Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.375, No.1, 124-128, 2008
Crystal structure of ST2348, a CBS domain protein, from hyperthermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus tokodaii
The crystal structure of a hypothetical protein ST2348 (GI: 47118305) from the hyperthermophilic bacteria Sulfolobus tokodaii has been determined using X-ray crystallography. The protein consists of two CBS (cystathione beta synthase) domains, whose function has been analyzed and reported here. PSI-BLAST shows a conservation of this domain in about 100 proteins in various species. However, none of the close homologs of ST2348 have been functionally characterized so far. Structure and sequence comparison of ST2348 with human AMP-kinase gamma 1 Subunit and the CBS domain pair of bacterial IMP dehydrogenase is suggestive of its binding to AMP and AIR A highly conserved residue Asp118, located in a negatively charged patch near the ligand binding cleft, could serve as a site for phosphorylation similar to that found in the chemotatic signal protein CheY and thereby ST2348 can function as a signal transduction molecule. (C) 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.