FireProt: Energy- and Evolution-Based Computational Design of Thermostable Multiple-Point Mutants
Bednar, D., Beerens, K., Sebestova, E., Bendl, J., Khare, S., Chaloupkova, R., Prokop, Z., Brezovský, J., Baker, D., Damborsky, J., 2015, PLOS Computational Biology 11: e1004556.
FireProt is a robust computational strategy for predicting highly stable multiple-point mutants that combines energy- and evolution-based approaches with smart filtering to identify additive stabilizing mutations. We demonstrate that thermostability of the model enzymes can be substantially increased (ΔTm = 24°C and 21°C) by constructing and characterizing only a handful of multiple-point mutants. FireProt’s reliability and applicability was demonstrated by validating its predictions against 656 mutations from the ProTherm database. FireProt can be applied to any protein for which a tertiary structure and homologous sequences are available.
Site-specific Analysis of Protein Hydration Based on Unnatural Amino Acid Fluorescence
Amaro, M., Brezovsky, J., Kovacova, S., Sykora, J., Bednar, D., Nemec, V., Liskova, V., Kurumbang, N., Beerens, K., Chaloupkova, R., Paruch, K., Hof, M., Damborsky, J., 2015, Journal of the American Chemical Society 137: 4988-4992.
Hydration of proteins profoundly affects their functions. We describe a simple and general method for site-specific analysis of protein hydration based on the in vivo incorporation of fluorescent unnatural amino acids and their analysis by steady-state fluorescence spectroscopy. Using this method, we investigate the hydration of functionally important regions of dehalogenases DhaA and DbjA. The experimental results are compared to findings from molecular dynamics simulations. Given the ongoing development of unnatural amino acids technology, this method could potentially be used to analyze hydration at specific sites in a wide range of proteins.
Dynamics and Hydration Explain Failed Functional Transformation in Dehalogenase Design
Sykora, J., Brezovsky, J., Koudelakova, T., Lahoda, M., Fortova, A., Chernovets, T., Chaloupkova, R., Stepankova, Prokop, Z., Kuta Smatanova, I., Hof, M., Damborsky, J., 2014, Nature Chemical Biology 10: 428-430.
We emphasize the importance of dynamics and hydration for enzymatic catalysis and protein design by transplanting the active site from a haloalkane dehalogenase with high enantioselectivity to nonselective dehalogenase. Protein crystallography confirms that the active site geometry of the redesigned dehalogenase matches that of the target, but its enantioselectivity remains low. Time-dependent fluorescence shifts and computer simulations revealed that dynamics and hydration at the tunnel mouth differ substantially between the redesigned and target dehalogenase.
PredictSNP: Robust and Accurate Consensus Classifier for Prediction of Disease-Related Mutations
Bendl J., Stourac J., Salanda O., Pavelka A., Wieben E.D., Zendulka J., Brezovsky J., Damborsky J., 2014, PLOS Computational Biology 10: e1003440.
We have constructed three independent datasets by removing duplicities, inconsistencies and mutations previously used in the training of evaluated tools. The benchmark dataset containing over 43,000 mutations was employed for the unbiased evaluation of eight established prediction tools: MAPP, nsSNPAnalyzer, PANTHER, PhD-SNP, PolyPhen-1, PolyPhen-2, SIFT and SNAP. The six best performing tools were combined into a consensus classifier PredictSNP, resulting into significantly improved prediction performance and robustness. The web server and the datasets are freely available to the academic community at http://loschmidt.chemi.muni.cz/predictsnp.
Gates of Enzymes
Gora, A., Brezovsky, J., Damborsky, J., 2013, Chemical Reviews 113: 5871–5923.
This review highlights the importance of gates in enzymes. The gates control substrate access to the active site and product release, restrict solvent access to specific protein regions, and synchronize processes occurring in distinct parts of the enzyme. Survey of 129 gates in 71 enzymes enabled a rigorous definition of gates and establishment of a new scheme for their classification. Gates were assigned to six distinct classes – wings, swinging doors, apertures, drawbridges, double drawbridges and shells. Presented are summary statistics describing the propensity of specific amino acid residues in particular gate classes. The proposed classification scheme provides guidance for the analysis and engineering of gates in biomolecular systems.
