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Rongming Liu, Liya Liang, Alaksh Choudhury, Marcelo C Bassalo, Andrew D Garst, Katia Tarasava, Ryan T Gill
Synthetic biology requires strategies for the targeted, efficient, and combinatorial engineering of biological sub-systems at the molecular level. Here, we report the use of the iterative CRISPR EnAbled Trackable genome Engineering (iCREATE) method for the rapid construction of combinatorially modified genomes. We coupled this genome engineering strategy with high-throughput phenotypic screening and selections to recursively engineer multiple traits in Escherichia coli for improved production of the platform chemical 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3HP)...
April 14, 2018: Metabolic Engineering
Cathleen Zeymer, Donald Hilvert
Directed evolution is a powerful technique for generating tailor-made enzymes for a wide range of biocatalytic applications. Following the principles of natural evolution, iterative cycles of mutagenesis and screening or selection are applied to modify protein properties, enhance catalytic activities, or develop completely new protein catalysts for non-natural chemical transformations. This review briefly surveys the experimental methods used to generate genetic diversity and screen or select for improved enzyme variants...
March 1, 2018: Annual Review of Biochemistry
Rongming Liu, Liya Liang, Andrew D Garst, Alaksh Choudhury, Violeta Sànchez I Nogué, Gregg T Beckham, Ryan T Gill
Strain engineering for industrial production requires a targeted improvement of multiple complex traits, which range from pathway flux to tolerance to mixed sugar utilization. Here, we report the use of an iterative CRISPR EnAbled Trackable genome Engineering (iCREATE) method to engineer rapid glucose and xylose co-consumption and tolerance to hydrolysate inhibitors in E. coli. Deep mutagenesis libraries were rationally designed, constructed, and screened to target ~40,000 mutations across 30 genes. These libraries included global and high-level regulators that regulate global gene expression, transcription factors that play important roles in genome-level transcription, enzymes that function in the sugar transport system, NAD(P)H metabolism, and the aldehyde reduction system...
February 22, 2018: Metabolic Engineering
Massimiliano Secchi, Valentina Grampa, Luca Vangelista
Efforts to improve existing anti-HIV-1 therapies or develop preventatives have identified CCR5 as an important target and CCL5 as an ideal scaffold to sculpt potent HIV-1 entry inhibitors. We created novel human CCL5 variants that exhibit exceptional anti-HIV-1 features using recombinant lactobacilli (exploited for live microbicide development) as a screening platform. Protein design, expression and anti-HIV-1 activity flowed in iterative cycles, with a stepwise integration of successful mutations and refinement of an initial CCL5 mutant battery towards the generation of two ultimate CCL5 derivatives, a CCR5 agonist and a CCR5 antagonist with similar anti-HIV-1 potency...
January 30, 2018: Scientific Reports
Ge Qu, Jing Zhao, Ping Zheng, Jibin Sun, Zhoutong Sun
Screening is the bottleneck of directed evolution. In order to address this problem, a series of novel semi-rational designed strategies have been developed based on combinatorial active-site saturation test and iterative saturation mutagenesis, including single code saturation mutagenesis, double code saturation mutagenesis and triple code saturation mutagenesis. By creation of "small and smart" high qualified mutant libraries and combinatorial mutagenesis of specific sites, these new strategies have been successfully applied in multiparameter optimization, e...
January 25, 2018: Sheng Wu Gong Cheng Xue Bao, Chinese Journal of Biotechnology
Shu-Ping Zou, Yu-Guo Zheng, Qun Wu, Zhi-Cai Wang, Ya-Ping Xue, Zhi-Qiang Liu
Enantioselective hydrolysis of epoxides by epoxide hydrolase (EH) is one of the most attractive approaches for the synthesis of chiral epoxides. So far, attempts to develop an efficient epoxide hydrolase -mediated biotransformation have been limited by either the low activity or insufficient enantioselectivity of epoxide hydrolase. In this study, iterative saturation mutagenesis (ISM) of epoxide hydrolase from Agrobacterium radiobacter AD1 (ArEH) was performed for efficient production of (R)-epichlorohydrin...
January 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Guangyue Li, Maximilian J L J Fürst, Hamid Reza Mansouri, Anna K Ressmann, Adriana Ilie, Florian Rudroff, Marko D Mihovilovic, Marco W Fraaije, Manfred T Reetz
Baeyer-Villiger monooxygenases (BVMOs) and evolved mutants have been shown to be excellent biocatalysts in many stereoselective Baeyer-Villiger transformations, but industrial applications are rare which is partly due to the insufficient thermostability of BVMOs under operating conditions. In the present study, the substrate scope of the recently discovered thermally stable BVMO, TmCHMO from Thermocrispum municipale, was studied. This revealed that the wild-type (WT) enzyme catalyzes the oxidation of a variety of structurally different ketones with notable activity and enantioselectivity, including the desymmetrization of 4-methylcyclohexanone (99% ee, S)...
