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Chemical Synthesis Approaches to the Engineering of Ion Channels

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Chemoselective ligation strategies have previously provided synthetic access to water-soluble proteins with novel properties, and more recently these strategies have been used to prepare ion channels. Examples of ion channels prepared by total chemical synthesis include bacterial mechanosensitive channels, and viral ion channels. Chemical protein synthesis allows for the generation of ion channel proteins with both native, and engineered structural or conductance properties.

Keywords: chemical protein synthesis; ion channels; membrane proteins; native chemical ligation; protein engineering

Document Type: Review Article


Affiliations: Gryphon Therapeutics, 600 Gateway Boulevard, South San Francisco, CA 94080;

Publication date: November 1, 2005

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  • Protein & Peptide Letters publishes short papers in all important aspects of protein and peptide research, including structural studies, recombinant expression, function, synthesis, enzymology, immunology, molecular modeling, drug design etc. Manuscripts must have a significant element of novelty, timeliness and urgency that merit rapid publication. Reports of crystallisation, and preliminary structure determinations of biologically important proteins are acceptable. Purely theoretical papers are also acceptable provided they provide new insight into the principles of protein/peptide structure and function.

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