Native YndL

Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Resolution: 1.03 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.189 
  • R-Value Work: 0.173 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.174 

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Re-refinement Note

This entry reflects an alternative modeling of the original data in: 5onk


The structure of PghL hydrolase bound to its substrate poly-gamma-glutamate.

Ramaswamy, S.Rasheed, M.Morelli, C.F.Calvio, C.Sutton, B.J.Pastore, A.

(2018) FEBS J 285: 4575-4589

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/febs.14688
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  
    5ONJ, 5ONK, 5ONL, 6HRI, 6HRJ

  • PubMed Abstract: 

    The identification of new strategies to fight bacterial infections in view of the spread of multiple resistance to antibiotics has become mandatory. It has been demonstrated that several bacteria develop poly-γ-glutamic acid (γ-PGA) capsules as a protection from external insults and/or host defence systems. Among the pathogens that shield themselves in these capsules are Bacillus anthracis, Francisella tularensis and several Staphylococcus strains. These are important pathogens with a profound influence on human health. The recently characterised γ-PGA hydrolases, which can dismantle the γ-PGA-capsules, are an attractive new direction that can offer real hope for the development of alternatives to antibiotics, particularly in cases of multidrug resistant bacteria. We have characterised in detail the cleaving mechanism and stereospecificity of the enzyme PghL (previously named YndL) from Bacillus subtilis encoded by a gene of phagic origin and dramatically efficient in degrading the long polymeric chains of γ-PGA. We used X-ray crystallography to solve the three-dimensional structures of the enzyme in its zinc-free, zinc-bound and complexed forms. The protein crystallised with a γ-PGA hexapeptide substrate and thus reveals details of the interaction which could explain the stereospecificity observed and give hints on the catalytic mechanism of this class of hydrolytic enzymes.

  • Organizational Affiliation

    The Wohl Institute, King's College London, UK.

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChains Sequence LengthOrganismDetailsImage
YndL210Bacillus subtilisMutation(s): 0 
Gene Names: B4417_0239
Find proteins for O31815 (Bacillus subtilis (strain 168))
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Go to UniProtKB:  O31815
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UniProt GroupO31815
Sequence Annotations
  • Reference Sequence
Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Resolution: 1.03 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.189 
  • R-Value Work: 0.173 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.174 
  • Space Group: P 21 21 21
Unit Cell:
Length ( Å )Angle ( ˚ )
a = 38.67α = 90
b = 46.86β = 90
c = 100.07γ = 90
Software Package:
Software NamePurpose
Aimlessdata scaling
MOSFLMdata reduction

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Entry History 

Deposition Data

Revision History  (Full details and data files)

  • Version 1.0: 2018-10-10
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2019-03-13
    Changes: Data collection, Database references