Reverse engineering: transaminase biocatalyst development using ancestral sequence reconstruction

Matthew Wilding*, Thomas S. Peat, Subha Kalyaanamoorthy, Janet Newman, Colin Scott, Lars S. Jermiin

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The development of new biocatalysts using ancestral sequence reconstruction is reported. When applied to an ω-transaminase, the ancestral proteins demonstrated novel and superior activities with eighty percent of the forty compounds tested compared to the modern day protein, and improvements in activity of up to twenty fold. These included a range of compounds pertinent as feedstocks in polyamide manufacture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5375-5380
Number of pages6
JournalGreen Chemistry
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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