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Computational Protein Design

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    Chapter 1 The Framework of Computational Protein Design.
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    Chapter 2 Achievements and Challenges in Computational Protein Design.
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    Chapter 3 Production of Computationally Designed Small Soluble- and Membrane-Proteins: Cloning, Expression, and Purification.
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    Chapter 4 Deterministic Search Methods for Computational Protein Design.
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    Chapter 5 Geometric Potentials for Computational Protein Sequence Design.
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    Chapter 6 Modeling Binding Affinity of Pathological Mutations for Computational Protein Design.
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    Chapter 7 Multistate Computational Protein Design with Backbone Ensembles.
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    Chapter 8 Integration of Molecular Dynamics Based Predictions into the Optimization of De Novo Protein Designs: Limitations and Benefits.
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    Chapter 9 Applications of Normal Mode Analysis Methods in Computational Protein Design.
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    Chapter 10 Computational Protein Design Under a Given Backbone Structure with the ABACUS Statistical Energy Function.
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    Chapter 11 Computational Protein Design Through Grafting and Stabilization.
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    Chapter 12 An Evolution-Based Approach to De Novo Protein Design.
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    Chapter 13 Parallel Computational Protein Design.
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    Chapter 14 Computational Protein Design
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    Chapter 15 OSPREY Predicts Resistance Mutations Using Positive and Negative Computational Protein Design.
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    Chapter 16 Evolution-Inspired Computational Design of Symmetric Proteins.
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    Chapter 17 A Protocol for the Design of Protein and Peptide Nanostructure Self-Assemblies Exploiting Synthetic Amino Acids.
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    Chapter 18 Probing Oligomerized Conformations of Defensin in the Membrane.
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    Chapter 19 Computational Design of Ligand Binding Proteins.
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    Chapter 20 EpiSweep: Computationally Driven Reengineering of Therapeutic Proteins to Reduce Immunogenicity While Maintaining Function.
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    Chapter 21 Computational Tools for Aiding Rational Antibody Design.
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    Chapter 22 Computational Design of Membrane Curvature-Sensing Peptides.
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    Chapter 23 Computational Tools for Allosteric Drug Discovery: Site Identification and Focus Library Design.
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Chapter title
OSPREY Predicts Resistance Mutations Using Positive and Negative Computational Protein Design.
Chapter number 15
Book title
Computational Protein Design
Published in
Methods in molecular biology, January 2017
DOI 10.1007/978-1-4939-6637-0_15
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Book ISBNs
978-1-4939-6635-6, 978-1-4939-6637-0

Adegoke Ojewole, Anna Lowegard, Pablo Gainza, Stephanie M. Reeve, Ivelin Georgiev, Amy C. Anderson, Bruce R. Donald, Ojewole, Adegoke, Lowegard, Anna, Gainza, Pablo, Reeve, Stephanie M, Georgiev, Ivelin, Anderson, Amy C, Donald, Bruce R, Reeve, Stephanie M., Anderson, Amy C., Donald, Bruce R.


Ilan Samish


Drug resistance in protein targets is an increasingly common phenomenon that reduces the efficacy of both existing and new antibiotics. However, knowledge of future resistance mutations during pre-clinical phases of drug development would enable the design of novel antibiotics that are robust against not only known resistant mutants, but also against those that have not yet been clinically observed. Computational structure-based protein design (CSPD) is a transformative field that enables the prediction of protein sequences with desired biochemical properties such as binding affinity and specificity to a target. The use of CSPD to predict previously unseen resistance mutations represents one of the frontiers of computational protein design. In a recent study (Reeve et al. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 112(3):749-754, 2015), we used our OSPREY (Open Source Protein REdesign for You) suite of CSPD algorithms to prospectively predict resistance mutations that arise in the active site of the dihydrofolate reductase enzyme from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (SaDHFR) in response to selective pressure from an experimental competitive inhibitor. We demonstrated that our top predicted candidates are indeed viable resistant mutants. Since that study, we have significantly enhanced the capabilities of OSPREY with not only improved modeling of backbone flexibility, but also efficient multi-state design, fast sparse approximations, partitioned continuous rotamers for more accurate energy bounds, and a computationally efficient representation of molecular-mechanics and quantum-mechanical energy functions. Here, using SaDHFR as an example, we present a protocol for resistance prediction using the latest version of OSPREY. Specifically, we show how to use a combination of positive and negative design to predict active site escape mutations that maintain the enzyme's catalytic function but selectively ablate binding of an inhibitor.

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Researcher 5 25%
Student > Ph. D. Student 3 15%
Student > Doctoral Student 2 10%
Student > Bachelor 2 10%
Student > Master 2 10%
Other 3 15%
Unknown 3 15%
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Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 5 25%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 3 15%
Medicine and Dentistry 2 10%
Computer Science 2 10%
Chemistry 2 10%
Other 2 10%
Unknown 4 20%