3 publications

3 publications

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.

Design of Metal Cofactors Activated by a Protein–Protein Electron Transfer System

Ueno, T.

Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A., 2006, 10.1073/pnas.0510968103


Metal: Fe
Ligand type: Salophen
Host protein: Heme oxygenase (HO)
Anchoring strategy: Reconstitution
Optimization: Chemical
Reaction: O2 reduction
Max TON: ---
ee: ---
PDB: 1WZD
Notes: ---

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.