Crystal structure of a C-terminal part of tyrosine kinase (DivL) from Caulobacter crescentus CB15 at 2.50 A resolution (PSI Community Target, Shapiro)

Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Resolution: 2.50 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.232 
  • R-Value Work: 0.202 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.203 

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Cell fate regulation governed by a repurposed bacterial histidine kinase.

Childers, W.S.Xu, Q.Mann, T.H.Mathews, I.I.Blair, J.A.Deacon, A.M.Shapiro, L.

(2014) PLoS Biol 12: e1001979-e1001979

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.1001979
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  

  • PubMed Abstract: 

    One of the simplest organisms to divide asymmetrically is the bacterium Caulobacter crescentus. The DivL pseudo-histidine kinase, positioned at one cell pole, regulates cell-fate by controlling the activation of the global transcription factor CtrA via an interaction with the response regulator (RR) DivK. DivL uniquely contains a tyrosine at the histidine phosphorylation site, and can achieve these regulatory functions in vivo without kinase activity. Determination of the DivL crystal structure and biochemical analysis of wild-type and site-specific DivL mutants revealed that the DivL PAS domains regulate binding specificity for DivK∼P over DivK, which is modulated by an allosteric intramolecular interaction between adjacent domains. We discovered that DivL's catalytic domains have been repurposed as a phosphospecific RR input sensor, thereby reversing the flow of information observed in conventional histidine kinase (HK)-RR systems and coupling a complex network of signaling proteins for cell-fate regulation.

  • Organizational Affiliation

    Department of Developmental Biology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, United States of America.

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChains Sequence LengthOrganismDetailsImage
Sensor protein DivL
A, B
268Caulobacter vibrioides CB15Mutation(s): 0 
Gene Names: divLCC_3484
Find proteins for Q9RQQ9 (Caulobacter vibrioides (strain ATCC 19089 / CB15))
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Go to UniProtKB:  Q9RQQ9
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UniProt GroupQ9RQQ9
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  • Reference Sequence
Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

Unit Cell:
Length ( Å )Angle ( ˚ )
a = 69.53α = 90
b = 69.53β = 90
c = 194.42γ = 120
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  • Version 1.0: 2014-04-23
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2015-03-18
    Changes: Database references
  • Version 1.2: 2017-11-22
    Changes: Refinement description
  • Version 1.3: 2024-02-28
    Changes: Data collection, Database references