Paper accepted to Protein Science

As a part of the Joint Center for Structural Genomics (JSCG) biological targets, the structures of soluble domains of membrane proteins from Thermotoga maritima were pursued. Here, we report the crystal structure of the soluble domain of TM1634, a putative membrane protein of 128 residues (15.1 kDa) and unknown function. The soluble domain of TM1634 is an Α-helical dimer that contains a single TPR motif in each monomer where each motif is similar to that found in Tom20. The overall fold, however, is unique and a Dali search does not identify similar folds beyond the 38-residue TPR motif. Two different putative ligand binding sites, in which PEG200 and Co2+ were located, were identified using crystallography and NMR, respectively.