Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of a novel Arg49 phospholipase A(2) homologue from Zhaoermia mangshanensis venom

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Murakami, Rio T.
Kuch, Ulrich
Mebs, Dietrich
Arni, Raghuvir K.

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Blackwell Publishing


Zhaoermiatoxin, an Arg49 phospholipase A(2) homologue from Zhaoermia mangshanensis (formerly Trimeresurus mangshanensis, Ermia mangshanensis) venom is a novel member of the PLA(2)-homologue family that possesses an arginine residue at position 49, probably arising from a secondary Lys49 -> Arg substitution that does not alter the catalytic inactivity towards phospholipids. Like other Lys49 PLA(2) homologues, zhaoermiatoxin induces oedema and strong myonecrosis without detectable PLA(2) catalytic activity. A single crystal with maximum dimensions of 0.2 x 0.2 x 0.5 mm was used for X-ray diffraction data collection to a resolution of 2.05 angstrom using synchrotron radiation and the diffraction pattern was indexed in the hexagonal space group P6(4), with unit-cell parameters a = 72.9, b = 72.9, c = 93.9 angstrom.



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Acta Crystallographica Section F-structural Biology and Crystallization Communications. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, v. 63, p. 605-607, 2007.