A. Sesilja Aranko

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BACKGROUND Protein trans-splicing by naturally occurring split DnaE inteins is used for protein ligation of foreign peptide fragments. In order to widen biotechnological applications of protein trans-splicing, it is highly desirable to have split inteins with shorter C-terminal fragments, which can be chemically synthesized. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS We report(More)
Segmental isotopic labelling is a powerful method for the incorporation of stable isotopes into particular regions within proteins for NMR detection, thereby reducing the complexity of NMR spectra and offering the potential to perform sequential assignments. Here we have demonstrated segmental isotopic labelling of a domain in a multidomain protein both in(More)
Naturally split DnaE intein from Nostoc punctiforme (Npu) has robust protein trans-splicing activity and high tolerance of sequence variations at the splicing junctions. We determined the solution structure of a single chain variant of NpuDnaE intein by NMR spectroscopy. Based on the NMR structure and the backbone dynamics of the single chain NpuDnaE(More)
Alginate epimerases are large multidomain proteins capable of epimerising C5 on b-D-mannuronic acid (M) turning it into a-L-guluronic acid (G) in a polymeric alginate. Azotobacter vinelandii secretes a family of seven epimerases, each of which is capable of producing alginates with characteristic G distribution patterns. All seven epimerases consist of two(More)
Protein sequences are diversified on the DNA level by recombination and mutation and can be further increased on the RNA level by alternative RNA splicing, involving introns that have important roles in many biological processes. The protein version of introns (inteins), which catalyze protein splicing, were first reported in the 1990s. The biological roles(More)
UNLABELLED Protein splicing in trans by split inteins has become a useful tool for protein engineering in vivo and in vitro. Inteins require Cys, Ser or Thr at the first residue of the C-terminal flanking sequence because a thiol or hydroxyl group in the side chains is a nucleophile indispensable for the trans-esterification step during protein splicing.(More)
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