November 29, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Michael Bernhofer, Tatyana Goldberg, Silvana Wolf, Mohamed Ahmed, Julian Zaugg, Mikael Boden, Burkhard Rost
NLSdb is a database collecting nuclear export signals (NES) and nuclear localization signals (NLS) along with experimentally annotated nuclear and non-nuclear proteins. NES and NLS are short sequence motifs related to protein transport out of and into the nucleus. The updated NLSdb now contains 2253 NLS and introduces 398 NES. The potential sets of novel NES and NLS have been generated by a simple 'in silico mutagenesis' protocol. We started with motifs annotated by experiments. In step 1, we increased specificity such that no known non-nuclear protein matched the refined motif...
January 4, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Feng-Jiao Zhao, Yun Jin, Zhongchuan Liu, Chao Guo, Tong-Biao Li, Zi-Yi Li, Ganggang Wang, Zhong-Liu Wu
ChKRED20 is an efficient and robust anti-Prelog ketoreductase that can catalyze the reduction of ketones to chiral alcohols as pharmaceutical intermediates with great industrial potential. To overcome its limitation on the bioreduction of ortho-substituted acetophenone derivatives, the X-ray crystal structure of the apo-enzyme of ChKRED20 was determined at a resolution of 1.85 Å and applied to the molecular modeling and reshaping of the catalytic cavity via three rounds of iterative saturation mutagenesis together with alanine scanning and recombination...
December 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Eser Ünsaldı, Aslıhan Kurt-Kızıldoğan, Birgit Voigt, Dörte Becher, Gülay Özcengiz
The usefulness of genetic/metabolic engineering for further improvement of industrial strains is subject of discussion because of the general lack of knowledge on genetic alterations introduced by iterative cycles of random mutagenesis in such strains. An industrial clavulanic acid (CA)-overproducer Streptomyces clavuligerus DEPA was assessed to understand proteome-wide changes that have occurred in a local industrial CA overproducer developed through succesive mutagenesis programs. The proteins that could be identified corresponded to 33 distinct ORFs for underrepresented ones and 60 ORFs for overrepresented ones...
March 2017: Synthetic and Systems Biotechnology
Prosenjit Pyne, Masrure Alam, Wriddhiman Ghosh
Molecular mechanisms of chemolithotrophic tetrathionate oxidation are not clearly understood. Here we used transposon(Tn5-mob)-insertion mutagenesis to search for novel tetrathionate oxidation genes in the facultatively chemolithoautotrophic betaproteobacterium Advenella kashmirensis that not only oxidizes tetrathionate, but also produces the same as an intermediate during thiosulfate oxidation. Genome-wide random insertion of Tn5-mob occurred at a frequency of one per 10(4) donor E. coli cells. A library of 8000 transconjugants yielded five tetrathionate-oxidation-impaired mutants, of which, the one named Ak_Tn_16 was studied here in detail...
December 2017: Microbiological Research
Grey S Chen, Siang Wun Siao, Claire R Shen
Iterative ketoacid elongation has been an essential tool in engineering artificial metabolism, in particular the synthetic alcohols. However, precise control of product specificity is still greatly challenged by the substrate promiscuity of the ketoacid decarboxylase, which unselectively hijacks ketoacid intermediates from the elongation cycle along with the target ketoacid. In this work, preferential tuning of the Lactococcus lactis ketoisovalerate decarboxylase (Kivd) specificity toward 1-pentanol synthesis was achieved via saturated mutagenesis of the key residue V461 followed by screening of the resulting alcohol spectrum...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
Ying Jiang, Yue-Peng Shang, Hao Li, Chao Zhang, Jiang Pan, Yun-Peng Bai, Chun-Xiu Li, Jian-He Xu
OBJECTIVES: To improve the fermentation production of transglutaminase (TGase) from Streptomyces mobaraensis for applications in the food industry, the atmospheric and room-temperature plasma (ARTP) mutagenesis was applied to breed S. mobaraensis mutants with increased TGase production. RESULTS: After eight rounds of iterative ARTP mutagenesis, four genetically stable mutants, Sm5-V1, Sm6-V13, Sm2-V10, and Sm7-V12, were identified, which showed increased TGase production by 27, 24, 24, and 19%, respectively...
2017: Bioresources and Bioprocessing
Natalia V Barykina, Oksana M Subach, Kiryl D Piatkevich, Erica E Jung, Aleksey Y Malyshev, Ivan V Smirnov, Andrey O Bogorodskiy, Valentin I Borshchevskiy, Anna M Varizhuk, Galina E Pozmogova, Edward S Boyden, Konstantin V Anokhin, Grigori N Enikolopov, Fedor V Subach
Currently available genetically encoded calcium indicators (GECIs) utilize calmodulins (CaMs) or troponin C from metazoa such as mammals, birds, and teleosts, as calcium-binding domains. The amino acid sequences of the metazoan calcium-binding domains are highly conserved, which may limit the range of the GECI key parameters and cause undesired interactions with the intracellular environment in mammalian cells. Here we have used fungi, evolutionary distinct organisms, to derive CaM and its binding partner domains and design new GECI with improved properties...
