Joined: May 2002
And also from the lab of Dr. Yomo:
Protein Eng 2002 Jul;15(7):619-26.
Evolvability of random polypeptides through functional selection within a small library.
Yamauchi A, Nakashima T, Tokuriki N, Hosokawa M, Nogami H, Arioka S, Urabe I, Yomo T.
|A directed evolution with phage-displayed random polypeptides of about 140 amino acid residues was followed until the sixth generation under a selection based on affinity to a transition state analog for an esterase reaction. The experimental design deliberately limits the observation to only 10 clones per generation. The first generation consists of three soluble random polypeptides and seven arbitrarily chosen clones from a previously constructed library. The clone showing the highest affinity in a generation was selected and subjected to random mutagenesis to generate variants for the next generation. Even within only 10 arbitrarily chosen polypeptides in each of the generations, there are enough variants in accord to capacity of binding affinity. In addition, the binding capacity of the selected polypeptides showed a gradual continuous increase over the generation. Furthermore, the purified selected random polypeptides exhibited a gradual but significant increase in esterase activity. The ease of the functional development within a small sequence variety implies that enzyme evolution is prompted even within a small population of random polypeptides.|
Those wily Japanese. Such willing partners in the Grand Evolutionist Conspiracy.