Octarellin VI: Using Rosetta to Design a Putative Artificial (beta/alpha)(8) Protein

Figueroa, Maximiliano; Oliveira, Nicolas; Lejeune, Annabelle; Kaufmann, Kristian W.; Dorr, Brent M.; Matagne, Andre; Martial, Joseph A.; Meiler, Jens; Van de Weerdt, Cecile


The computational protein design protocol Rosetta has been applied successfully to a wide variety of protein engineering problems. Here the aim was to test its ability to design de novo a protein adopting the TIM-barrel fold, whose formation requires about twice as many residues as in the largest proteins successfully designed de novo to date. The designed protein, Octarellin VI, contains 216 residues. Its amino acid composition is similar to that of natural TIM-barrel proteins. When produced and purified, it showed a far-UV circular dichroism spectrum characteristic of folded proteins, with alpha-helical and beta-sheet secondary structure. Its stable tertiary structure was confirmed by both tryptophan fluorescence and circular dichroism in the near UV. It proved heat stable up to 70 degrees C. Dynamic light scattering experiments revealed a unique population of particles averaging 4 nm in diameter, in good agreement with our model. Although these data suggest the successful creation of an artificial alpha/beta protein of more than 200 amino acids, Octarellin VI shows an apparent noncooperative chemical unfolding and low solubility.

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Título de la Revista: PLOS ONE
Volumen: 8
Número: 8
Fecha de publicación: 2013


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