Effect of TELSAM-Target Protein Linkers on Crystal Formation and Quality

Presented During:

07/31/2022: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront  


2022: 72nd ACA Annual Meeting

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Presenting Author :

Celeste Litchfield  
Brigham Young University

Additional Author(s):

Parag Gajjar  
Brigham Young University
Miles Callahan  
Brigham Young University
Nathan Redd  
Brigham Young University
James Moody  

Abstract Body:

Understanding the limitations and characteristics of crystal formation from TELSAM polymers is important in using TELSAM to crystallize proteins that cannot feasibly be crystallized on their own. One variable in TELSAM polymerization that needs to be understood is the effect of the linker between TELSAM and the target protein. To better understand this factor, we attempted to crystallize TELSAM and CMG2 connected with 4 different linkers. We observed the effect of the linker on the conditions under which the proteins crystallized as well as the resolution of the diffraction data from each crystal. Threonine-threonine linkers did not form any crystals. Of the alanine-alanine linkers, only 1 crystal diffracted; it had decent resolution (2.6Å). Threonine-valine linkers produced crystals with the best resolution upon diffraction (as low as 2.3Å typically around 3.5Å) followed closely by alanine-valine(as low as 2.6Å, but typically around 3.5Å). This is consistent with the theory that a threonine-threonine linker would be most rigid and an alanine-alanine linker would be most flexible with the alanine-valine and threonine-valine linkers having intermediate flexibility; and that the best linkers for TELSAM have some flexibility to shift as the polymer forms, but are stiff enough to hold their position and stay in a crystal formation. The diffraction data is currently being refined, and in the future, we intend to test different lengths of linkers as well as different target proteins.

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