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Acta Crystallogr D Biol Crystallogr. 1999 Jan;55(Pt 1):329-31. Epub 1999 Jan 1.

Crystallization and preliminary crystallographic analysis of the pyruvate-ferredoxin oxidoreductase from Desulfovibrio africanus.

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  • 1Unité de Bioénergétique et Ingénierie des Protéines, CNRS, 31 Chemin Joseph Aiguier, F-13402 Marseille CEDEX 20, France.


For the first time, crystals of a pyruvate-ferredoxin oxidoreductase (PFOR) suitable for X-ray analysis have been obtained. This enzyme catalyzes, in anaerobic organisms, the crucial energy-yielding reaction of pyruvate decarboxylation to acetylCoA. Polyethylene glycol and divalent metal cations have been used to crystallize the PFOR from the sulfate-reducing bacterium Desulfovibrio africanus. Two different orthorhombic (P212121 ) crystal forms have been grown with unit-cell dimensions a = 86.1, b = 146.7, c = 212.5 A and a = 84.8, b = 144.9, c = 203.0 A. Both crystals diffract to 2.3 A resolution using synchrotron radiation.

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