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2M7D: Trp-cage 16b P12W: a Hyperstable Miniprotein
RSC Adv (2013) 2013
The Trp-cage, at 20 residues in length, is generally acknowledged as the smallest fully protein-like folding motif. Linking the termini by a two-residue unit and excising one residue affords circularly permuted sequences that adopt the same structure. This represents the first successful circular permutation of any fold of less than 50-residue length. As was observed for the original topology, a hydrophobic staple near the chain termini is required for enhanced fold stability.