The methylenetetrahydrofolate dehydrogenase/cyclohydrolase (MTHFDC) from the thermoacidophilic archaeon Thermoplasma acidophilum is a 30.6 kDa molecular-mass enzyme that sequentially catalyzes the conversion of formyltetrahydrofolate to methylenetetrahydrofolate, with a preference for NADP as a cofactor, rather than NAD. In order to elucidate the functional and structural features of MTHFDC from archaeons at a molecular level, it was overexpressed in Escherichia coli and crystallized in the presence of its cofactor, NADP, at 295 K using polyethylene glycol (PEG) 4000 as a precipitant. The crystal is a member of the monoclinic space group P211, with the following unit cell parameters: a=66.333 Å, b=52.868 Å, c=86.099 Å, and β=97.570°, and diffracts to a resolution of at least 2.40 Å at the synchrotron. Assuming a dimer in the crystallographic asymmetric unit, the calculated Matthews parameter (VM) was 2.44 Å3/Da and the solvent content was 49.7%.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of microbiology and biotechnology|
|Publication status||Published - 2008 Feb 28|
- Thermoplasma acidophilum
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology