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Crystallization and Preliminary X-Ray Analysis of the Splice Variant of Human Ankyrin Repeat and Suppressor of Cytokine Signaling Box Protein 9 (hASB9-2)

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Human ankyrin repeat and suppressor of cytokine signaling box protein 9 (hASB9), a subunit of an Elongin Ccullin- SOCS box (ECS) E3 ubiquitin ligase complex, is believed to be involved in specific substrate-recognition for ubiquitination and degradation. In fact, this specific substrate-recognition is determined by the ankyrin repeats of hASB9 protein. Here, we have cloned and overexpressed the hASB9-2, the splice variant of hASB9 with only one ankyrin repeat domain, as a 6His-tagged recombinant protein in Escherichia coli. The purified hASB9-2 protein was crystallized by the hanging-drop vapor-diffusion technique and diffracted to 2.2Å resolution. The data showed that the cubic hASB9-2 crystal belongs to space group P4332 with unit-cell parameters (a=b=c=129.25Å, α=β=γ=90°). An asymmetric unit in the crystal was assumed to contain one protein molecule giving the Matthews Coefficient factor of 2.81 and the solvent content of 56.3%.

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Keywords: ankyrin repeat; crystallization; hASB9; hASB9-2; preliminary X-ray analysis

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 March 2009

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