Robert J. Floor

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Protein engineering strategies for increasing stability can be improved by replacing random mutagenesis and high-throughput screening by approaches that include bioinformatics and computational design. Mutations can be focused on regions in the structure that are most flexible and involved in the early steps of thermal unfolding. Sequence analysis can often(More)
Two highly engineered halohydrin dehalogenase variants were characterized in terms of their performance in dehalogenation and epoxide cyanolysis reactions. Both enzyme variants outperformed the wild-type enzyme in the cyanolysis of ethyl (S)-3,4-epoxybutyrate, a conversion yielding ethyl (R)-4-cyano-3-hydroxybutyrate, an important chiral building block for(More)
The ability to engineer enzymes and other proteins to any desired stability would have wide-ranging applications. Here, we demonstrate that computational design of a library with chemically diverse stabilizing mutations allows the engineering of drastically stabilized and fully functional variants of the mesostable enzyme limonene epoxide hydrolase. First,(More)
We explored the use of a computational design framework for the stabilization of the haloalkane dehalogenase LinB. Energy calculations, disulfide bond design, molecular dynamics simulations, and rational inspection of mutant structures predicted many stabilizing mutations. Screening of these in small mutant libraries led to the discovery of seventeen point(More)
To improve the applicability of halohydrin dehalogenase as a catalyst for reactions in the presence of organic cosolvents, we explored a computational library design strategy (Framework for Rapid Enzyme Stabilization by Computational libraries) that involves discovery and in silico evaluation of stabilizing mutations. Energy calculations, disulfide bond(More)
Protein engineering aimed at enhancing enzyme stability is increasingly supported by computational methods for calculation of mutant folding energies and for the design of disulfide bonds. To examine the accuracy of mutant structure predictions underlying these computational methods, crystal structures of thermostable limonene epoxide hydrolase variants(More)
We used directed evolution to obtain enantiocomplementary haloalkane dehalogenase variants that convert the toxic waste compound 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP) into highly enantioenriched (R)- or (S)-2,3-dichloropropan-1-ol, which can easily be converted into optically active epichlorohydrins-attractive intermediates for the synthesis of enantiopure fine(More)
Computational enzyme design holds great promise for providing new biocatalysts for synthetic chemistry. A strategy to design small mutant libraries of complementary enantioselective epoxide hydrolase variants for the production of highly enantioenriched (S,S)-diols and (R,R)-diols is developed. Key features of this strategy (CASCO, catalytic selectivity by(More)
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