2017: PloS One
Guangyue Li, Jian-Bo Wang, Manfred T Reetz
Enzymes have been used for a long time as catalysts in the asymmetric synthesis of chiral intermediates needed in the production of therapeutic drugs. However, this alternative to man-made catalysts has suffered traditionally from distinct limitations, namely the often observed wrong or insufficient enantio- and/or regioselectivity, low activity, narrow substrate range, and insufficient thermostability. With the advent of directed evolution, these problems can be generally solved. The challenge is to develop and apply the most efficient mutagenesis methods which lead to highest-quality mutant libraries requiring minimal screening...
May 11, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Jae Sung Cho, Kyeong Rok Choi, Cindy Pricilia Surya Prabowo, Jae Ho Shin, Dongsoo Yang, Jaedong Jang, Sang Yup Lee
Genome engineering of Corynebacterium glutamicum, an important industrial microorganism for amino acids production, currently relies on random mutagenesis and inefficient double crossover events. Here we report a rapid genome engineering strategy to scarlessly knock out one or more genes in C. glutamicum in sequential and iterative manner. Recombinase RecT is used to incorporate synthetic single-stranded oligodeoxyribonucleotides into the genome and CRISPR/Cas9 to counter-select negative mutants. We completed the system by engineering the respective plasmids harboring CRISPR/Cas9 and RecT for efficient curing such that multiple gene targets can be done iteratively and final strains will be free of plasmids...
July 2017: Metabolic Engineering
Kaiyuan Tian, Kee Tai, Bryan Jian Wei Chua, Zhi Li
Engineering a methanol tolerant lipase is of great importance in biodiesel production. Here, the first semi-rational method for directed enzyme evolution to enhance methanol tolerance by targeting high B-factor residues for iterative saturation mutagenesis (ISM) is reported. The best double mutant, TLL-S105C/D27R, retained 71% of its original activity after incubation in methanol, showing 30% greater methanol tolerance than TLL. TLL-S105C/D27R also displayed 27% higher activity over TLL. Structure modelling suggested that the increased stability of TLL-S105C/D27R was caused by the formation of a new hydrogen bond which stabilized the protein structure...
May 19, 2017: Bioresource Technology
Markus Brockmann, Vincent A Blomen, Joppe Nieuwenhuis, Elmer Stickel, Matthijs Raaben, Onno B Bleijerveld, A F Maarten Altelaar, Lucas T Jae, Thijn R Brummelkamp
As key executers of biological functions, the activity and abundance of proteins are subjected to extensive regulation. Deciphering the genetic architecture underlying this regulation is critical for understanding cellular signalling events and responses to environmental cues. Using random mutagenesis in haploid human cells, we apply a sensitive approach to directly couple genomic mutations to protein measurements in individual cells. Here we use this to examine a suite of cellular processes, such as transcriptional induction, regulation of protein abundance and splicing, signalling cascades (mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR), protein kinase B (AKT), interferon, and Wingless and Int-related protein (WNT) pathways) and epigenetic modifications (histone crotonylation and methylation)...
June 8, 2017: Nature
Jun Chen, Mike Vestergaard, Thomas Glasdam Jensen, Jing Shen, Martin Dufva, Christian Solem, Peter Ruhdal Jensen
Efficient screening technologies aim to reduce both the time and the cost required for identifying rare mutants possessing a phenotype of interest in a mutagenized population. In this study, we combined a mild mutagenesis strategy with high-throughput screening based on microfluidic droplet technology to identify Lactococcus lactis variants secreting vitamin B2 (riboflavin). Initially, we used a roseoflavin-resistant mutant of L. lactis strain MG1363, JC017, which secreted low levels of riboflavin. By using fluorescence-activated droplet sorting, several mutants that secreted riboflavin more efficiently than JC017 were readily isolated from the mutagenesis library...
May 30, 2017: MBio
Xue-Qing Li, Qin Wu, Die Hu, Rui Wang, Yan Liu, Min-Chen Wu, Jian-Fang Li
To improve the temperature characteristics and catalytic efficiency of a glycoside hydrolase family (GHF) 11 xylanase from Aspergillus oryzae (AoXyn11A), its variants were predicted based on in silico design. Firstly, Gly(21) with the maximum B-factor value, which was confirmed by molecular dynamics (MD) simulation on the three-dimensional structure of AoXyn11A, was subjected to site-saturation mutagenesis. Thus, one variant with the highest thermostability, AoXyn11A(G21I), was selected from the mutagenesis library, E...
December 2017: AMB Express
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