The crystal structure of pesticin from Yersinia pestis

Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Resolution: 2.09 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.247 
  • R-Value Work: 0.206 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.208 

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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 U S A 109: 9857-9862

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1203472109
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  
    4EPA, 4EPF, 4EPI, 4EXM

  • 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 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.

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChains Sequence LengthOrganismDetailsImage
A, B
361Yersinia pestisMutation(s): 0 
Gene Names: pstYP_pPCP06YPPCP1.05c
Find proteins for Q57159 (Yersinia pestis)
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Go to UniProtKB:  Q57159
Entity Groups  
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UniProt GroupQ57159
Sequence Annotations
  • Reference Sequence
Small Molecules
Modified Residues  1 Unique
IDChains TypeFormula2D DiagramParent
Query on MSE
A, B
Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Resolution: 2.09 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.247 
  • R-Value Work: 0.206 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.208 
  • Space Group: P 1 21 1
Unit Cell:
Length ( Å )Angle ( ˚ )
a = 36.498α = 90
b = 86.9β = 96.2
c = 122.226γ = 90
Software Package:
Software NamePurpose
SERGUIdata collection
PHENIXmodel building
HKL-2000data reduction
HKL-2000data scaling

Structure Validation

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Entry History 

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