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Enhancing the Mechanical Stability of Proteins through a Cocktail Approach

TitleEnhancing the Mechanical Stability of Proteins through a Cocktail Approach
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsCao, Y, Li, YDevin, Li, H
JournalBIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL
Volume100
Pagination1794-1799
Date PublishedAPR 6
ISSN0006-3495
Abstract

Rationally enhancing the mechanical stability of proteins remains a challenge in the field of single molecule force spectroscopy. Here we demonstrate that it is feasible to use a ``cocktail{''} approach for combining more than one approach to enhance significantly the mechanical stability of proteins in an additive fashion. As a proof of principle, we show that metal chelation and protein-protein interaction can be combined to enhance the unfolding force of a protein to similar to 450 pN, which is > 3 times of its original value. This is also higher than the mechanical stability of most of proteins studied so far. We also extend such a cocktail concept to combine two different metal chelation sites to enhance protein mechanical stability. This approach opens new avenues to efficiently regulating the mechanical properties of proteins, and should be applicable to a wide range of elastomeric proteins.

DOI10.1016/j.bpj.2011.02.030