18 publications

18 publications

A Designed Functional Metalloenzyme that Reduces O2 to H2O with Over One Thousand Turnovers

Lu, Y.

Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 2012, 10.1002/anie.201201981

Rational design of functional enzymes with a high number of turnovers is a challenge, especially those with a complex active site, such as respiratory oxidases. Introducing two His and one Tyr residues into myoglobin resulted in enzymes that reduce O2 to H2O with more than 1000 turnovers (red line, see scheme) and minimal release of reactive oxygen species. The positioning of the Tyr residue is critical for activity.


Metal: Cu
Ligand type: Amino acid
Host protein: Myoglobin (Mb)
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Chemical & genetic
Max TON: 1056
ee: ---
PDB: 4FWX
Notes: Sperm whale myoglobin

A Designed Heme-[4Fe-4S] Metalloenzyme Catalyzes Sulfite Reduction like the Native Enzyme

Lu, Y.

Science, 2018, 10.1126/science.aat8474

Multielectron redox reactions often require multicofactor metalloenzymes to facilitate coupled electron and proton movement, but it is challenging to design artificial enzymes to catalyze these important reactions, owing to their structural and functional complexity. We report a designed heteronuclear heme-[4Fe-4S] cofactor in cytochrome c peroxidase as a structural and functional model of the enzyme sulfite reductase. The initial model exhibits spectroscopic and ligand-binding properties of the native enzyme, and sulfite reduction activity was improved—through rational tuning of the secondary sphere interactions around the [4Fe-4S] and the substrate-binding sites—to be close to that of the native enzyme. By offering insight into the requirements for a demanding six-electron, seven-proton reaction that has so far eluded synthetic catalysts, this study provides strategies for designing highly functional multicofactor artificial enzymes.


Metal: Fe
Host protein: Cytochrome c peroxidase
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Chemical & genetic
Reaction: Sulfite reduction
Max TON: ---
ee: ---
PDB: ---
Notes: Designed heteronuclear heme-[4Fe-4S] cofactor in cytochrome c peroxidase

A Designed Metalloenzyme Achieving the Catalytic Rate of a Native Enzyme

Lu, Y.; Wang, J.

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 10.1021/jacs.5b07119

Terminal oxidases catalyze four-electron reduction of oxygen to water, and the energy harvested is utilized to drive the synthesis of adenosine triphosphate. While much effort has been made to design a catalyst mimicking the function of terminal oxidases, most biomimetic catalysts have much lower activity than native oxidases. Herein we report a designed oxidase in myoglobin with an O2 reduction rate (52 s–1) comparable to that of a native cytochrome (cyt) cbb3 oxidase (50 s–1) under identical conditions. We achieved this goal by engineering more favorable electrostatic interactions between a functional oxidase model designed in sperm whale myoglobin and its native redox partner, cyt b5, resulting in a 400-fold electron transfer (ET) rate enhancement. Achieving high activity equivalent to that of native enzymes in a designed metalloenzyme offers deeper insight into the roles of tunable processes such as ET in oxidase activity and enzymatic function and may extend into applications such as more efficient oxygen reduction reaction catalysts for biofuel cells.


Metal: Cu
Ligand type: Amino acid
Host protein: Myoglobin (Mb)
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Genetic
Reaction: O2 reduction
Max TON: ---
ee: ---
PDB: ---
Notes: O2 reduction rates of 52 s-1 were achieved in combination with the native redox partner cyt b5.

A Site-Selective Dual Anchoring Strategy for Artificial Metalloprotein Design

Lu, Y.

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2004, 10.1021/ja046908x

Introducing nonnative metal ions or metal-containing prosthetic groups into a protein can dramatically expand the repertoire of its functionalities and thus its range of applications. Particularly challenging is the control of substrate-binding and thus reaction selectivity such as enantioselectivity. To meet this challenge, both non-covalent and single-point attachments of metal complexes have been demonstrated previously. Since the protein template did not evolve to bind artificial metal complexes tightly in a single conformation, efforts to restrict conformational freedom by modifying the metal complexes and/or the protein are required to achieve high enantioselectivity using the above two strategies. Here we report a novel site-selective dual anchoring (two-point covalent attachment) strategy to introduce an achiral manganese salen complex (Mn(salen)), into apo sperm whale myoglobin (Mb) with bioconjugation yield close to 100%. The enantioselective excess increases from 0.3% for non-covalent, to 12.3% for single point, and to 51.3% for dual anchoring attachments. The dual anchoring method has the advantage of restricting the conformational freedom of the metal complex in the protein and can be generally applied to protein incorporation of other metal complexes with minimal structural modification to either the metal complex or the protein.


Metal: Mn
Ligand type: Salen
Host protein: Myoglobin (Mb)
Anchoring strategy: Covalent
Optimization: Genetic
Reaction: Sulfoxidation
Max TON: 3.9
ee: 51
PDB: 1MBO
Notes: Sperm whale myoglobin

Catalytic Reduction of NO to N2O by a Designed Heme Copper Center in Myoglobin: Implications for the Role of Metal Ions

Lu, Y.

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2006, 10.1021/ja058822p


Metal: Cu
Ligand type: Amino acid; Porphyrin
Host protein: Myoglobin (Mb)
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Genetic
Max TON: 2400
ee: ---
PDB: ---
Notes: Sperm whale myoglobin

Defining the Role of Tyrosine and Rational Tuning of Oxidase Activity by Genetic Incorporation of Unnatural Tyrosine Analogs

Lu, Y.; Wang, J.

