Crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of thiaminase I from Bacillus thiaminolyticus: space group change upon freezing of crystals. Academic Article uri icon


  • Thiaminase I (Mr = 42 100) from B. thiaminolyticus, expressed in E. coli, has been crystallized by the vapor-diffusion method. Three crystal forms, two of which grew from 0.1 M sodium acetate (pH = 4.6), 0.2 M ammonium sulfate and 30%(w/v) PEG 2000, have been examined by X-ray analysis. One crystal form diffracted to 2.5 A at room temperature, was orthorhombic, and had unit-cell edges of a = 87.7, b = 120.5 and c = 76.7 A with space group P212121. A self-Patterson map showed a strong peak indicating noncrystallographic translational pseudosymmetry with (u, v, w) = (0.03, 0.0, 0.5). When these crystals were frozen at liquid-nitrogen temperatures, a second crystal form was observed which had unit-cell dimensions a = 85.5, b = 117.5 and c = 36.6 A with space group P21212. A third crystal form grew from 0.1 M Tris (pH = 8.5), 0.2 M sodium acetate trihydrate and 28%(w/v) PEG 6000 to produce orthorhombic crystals of space group P212121 with cell edges of a = 114.4, b = 123.1 and c = 92.5 A.

published proceedings

  • Acta Crystallogr D Biol Crystallogr

author list (cited authors)

  • Campobasso, N., Begun, J., Costello, C. A., Begley, T. P., & Ealick, S. E.

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • Campobasso, N||Begun, J||Costello, CA||Begley, TP||Ealick, SE

publication date

  • May 1998