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Genetic Incorporation of a Metal-Ion Chelating Amino Acid into Proteins as a Biophysical Probe.

Lee, Hyun Soo and Spraggon, Glen and Schultz, Peter and Wang, Feng (2009) Genetic Incorporation of a Metal-Ion Chelating Amino Acid into Proteins as a Biophysical Probe. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 131 (7). pp. 2481-2483. ISSN 1520-5126

Abstract

A metal-ion chelating amino acid, (8-hydroxyquinolin-3-yl)alanine, was genetically encoded in E. coli by an amber nonsense codon and corresponding orthogonal tRNA/aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase pair. The amino acid was incorporated into TM0665 protein, and the mutant protein was cocrystallized with Zn(2+) to determine the structure by SAD phasing. The structure showed a high occupancy of the heavy metal bound to the HQ-Ala residue, and the heavy metal provided excellent phasing power to determine the structure. This method also facilitates the de novo design of metalloproteins with novel structures and functions, including fluorescent sensors.

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Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2009 13:49
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2013 00:57
URI: https://oak.novartis.com/id/eprint/1230

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