Efficient protein binders for the C-reactive protein from a designed chemically modified peptide library
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A polypeptide conjugate synthesized by coupling a small organic molecule to the side chain of an amino acid residue in a designed 42-residue polypeptide binds the C-reactive protein (CRP) essentially irreversibly. The specificity in human serum is equal to that of an avian antibody although the size is only 1/30 and the structure unordered. The polypeptide conjugate binds CRP several orders of magnitude more tightly than the small molecule due to the fact that one amino acid has been modified to include a more strongly interacting side chain. The polypeptide was selected from a 16-membered set of sequences with no prior relationship to the target protein and designed to fold into a helix-loop-helix motif. The results suggest that synthetic amino acid alphabets with more strongly interacting side chains can be used to form polypeptides with improved binding properties in comparison to those engineered by biological methods.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-101403OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-101403DiVA: diva2:212936