Computational design of environmental sensors for the potent opioid fentanyl
Here, we describe the computational design of proteins that bind the potent analgesic fentanyl. Our approach employs a fast docking algorithm to find shape complementary ligand placement in protein scaffolds, followed by design of the surrounding residues to optimize binding affinity. Co-crystal structures of the highest affinity binder reveal a highly preorganized binding site, and an overall architecture and ligand placement in close agreement with the design model. We also use the designs to generate plant sensors for fentanyl by coupling ligand binding to design stability. The method should be generally useful for detecting toxic hydrophobic compounds in the environment.
- Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States). Dept. of Biochemistry
- Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO (United States). Dept. of Biology
- Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging, Berkeley Center for Structural Biology
- Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne (Switzlerland). Inst. of Chemical Science and Engineering; Max Planck Inst. for Medical Research, Heidelberg (Germany). Dept. of Chemical Biology
- Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States). Dept. of Biochemistry; Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States). Howard Hughes Medical Inst.
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- Journal Volume: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 2050-084X
- eLife Sciences Publications, Ltd.
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- Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
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- USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
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- United States
- 97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING
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- OSTI ID: 1392707; OSTI ID: 1416923