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Acta crystallographica. Section F, Structural biology and crystallization communications

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of peptidyl-tRNA hydrolase from Thermus thermophilus HB8.


PMID 23519816

Abstract

Peptidyl-tRNA is produced from the ribosome as a result of aborted translation. Peptidyl-tRNA hydrolase cleaves the ester bond between the peptide and the tRNA of peptidyl-tRNA molecules, to recycle tRNA for further rounds of protein synthesis. In this study, peptidyl-tRNA hydrolase from Thermus thermophilus HB8 (TthPth) was crystallized using 2-methyl-2,4-pentanediol as a precipitant. The crystals belonged to the orthorhombic space group P2₁2₁2₁, with unit-cell parameters a=47.45, b=53.92, c=58.67 Å, and diffracted X-rays to atomic resolution (beyond 1.0 Å resolution). The asymmetric unit is expected to contain one TthPth molecule, with a solvent content of 27.13% (VM=1.69 Å3 Da(-1)). The structure is being solved by molecular replacement.