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Acta Crystallogr D Biol Crystallogr. 1999 Dec;55(Pt 12):2043-6.

Overexpression, purification, crystallization and preliminary structural study of dTDP-6-deoxy-L-lyxo-4-hexulose reductase (RmlD), the fourth enzyme of the dTDP-L-rhamnose synthesis pathway, from Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium.

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Centre for Biomolecular Sciences, The University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9ST, Scotland.


L-Rhamnose is an essential component of the cell wall of many pathogenic bacteria. Its precursor, dTDP-L-rhamnose, is synthesized from alpha-D-glucose-1-phosphate and dTTP via a pathway requiring four distinct enzymes: RmlA, RmlB, RmlC and RmlD. RmlD catalyses the terminal step of this pathway by converting dTDP-6-deoxy-L-lyxo-4-hexulose to dTDP-L-rhamnose. RmlD from -Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium has been overexpressed in Escherichia coli. The recombinant protein was purified by a two--step protocol involving anion-exchange and hydrophobic chromatography. Dynamic light-scattering experiments indicated that the recombinant protein is monodisperse. Crystals of native and selenomethionine-enriched RmlD have been obtained using the sitting-drop vapour-diffusion method with polyethylene glycol as precipitant. Diffraction data have been collected from orthorhombic crystals of both native and selenomethionyl-derivatized protein, allowing tracing of the protein structure.

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