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Biopolymers. 2000;55(6):451-8.

Surface grafting onto template-assembled synthetic protein scaffolds in molecular recognition.

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Institute of Organic Chemistry, BCH-Dorigny, University of Lausanne, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland.


Creating functional biological molecules de novo requires a detailed understanding of the intimate relationship between primary sequence, folding mechanism, and packing topology, and remains up to now a most challenging goal in protein design and mimicry. As a consequence, the use of well-defined robust macromolecules as scaffolds for the introduction of function by grafting surface residues has become a major objective in protein engineering and de novo design. In this article, the concept of scaffolds is demonstrated on some selected examples, illustrating that novel types of functional molecules can be generated. Reengineered proteins and, most notably, de novo designed peptide scaffolds exhibiting molecular function, are ideal tools for structure-function studies and as leads in drug design.

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