Crystallization and preliminary X‐ray crystallographic analysis of l‐rhamnose isomerase with a novel high thermostability from Bacillus halodurans
l‐Rhamnose isomerases catalyze isomerization between l‐rhamnose (6‐deoxy‐l‐mannose) and l‐rhamnulose (6‐deoxy‐l‐fructose), which is the first step in rhamnose catabolism. l‐Rhamnose isomerase from Bacillus halodurans ATCC BAA‐125 (BHRI) exhibits interesting characteristics such as high thermostability and selective substrate specificity. BHRI fused with an HHHHHH sequence was purified and crystallized in order to elucidate the molecular basis of its unique enzymatic properties. The crystals were grown by the hanging‐drop vapour‐diffusion method and belonged to the monoclinic space group P21, with unit‐cell parameters a = 83.2, b = 164.9, c = 92.0 Å, β = 116.0°. Diffraction data were collected to 2.5 Å resolution. According to a Matthews coefficient calculation, there are four monomers in the asymmetric unit with a V M of 3.0 Å3 Da−1 and a solvent content of 59.3%. The initial structure of BHRI has been determined by the molecular‐replacement method.
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