Engineering Enzyme Stability and Resistance to an Organic Cosolvent by Modification of Residues in the Access Tunnel
Koudelakova, T., Chaloupkova, R., Brezovsky, J., Prokop, Z., Sebestova, E., Hesseler, M., Khabiri, M., Plevaka, M., Kulik, D., Kuta Smatanova, I., Rezacova, P., Ettrich, R., Bornscheuer, U. T., Damborsky, J., 2013, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 52: 1959-1963.
Mutations targeting as few as four residues lining the access tunnel extended enzyme’s half-life in 40% dimethyl sulfoxide from minutes to weeks (4,000-fold) and increased its melting temperature by 19 °C. Protein crystallography and molecular dynamics revealed that the tunnel residue packing is a key determinant of protein stability and the active-site accessibility for co-solvent molecules (red dots). The broad applicability of this concept was verified by analyzing twenty six proteins with buried active sites from all six enzyme classes.
CAVER 3.0: A Tool for Analysis of Transport Pathways in Dynamic Protein Structures
Chovancova, E., Pavelka, A., Benes, P., Strnad, O., Brezovsky, J., Kozlikova, B., Gora, A., Sustr, V., Klvana, M., Medek, P., Biedermannova, L., Sochor, J., Damborsky, J., 2012, PLOS Computational Biology 8: e1002708.
Tunnels and channels facilitate the transport of small molecules, ions and water solvent in a large variety of proteins. CAVER is a software tool widely used for the identification and characterization of transport pathways in static macromolecular structures. A new version of CAVER was developed enabling automatic analysis of tunnels and channels in large ensembles of protein conformations. CAVER 3.0 implements new algorithms for the calculation and clustering of pathways. The software is freely available as a multiplatform command-line application at http://www.caver.cz.
Enantioselectivity of Haloalkane Dehalogenases and its Modulation by Surface Loop Engineering
Prokop, Z., Sato, Y., Brezovsky, J., Mozga, T., Chaloupkova, R., Koudelakova, T., Jerabek, P., Stepankova, V., Natsume, R., Leeuwen, J. G. E., Janssen, D. B., Florian, J., Nagata, Y., Senda, T., Damborsky, J., 2010, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 49: 6111-6115.
Engineering of the surface loop in haloalkane dehalogenases affects their enantiodiscrimination behavior. The temperature dependence of the enantioselectivity (lnE versus 1/T) of β-bromoalkanes by haloalkane dehalogenases is reversed (red data points) by deletion of the surface loop; the selectivity switches back when an additional single-point mutation is made. This behavior is not observed for α-bromoesters.
Redesigning Dehalogenase Access Tunnels as a Strategy for Degrading an Anthropogenic Substrate
Pavlova, M., Klvana, M., Chaloupkova, R., Banas, P., Otyepka, M., Wade, R., Nagata, Y., Damborsky, J., 2009, Nature Chemical Biology 5: 727-733.
Engineering enzymes to degrade anthropogenic compounds efficiently is challenging. We obtained Rhodococcus rhodochrous haloalkane dehalogenase mutants with up to 32-fold higher activity than wild type toward the toxic, recalcitrant anthropogenic compound 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP) using a new strategy. Key residues in access tunnels connecting the buried active site with bulk solvent by rational design were identified and randomized by directed evolution. The most active mutant has large aromatic residues at two out of three randomized positions and two positions modified by site-directed mutagenesis. These changes apparently enhance activity with TCP by decreasing accessibility of the active site for water molecules, thereby promoting activated complex formation.
HotSpot Wizard: a Web Server for Identification of Hot Spots in Protein Engineering
Pavelka, A., Chovancova, E., Damborsky, J., 2009, Nucleic Acids Research 37: W376-W383.
HotSpot Wizard is a web server for automatic identification of ‘hot spots’ for engineering of substrate specificity, activity or enantioselectivity of enzymes and for annotation of protein structures. The web server implements the protein engineering protocol, which targets evolutionarily variable amino acid positions located in the active site or lining the access tunnels. The ‘hot spots’ for mutagenesis are selected through the integration of structural, functional and evolutionary information obtained from: (i) the databases RCSB PDB, UniProt, PDBSWS, Catalytic Site Atlas and nr NCBI and (ii) the tools CASTp, CAVER, BLAST, CD-HIT, MUSCLE and Rate4Site. The HotSpot Wizard is freely available at http://loschmidt.chemi.muni.cz/hotspotwizard/.