There is a correspondence in last weeks Nature commenting on the
disparities between three C3B structures. These are:
2icf solved at 4.0A resolution, 2i07 at 4.1A resolution, and 2hr0 at
The A chains of all 3 structures agree closely, with each other and
other deposited structures.
The B chains of 2icf and 2i07 are in reasonable agreement, but there
are enormous differences to the B chain of 2hr0.
This structure is surprisingly out of step, and by many criteria likely
to be wrong.
There has been many articles written on validation and it seems worth
of some of tests which make 2hr0 suspect.
1) The cell content analysis suggests there is 80% solvent in the
Such crystals have been observed but they rarely diffract to 2.26A.
2) Data Analysis:
The reflection data has been deposited so it can be analysed.
The plots provided by TRUNCATE showing intensity statistic features are
not compatible with such a high solvent ratio. They are too perfect;
the moments are perfectly linear, unlikely with such large volumes of
the crystal containing solvent, and there is absolutely no evidence of
anisotropy, again unlikely with high solvent content.
3) Structure analysis
a) The Ramachandran plot is very poor ( 84% allowed) with many residues
in disallowed regions.
b) The distribution of residue B values is quite unrealistic. There is
a very low spread, which is most unusual for a structure with long
stretches of exposed chain. The baverage log file is attached.
c) There does not seem to be enough contacts to maintain the
The only symmetry contacts found by distang are:
T 92 CG2 A N 1641 CB B 2.695 -X,Y,-Z 1.00
T 92 CG2 A N 1641 OD1 B 2.813 -X,Y,-Z 1.00
E 731 OE1 B D 944 OD1 B 2.641 -X+1/2,Y+1/2,-Z [0-1 0] 1.00
The MSDpisa site reports:
Buried surface between A & B 4117 A**2
Crystal generated surfaces: B to B' 277A**2 and B to B" 144A**2.
4) Map analysis.
I ran the structure through REFMAC to generate weighted maps.
The R factor and FreeR are unreasonably close I think. 0.179 0.194
out of REFMAC.
They also show a very unusual profile; lowest in the lowest resoultion
The plots of <Fobs> v <Fc> as a function of resolution overlap almost
And the maps (displayed in COOT) are very strange - there are many
10-20 Sigma peaks in the difference map, and these can be explained by
quite simple re-adjustments of the coordinates. I suspect that the
"observed amplitudes" which are available are in fact calculated from a
closely related structure.
I attach the baverage, truncate and refmac log files so that interested
readers can look at these log graphs.