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Complex assembly, crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic analysis of the human Rod-Zwilch-ZW10 (RZZ) complex.

Authors
  • Altenfeld, Anika1
  • Wohlgemuth, Sabine1
  • Wehenkel, Annemarie2
  • Vetter, Ingrid R1
  • Musacchio, Andrea1
  • 1 Department of Mechanistic Cell Biology, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Otto Hahn Strasse 11, 44227 Dortmund, Germany. , (Germany)
  • 2 Department `Genotoxic Stress and Cancer', Institut Curie, CNRS UMR 3348/INSERM U1005, Bâtiment 110, Centre Universitaire, 91405 Orsay CEDEX, France. , (France)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Acta crystallographica. Section F, Structural biology communications
Publication Date
April 2015
Volume
71
Issue
Pt 4
Pages
438–442
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1107/S2053230X15004343
PMID: 25849506
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

The spindle-assembly checkpoint (SAC) monitors kinetochore-microtubule attachment during mitosis. In metazoans, the three-subunit Rod-Zwilch-ZW10 (RZZ) complex is a crucial SAC component that interacts with additional SAC-activating and SAC-silencing components, including the Mad1-Mad2 complex and cytoplasmic dynein. The RZZ complex contains two copies of each subunit and has a predicted molecular mass of ∼800 kDa. Given the low abundance of the RZZ complex in natural sources, its recombinant reconstitution was attempted by co-expression of its subunits in insect cells. The RZZ complex was purified to homogeneity and subjected to systematic crystallization attempts. Initial crystals containing the entire RZZ complex were obtained using the sitting-drop method and were subjected to optimization to improve the diffraction resolution limit. The crystals belonged to space group P3₁ (No. 144) or P3₂ (No. 145), with unit-cell parameters a = b = 215.45, c = 458.7 Å, α = β = 90.0, γ = 120.0°.

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