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A construct consisting of residues 10-310 of BipD, a component of the Burkholderia pseudomallei type III secretion system (T3SS), has been overexpressed as a GST fusion, cleaved from the GST tag and purified. Crystals were grown of native and selenomethionine-labelled BipD. The crystals grow in two different polymorphs from the same condition. The first polymorph belongs to space group C222, with unit-cell parameters a = 103.98, b = 122.79, c = 49.17 A, a calculated Matthews coefficient of 2.4 A(3) Da(-1) (47% solvent content) and one molecule per asymmetric unit. The second polymorph belongs to space group P2(1)2(1)2, with unit-cell parameters a = 136.47, b = 89.84, c = 50.15 A, and a calculated Matthews coefficient of 2.3 A(3) Da(-1) (45% solvent content) for two molecules per asymmetric unit (analysis of the self-rotation function indicates the presence of a weak twofold non-crystallographic symmetry axis in this P2(1)2(1)2 form). The native crystals of both forms give diffraction data to 2.7 A resolution, while the SeMet-labelled P2(1)2(1)2 crystals diffract to 3.3 A resolution. A K(2)PtCl(4) derivative of the P2(1)2(1)2 form was also obtained and data were collected to 2.7 A with radiation of wavelength lambda = 0.933 A. The Pt-derivative anomalous difference Patterson map revealed two self-peaks on the Harker sections.

Original publication




Journal article


Acta Crystallogr Sect F Struct Biol Cryst Commun

Publication Date





861 - 864


Bacterial Proteins, Burkholderia pseudomallei, Crystallization, Crystallography, X-Ray, Gene Expression Regulation, Bacterial, Peptide Fragments, Virulence Factors