Crystallographic analysis of the intact metal centres [3Fe-4S]1+/0 and [4Fe-4S]2+/1+ in a Zn2+-containing ferredoxin

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Detailed structural models of di-cluster seven-iron ferredoxins constitute a valuable resource for folding and stability studies relating the metal cofactors' role in protein stability. The here reported, hemihedric twinned crystal structure at 2.0 Å resolution from Acidianus ambivalens ferredoxin, shows an integral 103 residues, physiologically relevant native form composed by a N-terminal extension comprising a His/Asp Zn2+ site and the ferredoxin (βαβ)2 core, which harbours intact clusters I and II, a [3Fe-4S]1+/0 and a [4Fe-4S]2+/1+ centres. This is in contrast with the previously available ferredoxin structure from Sulfolofus tokodai, which was obtained from an artificial oxidative conversion with two [3Fe-4S]1+/0 centres and poor definition around cluster II.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)763-767
Number of pages5
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2008


  • Crystal twinning
  • Iron-sulfur proteins
  • Protein folding
  • Protein stability
  • Thermophiles
  • Zinc centres


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