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Acta Crystallogr D Biol Crystallogr. 2003 Jan;59(Pt 1):185-7. Epub 2002 Dec 19.

Crystallization and preliminary crystallographic analysis of T7 RNA polymerase elongation complex.

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  • 1Morse Institute of Molecular Genetics, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, 450 Clarkson Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11203-2098, USA.


Stable transcription-elongation complexes consisting of T7 RNA polymerase (molecular mass 99 kDa) in association with a nucleic acid scaffold consisting of an 8 bp RNA-DNA hybrid and 10 bp of downstream DNA were assembled and crystallized by the sitting-drop vapour-diffusion technique under near-physiological conditions. The crystals diffract beyond 2.6 A resolution and belong to space group P1, with unit-cell parameters a = 79.91, b = 84.97, c = 202 A, alpha = 90.36, beta = 92.97, gamma = 109.94 degrees. An unambiguous molecular-replacement solution was found using the C-terminal portion of the T7 RNA polymerase structure from the early initiation complex as a search model. Model building and structure refinement are now in progress.

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