EstE1, a new thermostable esterase, was isolated by functional screening of a metagenomic DNA library from thermal environment samples. This enzyme showed activity towards short-chain acyl derivatives of length C4-C6 at a temperature of 303-363 K and displayed a high thermostability above 353 K. EstE1 has 64 and 57% amino-acid sequence similarity to estpc-encoded carboxylesterase from Pyrobaculum calidifontis and AFEST from Archaeoglobus fulgidus, respectively. The recombinant protein with a histidine tag at the C-terminus was overexpressed in Escherichia coli strain BL21(DE3) and then purified by affinity chromatography. The protein was crystallized at 290 K by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method. X-ray diffraction data were collected to 2.3 Å resolution from an EstE1 crystal; the crystal belongs to space group P41212, with unit-cell parameters a = b = 73.71, c = 234.23 Å. Assuming the presence of four molecules in the asymmetric unit, the Matthews coefficient VM is calculated to be 2.2 Å3 Da-1 and the solvent content is 44.1%.
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|Acta Crystallographica Section F: Structural Biology and Crystallization Communications
|Published - Feb 2006