Laura Frigotto

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We have isolated 2'-Fluoro-substituted RNA aptamers that bind to streptavidin (SA) with an affinity around 7 +/- 1.8 nM, comparable with that of recently described peptide aptamers. Binding to SA was not prevented by prior saturation with biotin, enabling nucleic acid aptamers to form useful ternary complexes. Mutagenesis, secondary structure analysis,(More)
Back in 2003, we published 'MAX' randomization, a process of non-degenerate saturation mutagenesis using exactly 20 codons (one for each amino acid) or else any required subset of those 20 codons. 'MAX' randomization saturates codons located in isolated positions within a protein, as might be required in enzyme engineering, or else on one face of an(More)
Elevated plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) plasma levels, responsible for reduced fibrinolysis, are associated with animal and human obesity and with increased cardiovascular disease. The expression of PAI-1 has been found recently in animal and human adipose tissue. Factors and mechanisms regulating such an expression remain to be elucidated. In(More)
The presentation of recombinant peptide libraries linked to their coding sequence can be referred to as 'peptide display'. Phage display is the most widely practiced peptide display technology but more recent alternatives such as CIS display, ribosome display and mRNA display offer advantages over phage for speed, library size and the display of unnatural(More)
We have combined two peptide library-screening systems, exploiting the benefits offered by both to select novel antagonistic agents of cJun. CIS display is an in vitro cell-free system that allows very large libraries (≤1014) to be interrogated. However, affinity-based screening conditions can poorly reflect those relevant to therapeutic application,(More)
We have previously described ProxiMAX, a technology that enables the fabrication of precise, combinatorial gene libraries via codon-by-codon saturation mutagenesis. ProxiMAX was originally performed using manual, enzymatic transfer of codons via blunt-end ligation. Here we present ColibraTM: an automated, proprietary version of ProxiMAX used specifically(More)
Beyond the natural proteome, high-throughput mutagenesis offers the protein engineer an opportunity to "tweak" the wild-type activity of a protein to create a recombinant protein with required attributes. Of the various approaches available, saturation mutagenesis is one of the core techniques employed by protein engineers, and in recent times,(More)
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