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Brunger A.T.,Stanford University | Brunger A.T.,Howard Hughes Medical Institute | Das D.,Joint Center for Structural Genomics | Das D.,SLAC | And 9 more authors.
Acta Crystallographica Section D: Biological Crystallography | Year: 2012

Phasing by molecular replacement remains difficult for targets that are far from the search model or in situations where the crystal diffracts only weakly or to low resolution. Here, the process of determining and refining the structure of Cgl1109, a putative succinyl-diaminopimelate desuccinylase from Corynebacterium glutamicum, at 3 Å resolution is described using a combination of homology modeling with MODELLER, molecular-replacement phasing with Phaser, deformable elastic network (DEN) refinement and automated model building using AutoBuild in a semi-automated fashion, followed by final refinement cycles with phenix.refine and Coot. This difficult molecular-replacement case illustrates the power of including DEN restraints derived from a starting model to guide the movements of the model during refinement. The resulting improved model phases provide better starting points for automated model building and produce more significant difference peaks in anomalous difference Fourier maps to locate anomalous scatterers than does standard refinement. This example also illustrates a current limitation of automated procedures that require manual adjustment of local sequence misalignments between the homology model and the target sequence. © International Union of Crystallography 2012.

Kong L.,Scripps Research Institute | Kong L.,ImmunoGen | Kong L.,International Vaccine Initiative Neutralizing Antibody Center and Collaboration for Vaccine Discovery | Torrents De La Pena A.,University of Amsterdam | And 16 more authors.
Acta Crystallographica Section D: Biological Crystallography | Year: 2015

The HIV-1 envelope gp160 glycoprotein (Env) is a trimer of gp120 and gp41 heterodimers that mediates cell entry and is the primary target of the humoral immune response. Broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) to HIV-1 have revealed multiple epitopes or sites of vulnerability, but mapping of most of these sites is incomplete owing to a paucity of structural information on the full epitope in the context of the Env trimer. Here, a crystal structure of the soluble BG505 SOSIP gp140 trimer at 4.6Å resolution with the bNAbs 8ANC195 and PGT128 reveals additional interactions in comparison to previous antibody-gp120 structures. For 8ANC195, in addition to previously documented interactions with gp120, a substantial interface with gp41 is now elucidated that includes extensive interactions with the N637 glycan. Surprisingly, removal of the N637 glycan did not impact 8ANC195 affinity, suggesting that the antibody has evolved to accommodate this glycan without loss of binding energy. PGT128 indirectly affects the N262 glycan by a domino effect, in which PGT128 binds to the N301 glycan, which in turn interacts with and repositions the N262 glycan, thereby illustrating the important role of neighboring glycans on epitope conformation and stability. Comparisons with other Env trimer and gp120 structures support an induced conformation for glycan N262, suggesting that the glycan shield is allosterically modified upon PGT128 binding. These complete epitopes of two broadly neutralizing antibodies on the Env trimer can now be exploited for HIV-1 vaccine design. © 2015 International Union of Crystallography.

Echols N.,Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Morshed N.,Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Afonine P.V.,Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | McCoy A.J.,University of Cambridge | And 6 more authors.
Acta Crystallographica Section D: Biological Crystallography | Year: 2014

Many macromolecular model-building and refinement programs can automatically place solvent atoms in electron density at moderate-to-high resolution. This process frequently builds water molecules in place of elemental ions, the identification of which must be performed manually. The solvent-picking algorithms in phenix.refine have been extended to build common ions based on an analysis of the chemical environment as well as physical properties such as occupancy, B factor and anomalous scattering. The method is most effective for heavier elements such as calcium and zinc, for which a majority of sites can be placed with few false positives in a diverse test set of structures. At atomic resolution, it is observed that it can also be possible to identify tightly bound sodium and magnesium ions. A number of challenges that contribute to the difficulty of completely automating the process of structure completion are discussed. © 2014 International Union of Crystallography.

