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Staphylococcal surface display for protein engineering and characterization

by Löfblom, John

Abstract (Summary)
Even though our understanding of mechanisms such as protein folding and molecular recognition is relatively poor, antibodies and alternative affinity proteins with entirely novel functions are today generated in a routine manner. The reason for this success is an engineering approach generally known as directed evolution.Directed evolution has provided researchers with a tool for circumventing our limited knowledge and hence the possibility to create novel molecules that by no means could have been designed today. The approach is based on construction of high-complexity combinatorial libraries from which protein variants with desired properties can be selected. Engineered proteins are already indispensable tools in nearly all areas of life science and the recent advent of mainly monoclonal antibodies as therapeutic agents has directed even more attention to the field of combinatorial protein engineering.In this thesis, I present the underlying research efforts of six original papers. The overall objective of the studies has been to develop and investigate a new staphylococcal surface display method for protein engineering and protein characterization. The technology is based on display of recombinant proteins on surface of the Gram-positive bacteria Staphylococcus carnosus. In two initial studies, two key issues were addressed in order to improve the protein engineering method in regard to affinity discrimination ability and transformation efficiency. The successful results enabled investigation of the staphylococcal display system for de novo generation of affibody molecules from large combinatorial libraries. In this study, a high-complexity protein library was for the first time displayed on surface of Gram-positive bacteria and by means of fluorescence-activated cell sorting, specific affinity proteins for tumor necrosis factor-alpha were isolated. Moreover, in following papers, the staphylococcal display method was further improved and investigated for affinity determination, soluble protein production and epitope mapping purposes in order to facilitate downstream characterizations of generated affinity proteins.Taken together, in these studies we have demonstrated that the staphylococcal display system is a powerful alternative to existing technologies for protein engineering and protein characterization.
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School:Kungliga Tekniska högskolan

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Doctoral Dissertation

Keywords:NATURAL SCIENCES; Biology; Cell and molecular biology; Molecular biology; affibody; combinatorial library; epitope mapping; Gram-positive bacteria; protein engineering; staphylococcal surface display

ISBN:9789171788344

Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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