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4GBR: N-terminal T4 Lysozyme Fusion Facilitates Crystallization Of A G Protein Coupled Receptor
PLoS ONE (2012) 7 p.E46039
A highly crystallizable T4 lysozyme (T4L) was fused to the N-terminus of the beta(2) adrenergic receptor (beta(2)AR), a G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) for catecholamines. We demonstrate that the N-terminal fused T4L is sufficiently rigid relative to the receptor to facilitate crystallogenesis without thermostabilizing mutations or the use of a stabilizing antibody, G protein, or protein fused to the 3rd intracellular loop. This approach adds to the protein engineering strategies that enable crystallographic studies of GPCRs alone or in complex with a signaling partner.