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Promoting protein self-association in non-glycosylated Thermomyces lanuginosus lipase based on crystal lattice contacts

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  • Jens Madsen
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  • Thomas Rebsdorf Sørensen, Novozymes A/S, Denmark
  • Jørn Døvling Kaspersen, Novozymes A/S
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  • Maria Berggård Silow, Novozymes A/S, Denmark
  • Jesper Vind, Novozymes A/S, Denmark
  • Jan Skov Pedersen
  • Allan Svendsen, Novozymes A/S, Denmark
  • Daniel E Otzen

We have used the crystal structure of Thermomyces lanuginosus lipase (TlL) to identify and strengthen potential protein-protein interaction sites in solution. As wildtype we used a deglycosylated mutant of TlL (N33Q). We designed a number of TlL mutants to promote interactions via interfaces detected in the crystal-lattice structure, through strengthening of hydrophobic, polar or electrostatic contacts or truncation of sterically blocking residues. We identify a mutant predicted to lead to increased interfacial hydrophobic contacts (N92F) that shows markedly increased self-association properties on native gradient gels. While wildtype TlL mainly forms monomer and <5% dimers, N92F forms stable trimers and dimers according to Size-Exclusion Chromatography and Small Angle X-ray Scattering. These oligomers account for ~25% of the population and their enzymatic activity is comparable to that of the monomer. Self-association stabilizes TlL against thermal denaturation. Furthermore, the trimer is stable to dilution and requires high concentrations (>2M) of urea to dissociate. We conclude that crystal lattice contacts are a good starting point for design strategies to promote protein self-association.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBBA Proteins and Proteomics
Pages (from-to)1914-1921
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

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