Jochen Hecky

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Autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI) is a well-established therapeutic option for the treatment of cartilage defects of the knee joint. Since information concerning the cellular aspects of ACI is still limited, the aim of the present study was to investigate relevant differences between chondrocyte quality after in vitro cultivation and possible(More)
The choice of protein for use in technical and medical applications is limited by stability issues, making understanding and engineering of stability key. Here, enzyme destabilization by truncation was combined with directed evolution to create stable variants of TEM-1 beta-lactamase. This enzyme was chosen because of its implication in prodrug activation(More)
Improving enzyme stability is a highly desirable design step in generating enzymes able to function under extreme conditions, such as elevated temperatures, while having the additional benefit of being less susceptible to cleavage by proteases. For these reasons, many different approaches and techniques have been devised in constructing such proteins, but(More)
The twin-arginine translocation (TAT) pathway of the bacterial cytoplasmic membrane mediates translocation only of proteins that accomplished a native-like conformation. We deploy this feature in modular selection systems for directed evolution, in which folding helpers as well as dimeric or oligomeric protein-protein interactions enable TAT-dependent(More)
The stability of proteins is paramount for their therapeutic and industrial use and, thus, is a major task for protein engineering. Several types of chemical and physical stabilities are desired, and discussion revolves around whether each stability trait needs to be addressed separately and how specific and compatible stabilizing mutations act. We(More)
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