The crystal structure of recombinant TroA, a zinc-binding protein component of an ATP-binding cassette transport system in Treponema pallidum, was determined at a resolution of 1.8 Å. The organization of the protein is largely similar to other periplasmic ligand-binding proteins (PLBP), in that two independent globular domains interact with each other to create a zinc- binding cleft between them. The structure has one bound zinc pentavalently coordinated to residues from both domains. Unlike previous PLBP structures that have an interdomain hinge composed of β-strands, the N- and C-domains of TroA are linked by a single long backbone helix. This unique backbone helical conformation was possibly adopted to limit the hinge motion associated with ligand exchange.
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- Structural Biology