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Rational Design of Thermally Stable Proteins: Relevance to Bionanotechnology

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Design of thermally stable proteins is spurred by their applications in bionanotechnology. There are three major issues governing this: first, the upper limit on the temperature at which proteins remain physiologically active and are available for technological applications (answers may emerge from the discovery of new, natural hyperthermophilic enzymes that are active above 125 °C or from the selection of mutants of hyperthermophilic enzymes that are more stable); second, the use of hyperthermophilic enzymes as molecular templates to design highly stable enzymes that have high activity at low temperatures; third, the link between rigidity and flexibility to thermostability and activity, respectively. We review progress in these areas.
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Keywords: BACTERIORHODOPSIN; FERREDOXIN; PROTEIN THERMAL STABILITY; RATIONAL DESIGN; RUBREDOXIN; THERMALLY STABLE PROTEIN

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 01 November 2005

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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