Mining and engineering activity in catalytic amyloids

Samuel Peña-Díaz, Pedro Ferreira, Maria João Ramos, Daniel E Otzen*

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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This chapter describes how to test different amyloid preparations for catalytic properties. We describe how to express, purify, prepare and test two types of pathological amyloid (tau and α-synuclein) and two functional amyloid proteins, namely CsgA from Escherichia coli and FapC from Pseudomonas. We therefore preface the methods section with an introduction to these two examples of functional amyloid and their remarkable structural and kinetic properties and high physical stability, which renders them very attractive for a range of nanotechnological designs, both for structural, medical and catalytic purposes. The simplicity and high surface exposure of the CsgA amyloid is particularly useful for the introduction of new functional properties and we therefore provide a computational protocol to graft active sites from an enzyme of interest into the amyloid structure. We hope that the methods described will inspire other researchers to explore the remarkable opportunities provided by bacterial functional amyloid in biotechnology.

BogserieMethods in Enzymology
Sider (fra-til)345-422
Antal sider78
StatusUdgivet - 2024


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