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 10.1021/ja5109936


Metal: Cu
Ligand type: Porphyrin
Host protein: Myoglobin (Mb)
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Chemical & genetic
Max TON: 1200
ee: ---
PDB: 4FWX
Notes: Sperm whale myoglobin

Design and Engineering of Artificial Oxygen-Activating Metalloenzymes

Review

Lombardi, A.; Lu, Y.

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2016, 10.1039/C5CS00923E


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Design of Functional Metalloproteins

Review

Lu, Y.

Nature, 2009, 10.1038/nature08304


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Introducing a 2-His-1-Glu Nonheme Iron Center into Myoglobin Confers Nitric Oxide Reductase Activity

Lu, Y.

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 10.1021/ja103516n


Metal: Fe
Ligand type: Amino acid
Host protein: Myoglobin (Mb)
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Genetic
Max TON: 320
ee: ---
PDB: 3MN0
Notes: Sperm whale myoglobin

Metalloenzyme Design and Engineering through Strategic Modifications of Native Protein Scaffolds

Review

Lu, Y.

Curr. Opin. Chem. Biol., 2014, 10.1016/j.cbpa.2014.01.006


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Noncovalent Modulation of pH-Dependent Reactivity of a Mn–Salen Cofactor in Myoglobin with Hydrogen Peroxide

Lu, Y.

Chem. - Eur. J., 2009, 10.1002/chem.200802449


Metal: Mn
Ligand type: Salen
Host protein: Myoglobin (Mb)
Anchoring strategy: Covalent
Optimization: Chemical & genetic
Reaction: Sulfoxidation
Max TON: 4.1
ee: 50
PDB: ---
Notes: Sperm whale myoglobin

Protein Scaffold of a Designed Metalloenzyme Enhances the Chemoselectivity in Sulfoxidation of Thioanisole

Lu, Y.

Chem. Commun., 2008, 10.1039/b718915j


Metal: Mn
Ligand type: Salen
Host protein: Myoglobin (Mb)
Anchoring strategy: Supramolecular
Optimization: Chemical & genetic
Reaction: Sulfoxidation
Max TON: 5.2
ee: 60
PDB: ---
Notes: Sperm whale myoglobin

Rational Design of a Structural and Functional Nitric Oxide Reductase

Lu, Y.

Nature, 2009, 10.1038/nature08620


Metal: Fe
Ligand type: Amino acid
Host protein: Myoglobin (Mb)
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Genetic
Reaction: NO reduction
Max TON: ~5
ee: ---
PDB: 3K9Z
Notes: Design of a catalytically active non-haem iron-binding site (FeB) in sperm whale myoglobin.

Roles of Glutamates and Metal Ions in a Rationally Designed Nitric Oxide Reductase Based on Myoglobin

Lu, Y.

Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A., 2010, 10.1073/pnas.1000526107


Metal: Fe
Ligand type: Amino acid
Host protein: Myoglobin (Mb)
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Genetic
Reaction: NO reduction
Max TON: ---
ee: ---
PDB: 3M39
Notes: X-ray structure of mutant I107E.

Metal: Cu
Ligand type: Amino acid
Host protein: Myoglobin (Mb)
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Genetic
Reaction: NO reduction
Max TON: ---
ee: ---
PDB: 3M3A
Notes: X-ray structure of mutant I107E.

Significant Improvement of Oxidase Activity Through the Genetic Incorporation of a Redox-Active Unnatural Amino Acid

Lu, Y.; Wang, J.

Chem. Sci., 2015, 10.1039/C5SC01126D


Metal: Cu
Ligand type: Amino acid
Host protein: Myoglobin (Mb)
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Genetic
Reaction: O2 reduction
Max TON: >1100
ee: ---
PDB: ---
Notes: Reduction potential was lowered by incorporation of the unnatural amino acid 3-methoxy tyrosine.

Significant Increase of Oxidase Activity through the Genetic Incorporation of a Tyrosine–Histidine Cross-Link in a Myoglobin Model of Heme–Copper Oxidase

Lu, Y.; Wang, J.

Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 2012, 10.1002/anie.201108756


Metal: Cu
Ligand type: Amino acid
Host protein: Myoglobin (Mb)
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Chemical & genetic
Max TON: 1100
ee: ---
PDB: ---
Notes: Sperm whale myoglobin

Systematic Tuning of Heme Redox Potentials and Its Effects on O2 Reduction Rates in a Designed Oxidase in Myoglobin

Lu, Y.

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 10.1021/ja5054863


Metal: Cu
Ligand type: Amino acid
Host protein: Myoglobin (Mb)
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Chemical & genetic
Max TON: 1600
ee: ---
PDB: 4FWX
Notes: Sperm whale myoglobin

The Important Role of Covalent Anchor Positions in Tuning Catalytic Properties of a Rationally Designed MnSalen-Containing Metalloenzyme

Lu, Y.; Zhang, J.-L.

ACS Catal., 2011, 10.1021/cs200258e


Metal: Mn
Ligand type: Salen
Host protein: Myoglobin (Mb)
Anchoring strategy: Covalent
Optimization: Genetic
Reaction: Sulfoxidation
Max TON: ---
ee: 83
PDB: ---
Notes: Reaction rate: 2.3 min-1