Solution structure of the variant‐3 neurotoxin from Centruroides sculpturatus Ewing

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  • The solution structure of the CsE‐v3 neurotoxin from the venom of the North American scorpion Centruroides sculpturatus Ewing (CsE) has been determined by a hybrid refinement procedure that employed distance geometry and dynamical simulated annealing. Distance constraints deduced from the nuclear Overhauser effect spectroscopy data and torsion angle constraints deduced from the vicinal coupling constant data were used in the refinement procedure. A family of simulated annealing structures that showed no constraint violations was generated. The energy‐minimized average structure exhibited root‐mean‐square deviations of 0.121 nm for the backbone and 0.182 nm for all atoms, with respect to this family. These studies confirm the previously qualitative NMR findings about the secondary structural features, viz. the presence of a short α‐helix composed of residues 23–31 and an antiparallel β‐sheet composed of the strands of residues 1–5, 45–50 and 36–42. A cluster of aromatic ring systems is located on one side of the protein. The solution and crystal structures have similar overall features, but show some minor differences. Copyright © 1994, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved
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