1.A preliminary crystallographic study of recombinant NicX, an Fe(2+)-dependent 2,5-dihydroxypyridine dioxygenase from Pseudomonas putida KT2440.
Jiménez JI1, Acebrón I, García JL, Díaz E, Mancheño JM. Acta Crystallogr Sect F Struct Biol Cryst Commun. 2010 May 1;66(Pt 5):549-53. doi: 10.1107/S174430911001119X. Epub 2010 Apr 29.
NicX from Pseudomonas putida KT2440 is an Fe(2+)-dependent dioxygenase that is involved in the aerobic degradation of nicotinic acid. The enzyme converts 2,5-dihydroxypyridine to N-formylmaleamic acid when overexpressed in Escherichia coli. Biophysical characterization of NicX by analytical gel-filtration chromatography revealed that it behaves as an oligomeric assembly in solution, with an apparent molecular weight that is consistent with a hexameric species. NicX was crystallized by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method at 291 K. Diffraction data were collected to a resolution of 2.0 A at the ESRF. The crystals most probably belong to the orthorhombic space group C222 or C222(1). The estimated Matthews coefficient was 2.4 A(3) Da(-1), corresponding to 50% solvent content, which is consistent with the presence of three protein molecules in the asymmetric unit. Analysis of the crystal data together with chromatographic results supports NicX being a hexameric assembly composed of two cyclic trimers.