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Rapid and Programmable Protein Mutagenesis Using Plasmid Recombineering

Rapid and Programmable Protein Mutagenesis Using Plasmid Recombineering
Sean A. Higgins, David F. Savage, Sorel V. Y. Ouonkap
Comprehensive and programmable protein mutagenesis is critical for understanding structure–function relationships and improving protein function. There is thus a need for robust and unbiased molecular biological approaches for the construction of the requisite comprehensive protein libraries. Here we demonstrate that plasmid recombineering is a simple and robust in vivo method for the generation of protein mutants for both comprehensive library generation as well as programmable targeting of sequence space. Using the fluorescent protein iLOV as a model target, we build a complete mutagenesis library and find it to be specific and comprehensive, detecting 99.8% of our intended mutations. We then develop a thermostability screen and utilize our comprehensive mutation data to rapidly construct a targeted and multiplexed library that identifies significantly improved variants, thus demonstrating rapid protein engineering in a simple protocol.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acssynbio.7b00112

DOI: 10.1021/acssynbio.7b00112

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