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Title: Expression and purification of the herpes viral metallo-protein R2 for structural studies.
Authors: Lu, Si Yan.
Keywords: DRNTU::Science::Biological sciences::Microbiology::Virology
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: Ribonucleotide reductase is the only enzyme that is involved in de novo synthesis of DNA. Herpes Virus Ribonucleotide reductase consists of two subunits R1 and R2, The activation of this enzyme is controlled by the binding of the allosteric sites on R1 and the radical generation in R2. Crystallographic studies of the R2 subunits from various organisms have revealed a conserved divalent metal site, but the nature of the metals bound seems to differ, especially in human pathogens like clamydia. Until now, no structures have been reported in the literature of the human herpes virus R2s and no information exists on its metal preference for the generation of the radical. In this thesis, the expression and purification of alpha and gamma subtype herpes virus protein were performed. For investigation of metal binding capacity, herpes viral R2 proteins were recombinantly expressed and purified and a method for extraction of any present metals and insertion of the new metals was developed. Initial crystal screening of R2 proteins with different divalent metal were set up. One of initial crystal of ORF18-R2 containing MgCl 2 was diffracted to 2.8 Å. A structure of a human herpes virus R2 with its preferred metal ion bound could potentially provide more information for the development of more specific antiviral drugs.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
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