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Acta Crystallogr D Biol Crystallogr. 2001 Apr;57(Pt 4):582-5.

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of dmpFG-encoded 4-hydroxy-2-ketovalerate aldolase--aldehyde dehydrogenase (acylating) from Pseudomonas sp. strain CF600.

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  • 1Department of Physics, Government Science College, Bangalore 560 012, India.


The final two steps of the meta-cleavage pathway for catechol degradation in Pseudomonas sp. strain CF600 involve the conversion of 4-hydroxy-2-ketovalerate to pyruvate and acetyl coenzyme A by the enzymes 4-hydroxy-2-ketovalerate aldolase and NAD(+)-dependent acylating aldehyde dehydrogenase. Biochemical studies indicate that these two enzymes comprise a bifunctional heterodimer (DmpFG, molecular mass 71 kDa) and suggest that the product of the aldolase reaction is transferred to the dehydrogenase active site via a channeling mechanism. Crystals of the DmpFG complex grow in multiple fan-like clusters of thin plates by the hanging-drop method and are improved by streak-seeding. The crystals belong to the orthorhombic space group P2(1)2(1)2(1), with unit-cell parameters a = 102.0, b = 140.7, c = 191.3 A, and diffract to 2.1 A resolution. The asymmetric unit contains four DmpFG heterodimers. Heavy-atom derivative screening identified three isomorphous derivatives.

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