid of ligands. In contrast, crystals of the quaternary complex formed with the hexadecameric L8S8 enzyme from spinach contain both the activator carbamate and 2'-carboxyarabinitol-1,5-bisphosphate. Form B crystals of the R. rubrum enzyme are monoclinic, space group P2(1) with cell dimensions a = 65.5 A, b = 70.6 A, c = 104.1 A and beta = 92.1 degrees, with two subunits per asymmetric unit. Rotation function calculations show a non-crystallographic 2-fold axis perpendicular to the monoclinic b-axis. Form C crystals are orthorhombic (space group P2(1)2(1)2(1)) with cell dimensions a = 79.4 A, b = 100.1 A and c = 131.0 A. The monoclinic crystal form diffracts to at least 2.0 A resolution on a conventional X-ray source.[1]


  1. New crystal forms of ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase from Rhodospirillum rubrum. Schneider, G., Brändén, C.I., Lorimer, G. J. Mol. Biol. (1986) [Pubmed]
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