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Soluble fragments of the extracellular region of vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 (VCAM-1) expressed in Escherichia coli retain functional adhesive activity. An integrin (VLA-4) binding fragment consisting of the N-terminal two immunoglobulin-like domains (VCAM-d1,2) has been crystallized. The crystals belong to space group P2(1)2(1)2(1) with cell dimensions of a = 52.7 A, b = 66.5 A, c = 113.2 A and contain two molecules in the crystallographic asymmetric unit. A batch of protein produced in the standard E. coli strain (HW1110), but grown in the presence of selenomethionine enriched media, showed 85% incorporation of selenium in place of sulphur at methionine residues. The selenomethionyl VCAM-d1,2 was crystallized by microseeding techniques initially using the native crystals for nucleation. Both native and selenomethionyl crystals diffract X-rays to a minimum Bragg spacing of 1.8 A.

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Journal article


J Mol Biol

Publication Date





464 - 468


Cell Adhesion Molecules, Crystallography, X-Ray, Integrins, Selenomethionine, Vascular Cell Adhesion Molecule-1, X-Ray Diffraction