Purification of ACVR1 for co-crystallisation with new compounds and for fragment screening crystals

I was away on leave last week, but happily, before I left, I set up 25 crystal plates of ACVR1 with various compounds. The details of the protein purification, the compounds used and some of the crystals obtained are here, on Zenodo. So I was able to at least come back to something after my Read More …

Update on fragment screening of ACVR1 co-crystallised with LDN-193189

I’ve put the Molprobity stats for the model I have refined to run my fragment screening datasets against in Zenodo. It looks pretty good, and I was happy when the parameters finally all went into the green. I have about 90 datasets with resolution lower than 2.6 Å, so hopefully I’ll get at least one Read More …

Co-crystallisation and fine screening of ACVR1 with K62821a, K62980a, and K62981a

As mentioned in my Zenodo post here, I fine screened ACVR1 with the three compounds in the title. I got loads of hits for co-crystallisation with K62821a. I mounted almost two pucks’ worth of crystals (31 crystals) and sent them to Diamond for Monday’s run. Unfortunately, none of them diffracted better than 3.5 Å, so Read More …

Fragment screening data processing and fine screen design

Well, it’s been another week of not too much actual lab work and quite a lot of computer work. The lab work I did do was incredibly frustrating due to spending time searching around for reagents and then having a water problem with the liquid handler that is used to set up the fine screens. Read More …

ACVR1A purification for co-crystallisation with LDN-193189 for fragment screening

I haven’t done that much lab work lately as I have been working on crystal data processing among other things. However, a couple of weeks ago I purified some ACVR1/ALK2 for crystallisation for fragment screening (which happened on Friday) and for co-crystallisation with some of our compounds. The experimental details are here, on Zenodo. As Read More …

ACVR1 – the link between FOP and DIPG

Background What is the link between a rare genetic disease that causes soft tissues to turn to bone, and a lethal childhood brain cancer? At first glance, with such different clinical phenotypes, it seems unlikely there could be any link, but it has been shown through whole genome sequencing of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) Read More …