Two new structures of the SRP GTPase Ffh have been determined at 1.1 Å resolution and provide the basis for comparative examination of the extensive water structure of the apo conformation of these GTPases. A set of well defined water-binding positions have been identified in the active site of the two-domain 'NG' GTPase, as well as at two functionally important interfaces. The water hydrogen-bonding network accommodates alternate conformations of the protein side chains by undergoing local rearrangements and, in one case, illustrates binding of a solute molecule within the active site by displacement of water molecules without further disruption of the water-interaction network. A subset of the water positions are well defined in several lower resolution structures, including those of different nucleotide-binding states; these appear to function in maintaining the protein structure. Consistent arrangements of surface water between three different ultrahigh-resolution structures provide a framework for beginning to understand how local water structure contributes to protein-ligand and protein-protein binding in the SRP GTPases.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Acta Crystallographica Section D: Biological Crystallography|
|State||Published - Dec 2006|
- Ultrahigh resolution
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Structural Biology