Initiating a crystallographic analysis of recombinant (S)-2- hydroxypropylphosphonic acid epoxidase from Streptomyces wedmorensis

Scott Cameron, Karen McLuskey, Rachel Chamberlayne, Irene Hallyburton, William N. Hunter*

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    The oxirane (1R,2S)-1,2-epoxypropylphosphonic acid (fosfomycin) is a natural product antibiotic produced in Streptomyces wedmorensis by the metal-ion-dependent (S)-2-hydroxypropylphosphonic acid epoxidase. This epoxidase is highly unusual since it has no requirement for a haem prosthetic group. The gene encoding the enzyme, fom4, has been cloned and a highly efficient recombinant source of the enzyme established. Two different crystal forms, tetragonal and hexagonal, have been obtained. The hexagonal form displays symmetry consistent with space group P61/522 and unit-cell parameters a = 86.44, c = 221.56 Å, γ = 120°. The Matthews coefficient, VM, of 2.7 Å3 Da-1 corresponds to two subunits, each of approximate weight 21.4 kDa, in the asymmetric unit with 55% solvent content. These crystals diffract to high resolution and experimental phases are being sought to determine the structure.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)534-536
    Number of pages3
    JournalActa Crystallographica Section F: Structural Biology and Crystallization Communications
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


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