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Protein promiscuity and its implications for biotechnology

Nobeli, Irilenia and Favia, A.D. and Thornton, Janet M. (2009) Protein promiscuity and its implications for biotechnology. Nature Biotechnology 27 , pp. 157-167. ISSN 1087-0156.

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Molecular recognition between proteins and their interacting partners underlies the biochemistry of living organisms. Specificity in this recognition is thought to be essential, whereas promiscuity is often associated with unwanted side effects, poor catalytic properties and errors in biological function. Recent experimental evidence suggests that promiscuity, not only in interactions but also in the actual function of proteins, is not as rare as was previously thought. This has implications not only for our fundamental understanding of molecular recognition and how protein function has evolved over time but also in the realm of biotechnology. Understanding protein promiscuity is becoming increasingly important not only to optimize protein engineering applications in areas as diverse as synthetic biology and metagenomics but also to lower attrition rates in drug discovery programs, identify drug interaction surfaces less susceptible to escape mutations and potentiate the power of polypharmacology.

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School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Biological Sciences
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Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2010 14:09
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