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Tetratrico peptide repeat (TPR) proteins have several interesting properties, including their folding characteristics, modular architecture and range of binding specificities. In the past five years, many 3D structures of TPR domains have been solved, revealing at a molecular level the versatility of this basic fold. Here, we discuss the structure of TPRs(More)
The tetratricopeptide repeat (TPR) is a 34-amino acid alpha-helical motif that occurs in over 300 different proteins. In the different proteins, three to sixteen or more TPR motifs occur in tandem arrays and function to mediate protein-protein interactions. The binding specificity of each TPR protein is different, although the underlying structural motif is(More)
The dissection and subsequent reassembly of a protein from peptidic fragments provides an avenue for controlling its tertiary structure and hence its function. Here, we describe a general method for the reassembly of protein fragments mediated by the noncovalent association of antiparallel leucine zippers. 1 Although a majority of leucine zippers associate(More)
Although they are widely distributed across kingdoms and are involved in a myriad of essential processes, until recently, repeat proteins have received little attention in comparison to globular proteins. As the name indicates, repeat proteins contain strings of tandem repeats of a basic structural element. In this respect, their construction is quite(More)
The tetratricopeptide repeat (TPR) is a 34-aa alpha-helical motif that occurs in tandem arrays in a variety of different proteins. In natural proteins, the number of TPR motifs ranges from 3 to 16 or more. These arrays function as molecular scaffolds and frequently mediate protein-protein interactions. We have shown that correctly folded TPR domain(More)
Identification of protein binding partners is one of the key challenges of proteomics. We recently introduced a screen for detecting protein-protein interactions based on reassembly of dissected fragments of green fluorescent protein fused to interacting peptides. Here, we present a set of comaintained Escherichia coli plasmids for the facile subcloning of(More)
Consensus design methods have been used successfully to engineer proteins with a particular fold, and moreover to engineer thermostable exemplars of particular folds. Here, we consider how a statistical free energy approach can expand upon current methods of phylogenetic design. As an example, we have analyzed the tetratricopeptide repeat (TPR) motif, using(More)
The folding/unfolding transitions of a series of designed consensus tetratricopeptide repeat proteins are quantitatively described by the classical one-dimensional Ising model, which thus represents a new folding paradigm for repeat proteins. Moreover, for the first time for any protein, a theoretical model predicts the folding/unfolding transition midpoint(More)
Protein design aims to understand the fundamentals of protein structure by creating novel proteins with pre-specified folds. An equally important goal is to understand protein function by creating novel proteins with pre-specified activities. Here we describe the design and characterization of a tetratricopeptide (TPR) protein, which binds to the C-terminal(More)
a parallel array, to produce an extended molecule with an overall superhelical architecture. This can be visualized as a spiral staircase in which the individual TPR and Biochemistry motifs are the steps. Precisely how the TPR fold may mediate protein-pro-2 Howard Hughes Medical Institute 3 Department of Chemistry tein interactions was first revealed by the(More)