Crystal structure of Magnetospirillum gryphiswaldense MSR-1 Apo-Fur

Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Resolution: 1.55 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.208 
  • R-Value Work: 0.183 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.185 

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Mechanistic insights into metal ion activation and operator recognition by the ferric uptake regulator.

Deng, Z.Wang, Q.Liu, Z.Zhang, M.Machado, A.C.Chiu, T.P.Feng, C.Zhang, Q.Yu, L.Qi, L.Zheng, J.Wang, X.Huo, X.Qi, X.Li, X.Wu, W.Rohs, R.Li, Y.Chen, Z.

(null) Nat Commun 6: 7642-7642

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms8642
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  
    4RAY, 4RAZ, 4RB0, 4RB1, 4RB2, 4RB3

  • PubMed Abstract: 

    Ferric uptake regulator (Fur) plays a key role in the iron homeostasis of prokaryotes, such as bacterial pathogens, but the molecular mechanisms and structural basis of Fur-DNA binding remain incompletely understood. Here, we report high-resolution structures of Magnetospirillum gryphiswaldense MSR-1 Fur in four different states: apo-Fur, holo-Fur, the Fur-feoAB1 operator complex and the Fur-Pseudomonas aeruginosa Fur box complex. Apo-Fur is a transition metal ion-independent dimer whose binding induces profound conformational changes and confers DNA-binding ability. Structural characterization, mutagenesis, biochemistry and in vivo data reveal that Fur recognizes DNA by using a combination of base readout through direct contacts in the major groove and shape readout through recognition of the minor-groove electrostatic potential by lysine. The resulting conformational plasticity enables Fur binding to diverse substrates. Our results provide insights into metal ion activation and substrate recognition by Fur that suggest pathways to engineer magnetotactic bacteria and antipathogenic drugs.

  • Organizational Affiliation

    State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193, China.

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChains Sequence LengthOrganismDetailsImage
DNA-binding transcriptional dual regulator of siderophore biosynthesis and transport(Fur family)
A, B
145Magnetospirillum gryphiswaldense MSR-1 v2Mutation(s): 0 
Gene Names: FurMGMSRv2_3137
Find proteins for V6F4Q0 (Magnetospirillum gryphiswaldense (strain DSM 6361 / JCM 21280 / NBRC 15271 / MSR-1))
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Go to UniProtKB:  V6F4Q0
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UniProt GroupV6F4Q0
Sequence Annotations
  • Reference Sequence
Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Resolution: 1.55 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.208 
  • R-Value Work: 0.183 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.185 
  • Space Group: C 1 2 1
Unit Cell:
Length ( Å )Angle ( ˚ )
a = 69.192α = 90
b = 78.151β = 108.47
c = 66.316γ = 90
Software Package:
Software NamePurpose
APEXdata collection
HKL-2000data reduction
HKL-2000data scaling

Structure Validation

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Entry History 

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Revision History  (Full details and data files)

  • Version 1.0: 2015-07-15
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2024-02-28
    Changes: Data collection, Database references, Derived calculations