Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP160100107 [ 2016-01-01 - 2018-12-31 ]

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Researchers: Prof Joshua Mylne (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof Dan Tawfik (Partner Investigator)

Brief description How scissors learn to glue: the catalysis of ligation by proteases. This project proposes to study protein-cutting enzymes from plants that are drawn into biosyntheses where they paradoxically perform protein-joining (ligation) reactions. Enzymes are everywhere, from detergents to digestion to detoxifying drugs. Industry uses artificial evolution to improve enzymes or create enzymes with new activities. By exploring the changes that allowed one such cutting enzyme to ligate, the knowledge acquired may enable protein engineering to develop designer enzymes with enhanced or suppressed ligating ability. Although protein evolution can be studied with artificial systems, natural systems are extremely valuable. Insights from studying this natural evolution of ligation may test hypotheses developed with data from artificial evolution.

Funding Amount $355,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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