We report here on crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of the catalytic domain of chitinase D from Bacillus circulans WL-12. The native crystals of this domain were found to belong to the orthorhombic space group P212121. To elucidate the structure of the catalytic domain by the multiple isomorphous replacement method, 30 kinds of derivatized crystals were prepared by soaking the native crystals into a mother liquor containing salts of heavy metal atoms. Difference Patterson maps calculated for four derivatives showed strong peaks in the Harker sections.
Keywords: chitinase D, catalytic domain, Bacillus circulans WL-12, crystallization, preliminary X-ray analysis
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