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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1999 Nov 9;96(23):13074-9.

Crystal structure of Bacillus subtilis YabJ, a purine regulatory protein and member of the highly conserved YjgF family.

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Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA.


The yabJ gene in Bacillus subtilis is required for adenine-mediated repression of purine biosynthetic genes in vivo and codes for an acid-soluble, 14-kDa protein. The molecular mechanism of YabJ is unknown. YabJ is a member of a large, widely distributed family of proteins of unknown biochemical function. The 1.7-A crystal structure of YabJ reveals a trimeric organization with extensive buried hydrophobic surface and an internal water-filled cavity. The most important finding in the structure is a deep, narrow cleft between subunits lined with nine side chains that are invariant among the 25 most similar homologs. This conserved site is proposed to be a binding or catalytic site for a ligand or substrate that is common to YabJ and other members of the YER057c/YjgF/UK114 family of proteins.

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