Crystals of cyclomaltodextrin glucanotransferase from Bacillus circulans (EC 126.96.36.199) suitable for high-resolution X-ray analysis were obtained by vapor diffusion against 60% ( v v) 2-methyl 2,4-pentanediol buffered with 100 mm-sodium Hepes, pH 7.55. The crystals have P212121 space group symmetry, with a = 120.4 A ̊, b = 110.9 A ̊ and c = 66.4 A ̊, and contain one molecule of 68,000 in the asymmetric unit. Growth of single enzyme crystals was found to require the presence of either α-cyclodextrin, β-cyclodextrin, γ-cyclodextrin, or maltose in high molar excess, a requirement that could not be fulfilled by glucose, the basic building block of these compounds. Although the exact role of cyclic and linear maltodextrins in enzyme crystallization is not yet known, we have preliminary evidence that these compounds are degraded by the enzyme in the crystallization droplet.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Structural Biology
- Molecular Biology