Crystallographic structure and biochemical analysis of the Thermus thermophilus osmotically inducible protein C

Peter H. Rehse, Noriyasu Ohshima, Yuichi Nodake, Tahir H. Tahirov

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

16 Scopus citations


The X-ray crystallographic structure of osmotically inducible Protein C from the thermophilic bacterium, Thermus thermophilus HB8, was solved to 1.6Å using the multiple wavelength anomalous dispersion method and a selenomethionine incorporated protein (Se-MAD). The crystal space group was P1 with cell dimensions of a=37.58Å, b=40.95Å, c=48.14Å, α=76.9°, β=74.0°and γ=64.1°. The two tightly interacting monomers in the asymmetric unit are related by a non-crystallographic 2-fold. The dimer structure is defined primarily by two very long anti-parallel, over-lapping α-helices at the core, with a further six-stranded anti-parallel β-sheet on the outside of the structure. With respect to the β-sheets, both A and B monomers contribute three strands each resulting in an intertwining of the structure. The active site consists of two cysteine residues from one monomer and an arginine and glutamic acid from the other. Enzymatic assays have revealed that T.thermophilus OsmC has a hydroperoxide peroxidase activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)959-968
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Molecular Biology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 14 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • CHP, cumene hydroperoxide
  • DTT, 1,4-dithiothreitol
  • Ohr
  • Ohr, organic hydroperoxide resistance protein
  • OsmC
  • OsmC, osmotically inducible protein C
  • Osmotic stress
  • Peroxidase
  • X-ray crystal structure
  • tBOOH, tert-butyl hydroperoxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology
  • Molecular Biology

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Crystallographic structure and biochemical analysis of the Thermus thermophilus osmotically inducible protein C'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this