Structure of the Yersinia pestis tip protein LcrV refined to 1.65 Å resolution

Sukanya Chaudhury, Kevin P. Battaile, Scott Lovell, Gregory V. Plano, Roberto N. De Guzman

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The human pathogen Yersinia pestis requires the assembly of the type III secretion system (T3SS) for virulence. The structural component of the T3SS contains an external needle and a tip complex, which is formed by LcrV in Y. pestis. The structure of an LcrV triple mutant (K40A/D41A/K42A) in a C273S background has previously been reported to 2.2 Å resolution. Here, the crystal structure of LcrV without the triple mutation in a C273S background is reported at a higher resolution of 1.65 Å. Overall the two structures are similar, but there are also notable differences, particularly near the site of the triple mutation. The refined structure revealed a slight shift in the backbone positions of residues Gly28-Asn43 and displayed electron density in the loop region consisting of residues Ile46-Val63, which was disordered in the original structure. In addition, the helical turn region spanning residues Tyr77-Gln95 adopts a different orientation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)477-481
Number of pages5
JournalActa Crystallographica Section F: Structural Biology and Crystallization Communications
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2013


  • LcrV
  • tip proteins
  • type III secretion system
  • Yersinia pestis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Structural Biology
  • Genetics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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