Childers W.S.,Stanford University | Xu Q.,SLAC | Xu Q.,Joint Center for Structural Genomics | Mann T.H.,Stanford University | And 6 more authors.
PLoS Biology | Year: 2014

One of the simplest organisms to divide asymmetrically is the bacterium Caulobacter crescentus. The DivL pseudo-histidine kinase, positioned at one cell pole, regulates cell-fate by controlling the activation of the global transcription factor CtrA via an interaction with the response regulator (RR) DivK. DivL uniquely contains a tyrosine at the histidine phosphorylation site, and can achieve these regulatory functions in vivo without kinase activity. Determination of the DivL crystal structure and biochemical analysis of wild-type and site-specific DivL mutants revealed that the DivL PAS domains regulate binding specificity for DivK∼P over DivK, which is modulated by an allosteric intramolecular interaction between adjacent domains. We discovered that DivL's catalytic domains have been repurposed as a phosphospecific RR input sensor, thereby reversing the flow of information observed in conventional histidine kinase (HK)-RR systems and coupling a complex network of signaling proteins for cell-fate regulation. © 2014 Childers et al.

Venable J.D.,Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation | Okach L.,Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation | Okach L.,Joint Center for Structural Genomics | Agarwalla S.,Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation | Brock A.,Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation
Analytical Chemistry | Year: 2012

Amide hydrogen/deuterium exchange is a commonly used technique for studying the dynamics of proteins and their interactions with other proteins or ligands. When coupled with liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry, hydrogen/deuterium exchange provides several unique advantages over other structural characterization techniques including very high sensitivity, the ability to analyze proteins in complex environments, and a large mass range. A fundamental limitation of the technique arises from the loss of the deuterium label (back-exchange) during the course of the analysis. A method to limit loss of the label during the separation stage of the analysis using subzero temperature reversed-phase chromatography is presented. The approach is facilitated by the use of buffer modifiers that prevent freezing. We evaluated ethylene glycol, dimethyl formamide, formamide, and methanol for their freezing point suppression capabilities, effects on peptide retention, and their compatibilities with electrospray ionization. Ethylene glycol was used extensively because of its good electrospray ionization compatibility; however, formamide has potential to be a superior modifier if detrimental effects on ionization can be overcome. It is demonstrated using suitable buffer modifiers that separations can be performed at temperatures as low as -30 °C with negligible loss of the deuterium label, even during long chromatographic separations. The reduction in back-exchange is shown to increase the dynamic range of hydrogen/deuterium exchange mass spectrometry in terms of mixture complexity and the magnitude with which changes in deuteration level can be quantified. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

Deller M.C.,Joint Center for Structural Genomics | Deller M.C.,Scripps Research Institute | Rupp B.,k. k. Hofkristallamt 991 Audrey Place | Rupp B.,Innsbruck Medical University
Journal of Computer-Aided Molecular Design | Year: 2015

X-ray crystallography provides the most accurate models of protein-ligand structures. These models serve as the foundation of many computational methods including structure prediction, molecular modelling, and structure-based drug design. The success of these computational methods ultimately depends on the quality of the underlying protein-ligand models. X-ray crystallography offers the unparalleled advantage of a clear mathematical formalism relating the experimental data to the protein-ligand model. In the case of X-ray crystallography, the primary experimental evidence is the electron density of the molecules forming the crystal. The first step in the generation of an accurate and precise crystallographic model is the interpretation of the electron density of the crystal, typically carried out by construction of an atomic model. The atomic model must then be validated for fit to the experimental electron density and also for agreement with prior expectations of stereochemistry. Stringent validation of protein-ligand models has become possible as a result of the mandatory deposition of primary diffraction data, and many computational tools are now available to aid in the validation process. Validation of protein-ligand complexes has revealed some instances of overenthusiastic interpretation of ligand density. Fundamental concepts and metrics of protein-ligand quality validation are discussed and we highlight software tools to assist in this process. It is essential that end users select high quality protein-ligand models for their computational and biological studies, and we provide an overview of how this can be achieved. © 2015 Springer International Publishing Switzerland.

