Rounding up: Engineering 12-membered rings from the cyclic 11-mer TRAP.


The protein TRAP (trp RNA binding attenuation protein) forms a highly thermostable ring-shaped 11-mer. By linking in tandem two, three, or four DNA sequences encoding TRAP monomers, we have engineered new rings that consist of 12 TRAP subunits and bind 12 ligand molecules. The hydrogen bonding pattern and buried surface area within and between subunits are… (More)


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