Structure formed by a plant pathogen protein. Courtesy of Ken Schwinn and Sonia Espejon-Reynes, New York SGX Research Center for Structural Genomics.

The wreath-like structure formed by a plant pathogen protein inspired a team of structural biologists to dress it up for the holidays. The structure, whose function is unknown, is the first to represent a region shared by a family of proteins. It's among more than 2,700 protein structures generated by the Protein Structure Initiative—an international effort to make the shapes of nearly all proteins readily available from their DNA sequences. Courtesy of Ken Schwinn and Sonia Espejon-Reynes, New York SGX Research Center for Structural Genomics.

Featured in the December 19, 2007, issue of Biomedical Beat.
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