More protein purification and some fine screens

As mentioned in my last post, I got 26 mg of ACVR1 on my last purification (as shown in my Zenodo log here). This is fabulous as it has allowed me to follow up a number of conditions for crystallisation. In particular, one of these hits was in G10 of my composite screen. I’ve therefore Read More …

Lots of protein now! A massive composite screen and a few crystal hits

Now that our workhorse ACVR1 construct is expressing again, I’m getting loads of protein – 26 mg on the last 3 L scale up! Because of this, I’ve been really busy in the lab trying to get things back up to speed again. While waiting for the ACVR1 to work, I purified some TGFBR1 (ALK5) Read More …

Structure Solution for BMPR1B/FKBP12 complex bound to M4K2009.

Structure Solution for BMPR1B/FKBP12 complex bound to M4K2009. Good news everybody! From the crystals I sent to the Diamond Light Source (a synchrotron, or particle accelerator, that gives very high quality x-rays) last week, I got a data set for BMPR1B/FKBP12 with M4K2009 bound to it! This is one of the compounds that the M4K Read More …

Complex formation of FKBP12/BMPR1A and FKBP12/BMPR1B and subsequent crystallisation.

Having previously purified BMPR1A (Alk3) and BMPR1B (Alk6), I spent some time purifying FKBP12 to form complexes with each of the receptors. FKBP12 binds to BMPR1A and BMPR1B via a similar GS domain to that seen in ACVR1, on the N-terminal side of the kinase domain and may help stabilize the structures and thus help Read More …

Purification of ACVR2, Alk3 (BMPR1A) and Alk6 (BMPR1B)

I had a couple of weeks off over August but I was back last week ready to crack on with work. As you’ve probably been following the ongoing saga, Ros and I have been struggling with expression of our key constructs. She had some good news on that on her latest post which has some Read More …

Virus titration and test expression of ACVR1 – some good news!

As I’ve mentioned in recent posts, our workhorse ACVR1 constructs have, for mysterious reasons, stopped expressing. This is clearly a massive problem, as with no protein we can not progress the project, and in the meantime, another DIPG patient has died, Aubreigh Nicholas, the 11-year-old girl who started the lemon face challenge. This is tragic, Read More …

Short form TGFBR1 (ALK5) purification and co-crystallisation with M4K2006 and M4K2089

In the absence of our “workhorse” protein, ACVR1 residues 208-499 (constitutively active Q207D mutant) (as we are still trying to work out why it won’t express at the moment), and the complete lack of crystals/diffracting crystals for the TGFBR1/FKBP12 complex, I have shifted to some other constructs we have to keep things moving. I had Read More …

Purification and crystallisation of ALK2 (R206H mutation) with M4K Pharma compounds.

As part of an ongoing collaboration with Meds4Kids Pharma (M4KPharma), we are testing a range of compounds identified and generated by them as being of interest in developing a molecule specific against ALK2 that has the right properties help treat some cases of DIPG. This also has significant implications for development of a drug that Read More …

Still no protein, and no diffraction from TGFBR1/FKBP12 crystals, but outreach is fun!

I’m sad to report that a couple of test expressions later, we’re still no wiser as to why ACVR1 isn’t expressing. It’s worked on a couple of small scale expression test plates, but just doesn’t want to scale up anymore. We may be looking at having to remake the virus. In the meantime, I had Read More …

Complex formation of XIAP with ACVR2.

  It’s been a very busy few weeks, a fair amount of lab work but also a fair bit of outreach work (which is the other part of my job) and so I’ve sadly neglected to write my poor blog post. However,  now I’ve got the chance to write a bit about what I’ve been Read More …