Title: Rational modification of estrogen receptor by combination of computational and experimental analysis
Authors: FERRERO VALENTINAPEDOTTI MattiaCHIADO' AlessandroSIMONELLI L.CALZOLAI LUIGIVARANI LucaLETTIERI Teresa
Citation: PLOS ONE vol. 9 no. 7 p. e102658
Publisher: PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC89207
ISSN: 1932-6203
URI: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0102658
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC89207
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0102658
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: In this manuscript, we modulate the binding properties of estrogen receptor protein by rationally modifying the amino acid composition of its ligand binding domain. By combining sequence alignment and structural analysis of known ER-ligand complexes with computational analysis, we were able to predict ER mutants with altered binding properties. These predictions were experimentally confirmed by producing single point variants with up to an order of magnitude increased binding affinity towards some estrogen disrupting chemicals and reaching an IC50 value of 2 nM for the 17α−Ethinylestradiol ligand. Due to increased affinity and stability, utilizing such mutated ERs instead of the wild type ER as bio-recognition element would be beneficial in an assay or biosensor.
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