A de novo enzyme catalyzes a life-sustaining reaction in Escherichia coli.

TitleA de novo enzyme catalyzes a life-sustaining reaction in Escherichia coli.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsDonnelly, AE, Murphy, GS, Digianantonio, KM, Hecht, MH
JournalNat Chem Biol
Date Published2018 Jan 15
ISSN1552-4469
Abstract

Producing novel enzymes that are catalytically active in vitro and biologically functional in vivo is a key goal of synthetic biology. Here we describe Syn-F4, the first de novo protein that meets both criteria. Purified Syn-F4 hydrolyzes the siderophore ferric enterobactin, and expression of Syn-F4 allows an inviable strain of Escherichia coli to grow in iron-limited medium. These findings demonstrate that entirely new sequences can provide life-sustaining enzymatic functions in living organisms.

DOI10.1038/nchembio.2550
Alternate JournalNat. Chem. Biol.
PubMed ID29334382