We describe our efforts to crystallize binary MCM1/DNA and ternary MATα2/MCM1/DNA complexes, including the unsuccessful attempts to crystallize MCM1/DNA complexes and the successful design of DNA crystal packing that resulted in high-resolution crystals of the MATα2/MCM1/DNA complex. We detail general procedures useful for preparing protein/DNA cocrystals, including improved methods for producing and purifying DNA-binding proteins and DNA fragments, for purifying protein/DNA complexes, and for controlling pH conditions during crystallization. We also describe the rational design of DNA for protein/DNA cocrystallization attempts, based on our analysis of how straight and bent DNA with single base-pair overhangs can pack end-to-end in a crystal. (C) 2000 Academic Press.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Structural Biology
- Molecular Biology