Jahandideh S.,Sanford Burnham Institute for Medical Research | Jahandideh S.,Joint Center for Structural Genomics | Jaroszewski L.,Sanford Burnham Institute for Medical Research | Jaroszewski L.,Joint Center for Structural Genomics | And 4 more authors.
Acta Crystallographica Section D: Biological Crystallography | Year: 2014

Obtaining diffraction quality crystals remains one of the major bottlenecks in structural biology. The ability to predict the chances of crystallization from the amino-acid sequence of the protein can, at least partly, address this problem by allowing a crystallographer to select homologs that are more likely to succeed and/or to modify the sequence of the target to avoid features that are detrimental to successful crystallization. In 2007, the now widely used XtalPred algorithm [Slabinski et al. (2007), Protein Sci. 16, 2472-2482] was developed. XtalPred classifies proteins into five 'crystallization classes' based on a simple statistical analysis of the physicochemical features of a protein. Here, towards the same goal, advanced machine-learning methods are applied and, in addition, the predictive potential of additional protein features such as predicted surface ruggedness, hydrophobicity, side-chain entropy of surface residues and amino-acid composition of the predicted protein surface are tested. The new XtalPred-RF (random forest) achieves significant improvement of the prediction of crystallization success over the original XtalPred. To illustrate this, XtalPred-RF was tested by revisiting target selection from 271 Pfam families targeted by the Joint Center for Structural Genomics (JCSG) in PSI-2, and it was estimated that the number of targets entered into the protein-production and crystallization pipeline could have been reduced by 30% without lowering the number of families for which the first structures were solved. The prediction improvement depends on the subset of targets used as a testing set and reaches 100% (i.e. twofold) for the top class of predicted targets. © 2014 International Union of Crystallography.

Wuthrich K.,Scripps Research Institute | Wuthrich K.,Joint Center for Structural Genomics
Acta Crystallographica Section F: Structural Biology and Crystallization Communications | Year: 2010

An introduction is provided to three papers which compare corresponding protein crystal and NMR solution structures determined by the Joint Center for Structural Genomics (JCSG). Special mention is made of the JCSG strategy for combined use of the two techniques, and of potential applications of the concept of 'reference crystal structures', which is introduced in the following three papers.

Serrano P.,Joint Center for Structural Genomics | Geralt M.,Joint Center for Structural Genomics | Mohanty B.,Joint Center for Structural Genomics | Mohanty B.,Scripps Research Institute | And 2 more authors.
Protein Science | Year: 2013

The domain of unknown function (DUF) YP001302112.1, a protein secreted by the human intestinal microbita, has been determined by NMR and represents the first structure for the Pfam PF14466. Its NMR structure is classified as a new fold, which, nonetheless, shows limited similarities with representatives of the PLAT/LH2 domains from PF01477 and the C2 domains from PF00168, both of which bind Ca21 for their physiological functions. Further experiments revealed affinity of YP001302112.1 for Ca21, and the NMR structure in the presence of CaCl2 was better defined than that of the apo-protein. Overall, these NMR structures establish a new connection between structural representatives from two widely different Pfams that include the calcium-binding domain of a sialidase from Vibrio cholerae and the a-toxin from Clostridium perfrigens, whereby these two proteins have only 7% sequence identity. Furthermore, it provides information toward the functional annotation of YP001302112.1, based on its capacity to bind Ca21, and thus adds to the structural and functional coverage of the protein sequence universe. © 2013 The Protein Society.

PubMed | Joint Center for Structural Genomics and Scripps Research Institute
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Acta crystallographica. Section D, Structural biology | Year: 2016

RNA-binding protein 39 (RBM39) is a splicing factor and a transcriptional co-activator of estrogen receptors and Jun/AP-1, and its function has been associated with malignant progression in a number of cancers. The C-terminal RRM domain of RBM39 belongs to the U2AF homology motif family (UHM), which mediate protein-protein interactions through a short tryptophan-containing peptide known as the UHM-ligand motif (ULM). Here, crystal and solution NMR structures of the RBM39-UHM domain, and the crystal structure of its complex with U2AF65-ULM, are reported. The RBM39-U2AF65 interaction was confirmed by co-immunoprecipitation from human cell extracts, by isothermal titration calorimetry and by NMR chemical shift perturbation experiments with the purified proteins. When compared with related complexes, such as U2AF35-U2AF65 and RBM39-SF3b155, the RBM39-UHM-U2AF65-ULM complex reveals both common and discriminating recognition elements in the UHM-ULM binding interface, providing a rationale for the known specificity of UHM-ULM interactions. This study therefore establishes a structural basis for specific UHM-ULM interactions by splicing factors such as U2AF35, U2AF65, RBM39 and SF3b155, and a platform for continued studies of intermolecular interactions governing disease-related alternative splicing in eukaryotic cells.

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