4EPF

The crystal structure of pesticin from Yersinia pestis


Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Method: X-RAY DIFFRACTION
  • Resolution: 2.09 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.247 
  • R-Value Work: 0.206 

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Literature

Structural engineering of a phage lysin that targets Gram-negative pathogens.

Lukacik, P.Barnard, T.J.Keller, P.W.Chaturvedi, K.S.Seddiki, N.Fairman, J.W.Noinaj, N.Kirby, T.L.Henderson, J.P.Steven, A.C.Hinnebusch, B.J.Buchanan, S.K.

(2012) Proc.Natl.Acad.Sci.USA 109: 9857-9862

  • DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1203472109
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  

  • PubMed Abstract: 
  • Bacterial pathogens are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. As an alternative therapeutic strategy, phage therapy reagents containing purified viral lysins have been developed against gram-positive organisms but not against gram-negative ...

    Bacterial pathogens are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. As an alternative therapeutic strategy, phage therapy reagents containing purified viral lysins have been developed against gram-positive organisms but not against gram-negative organisms due to the inability of these types of drugs to cross the bacterial outer membrane. We solved the crystal structures of a Yersinia pestis outer membrane transporter called FyuA and a bacterial toxin called pesticin that targets this transporter. FyuA is a β-barrel membrane protein belonging to the family of TonB dependent transporters, whereas pesticin is a soluble protein with two domains, one that binds to FyuA and another that is structurally similar to phage T4 lysozyme. The structure of pesticin allowed us to design a phage therapy reagent comprised of the FyuA binding domain of pesticin fused to the N-terminus of T4 lysozyme. This hybrid toxin kills specific Yersinia and pathogenic E. coli strains and, importantly, can evade the pesticin immunity protein (Pim) giving it a distinct advantage over pesticin. Furthermore, because FyuA is required for virulence and is more common in pathogenic bacteria, the hybrid toxin also has the advantage of targeting primarily disease-causing bacteria rather than indiscriminately eliminating natural gut flora.


    Organizational Affiliation

    Laboratory of Molecular Biology, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA.




Macromolecules

Find similar proteins by: Sequence  |  Structure

Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChainsSequence LengthOrganismDetails
Pesticin
A, B
361Yersinia pestisMutation(s): 0 
Gene Names: pst
Find proteins for Q57159 (Yersinia pestis)
Go to UniProtKB:  Q57159
Small Molecules
Modified Residues  1 Unique
IDChainsTypeFormula2D DiagramParent
MSE
Query on MSE
A, B
L-PEPTIDE LINKINGC5 H11 N O2 SeMET
Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Method: X-RAY DIFFRACTION
  • Resolution: 2.09 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.247 
  • R-Value Work: 0.206 
  • Space Group: P 1 21 1
Unit Cell:
Length (Å)Angle (°)
a = 36.498α = 90.00
b = 86.900β = 96.20
c = 122.226γ = 90.00
Software Package:
Software NamePurpose
REFMACrefinement
HKL-2000data reduction
HKL-2000data scaling
PHENIXmodel building
SERGUIdata collection
PHENIXphasing

Structure Validation

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Entry History 

Deposition Data

Revision History 

  • Version 1.0: 2012-06-20
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2012-07-04
    Type: Database references