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Curr Opin Struct Biol. 2001 Aug;11(4):464-71.

Core-directed protein design.

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Centre for Biomolecular Design and Drug Development, School of Biological Sciences, University of Sussex, Falmer BN1 9QG, UK.


For various reasons, it seems sensible to redesign or design proteins from the inside out. Past approaches in this field have involved iterations of mutagenesis and characterisation to 'evolve' designs. Increasingly, combinatorial approaches are being taken to select 'fit' sequences from libraries of variant proteins. In particular, in silico methods have been used to good effect. More recently, experimental methods have been developed and improved. We are now in a position to redesign stability and function into natural protein frameworks confidently and to attempt de novo designs for more ambitious targets.

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