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Unformatted text preview: In vitro evolution of enzymes • Enzymes evolved for functions inside a living organism, not for biotechnology – Might need long-term stability – Might need activity in non-aqueous solutions • Produce new enzymes using recombinant DNA technology, but don’t know how by rational design • Use directed evolution Directed evolution experiment From Frances Arnold’s website: Some considerations… • Don’t start with random sequences because there are too many (20N) • Instead start with lightly mutagenized gene (e.g., error-prone PCR) or high level of random mutations to small part of gene Most mutations are destabilizing, so simply increasing protein stability can increase mutational robustness Marginally stable parent protein stable Stabilized parent protein unstable These previously unacceptable mutati...
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This note was uploaded on 09/25/2010 for the course BIO 1 taught by Professor Bakorman during the Spring '09 term at Caltech.

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