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Cloning, expression, purification, crystallization and preliminary X‐ray studies of a secreted lectin (Rv1419) from Mycobacterium tuberculosis

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A secreted lectin, Rv1419, from Mycobacterium tuberculosis has been cloned, expressed, purified and crystallized and the crystals have been characterized. This represents the first X‐ray investigation of a lectin or lectin‐like molecule from the pathogen. The cubic crystals contain one molecule in the asymmetric unit. Sequence comparisons indicate that the lectin has a β‐trefoil fold and belongs to a well characterized family of carbohydrate‐binding modules. Structural analysis of the crystals is in progress.
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Keywords: Mycobacterium tuberculosis; bacterial lectins; sugar binding; β‐trefoil fold

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Molecular Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012, India

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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