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The catalytic histidine of human neutrophil elastase was replaced with alanine (H57A) to determine if a substrate histidine could substitute for the missing catalytic group-'substrate-assisted catalysis'. H57A and wild-type elastase were recovered directly from Pichia pastoris following expression from a synthetic gene lacking the elastase pro sequence,(More)
Substrate-assisted catalysis (SAC) is the process by which a functional group in a substrate contributes to catalysis by an enzyme. SAC has been demonstrated for representatives of three major enzyme classes: serine proteases, GTPases, and type II restriction endonucleases, as well as lysozyme and hexose-1-phosphate uridylyltransferase. Moreover,(More)
Dimers of CH3 domains from human IgG1 were used to study the effect of mutations constructed at a domain-domain interface upon domain dissociation and unfolding, "complex stability". Alanine replacement mutants were constructed on one side of the interface for each of the sixteen interdomain contact residues by using a single-chain CH3 dimer in which the(More)
Among the most important advances in antibody engineering of this past year is the advent of new tools to study the relationship between protein (including antibody) structure and function. Very rapid large-scale mutational analysis of antibodies is now possible by using in vitro transcription and translation. Ribosome display is a rapidly evolving(More)
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