Crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic analysis of the protease inhibitor ecotin in complex with chymotrypsin

Cheol Soon Lee, Ihn Sik Seong, Hyun Kyu Song, Chin Ha Chung, Se Won Suh

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Ecotin, a homodimeric protein composed of 142-residue subunits, is a novel protease inhibitor present in the periplasm of Escherichia coli. It shows a broad inhibitory specificity towards a group of serine proteases and binds two molecules of protease to form a tetrameric complex in a distinct chelation mechanism. The ecotin-chymotrypsin complex has been crystallized in the triclinic space group P1 with unit-cell parameters a = 57.29, b = 57.39, c = 79.75 Å, α = 91.49, β = 88.63 and γ = 112.45°. The asymmetric unit contains the whole tetrameric complex, consisting of two molecules of chymotrypsin bound to the ecotin dimer, with a corresponding crystal volume per protein mass (V(M)) of 2.58 Å3 Da-1 and a solvent fraction of 48.9%. The crystals diffract beyond 2.0 Å with Cu Kα X-rays and are very stable in the X-ray beam. Native X-ray data have been collected from a crystal to approximately 2.0 Å Bragg spacing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1091-1092
Number of pages2
JournalActa Crystallographica Section D: Biological Crystallography
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1999 May 1


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  • Structural Biology

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