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Title: The complex of Bacillus pasteurii urease with beta-mercaptoethanol from X-ray data at 1.65-angstrom resolution
Authors: S., Benini
W. R., Rypniewski
K. S., Wilson
S., Ciurli
Mangani, Stefano 
Keywords: Crystal structure; urease; nickel; inhibitor
Issue Date: 1998
Project: None 
Journal: JBIC
The structure of beta-mercaptoethanol-inhibited urease from Bacillus pasteurii, a highly ureolytic soil micro-organism, was solved at 1.65 Angstrom using synchrotron X-ray cryogenic diffraction data. The structure clearly shows the unexpected binding mode of beta-mercaptoethanol. which bridges the two nickel ions in the active site through the sulfur atom and chelates one Ni through the OH functionality. Another molecule of inhibitor forms a mixed disulfide with a Cys residue, thus sealing the entrance to the active site cavity by steric hindrance. The possible implications of the results on structure-based molecular design of new urease inhibitors are discussed.
ISSN: 0949-8257
DOI: 10.1007/s007750050231
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