Correlated positions in protein evolution and engineering

  title={Correlated positions in protein evolution and engineering},
  author={Jorick Franceus and Tom Verhaeghe and Tom Desmet},
  journal={Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology},
Statistical analysis of a protein multiple sequence alignment can reveal groups of positions that undergo interdependent mutations throughout evolution. At these so-called correlated positions, only certain combinations of amino acids appear to be viable for maintaining proper folding, stability, catalytic activity or specificity. Therefore, it is often speculated that they could be interesting guides for semi-rational protein engineering purposes. Because they are a fingerprint from protein… CONTINUE READING