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5GOI: Lys48-linked Di-ubiquitin
J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2016) 138 p.14497-14502
Racemic or quasi-racemic crystallography recently emerges as a useful technology for solution of the crystal structures of biomacromolecules. It remains unclear to what extent the biomacromolecules of opposite handedness can differ from each other in racemic or quasi-racemic crystallography. Here we report a finding that monomeric d-ubiquitin (Ub) has propensity to cocrystallize with different dimers, trimers, and even a tetramer of l-Ub. In these cocrystals the unconnected monomeric d-Ubs can self-assemble to form pseudomirror images of different oligomers of l-Ub. This monomer/oligomer cocrystallization phenomenon expands the concept of racemic crystallography. Using the monomer/oligomer cocrystallization technology we obtained, for the first time the X-ray structures of linear M1-linked tri- and tetra-Ubs and a K11/K63-branched tri-Ub.