De novo design of integral membrane proteins

  title={De novo design of integral membrane proteins},
  author={Paul Whitley and Ingmarie Nilsson and Gunnar von Heijne},
  journal={Nature Structural Biology},
We have designed integral membrane proteins with one, two and four hydrophobic transmembrane segments of highly simplified amino acid composition and with appropriately placed positively charged lysine residues intended to control the overall membrane orientation. When expressed in Escherichia coli, these model proteins insert efficiently into the inner membrane and adopt the predicted topologies. This demonstrates the feasibility of de novo design of multi-spanning integral membrane proteins… CONTINUE READING