Evolutionary Methods in Biotechnology: Clever Tricks for Directed Evolution

Evolutionary Methods in Biotechnology: Clever Tricks for Directed Evolution

By: Andreas Schwienhorst (editor), Susanne Brakmann (editor)Hardback

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Miniturization and high throughput assay technology have brought the power of molecular evolution to the bioscience laboratory. Applied wisely, the evolutionary approach can quickly yield the desired result even where other methods have failed. From library generation by random or directed mutagenesis to screening and selection techniques -- the crucial steps for successful evolutionary biotechnology are described in detail in this practical guide that also includes valuable troubleshooting hints on frequently encountered problems. Modern methods for the surface display of peptides and proteins, selective enrichment of nucleic acid aptamers and high-throughput screening of industrial biocatalysts are explained, and computer-based methods for in silico protein and RNA engineering are described as an alternative to in vitro approaches. A special section covers the patenting regulations with regard to biotechnological innovations derived from directed evolution. As an added bonus, a CD-ROM is included that contains software tools for library design, selection of mutagenesis positions, and various predictive algorithms. In short, this practice oriented handbook is an indispensable tool for every scientist working in this interdisciplinary research area.

About Author

Susanne Brakmann is head of the junior research group "Applied Molecular Evolution" at the University of Leipzig (Germany) and a Member of the Biotechnological-Biomedical Center of Leipzig. She studied Chemistry at the Technical University of Braunschweig where she received her diploma in 1988, moving afterwards to the University of Karlsruhe to work on her thesis under the supervision of Reinhold Tacke (Ph. D. 1991). She was postdoctoral fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Gottingen where she worked with Manfred Eigen before she moved to Leipzig in 2001. She is interested in directed evolution as a tool for understanding and optimizing enzyme functions, focusing on nucleic acid polymerases and their biotechnological applications. Andreas Schwienhorst is a group leader at the Institute of Microbiology and Genetics at the University of Gottingen (Germany). He was born in Warendorf and did his studies of Biochemistry and Prehistory in Munster and Gottingen. His thesis was carried out at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry under the supervision of Manfred Eigen. He was a visiting scientist at the Salk Institute, La Jolla and the Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA), then took a position as a group leader at the Institute for Molecular Biotechnology before moving to the University of Gottingen in 1997. In 1998 he received the Biofuture Award. Currently, he is interested in the discovery of novel targets for drug intervention as well as in methods of molecular evolution and their applications in drug discovery and catalysis.


1 Introduction (Susanne Brakmann and Andreas Schwienhorst). References. 2 Generation of Mutant Libraries Using Random Mutagenesis (Susanne Brakmann and Bjorn F. Lindemann). 2.1 Introduction. 2.2 Materials. 2.2.1 Materials for Random PCR Mutagenesis. 2.2.2 Materials for Mutator Strain Passage. 2.3 Protocols. 2.3.1 Protocol for Random PCR Mutagenesis According to Joyce. 2.3.2 Protocol for Mutator Strain Passage. 2.4 Troubleshooting. References. 3 DNA Shuffling (Hikaru Suenaga, Masatoshi Goto, and Kensuke Furukawa). 3.1 Introduction. 3.2 Materials. 3.2.1 For Preparation of Parental Genes. 3.2.2 For Random Fragmentation by DNase I. 3.2.3 For Collection of DNA Fragments in Specific Molecular Size Ranges. 3.2.4 For Reassembly of These Fragments by Primerless PCR. 3.2.5 For Amplification of Reassembled Products by Conventional PCR with Primers. 3.3 Protocol. 3.3.1 Preparation of Parental Genes. 3.3.2 Random Fragmentation by DNase I. 3.3.3 Collection of DNA Fragments in Specific Molecular Size Ranges. 3.3.4 Reassembly of These Fragments by Primerless PCR. 3.3.5 Amplification of Reassembled Products by Conventional PCR with Primers. 3.4 Troubleshooting. 3.4.1 Insufficient DNase I Fragmentation. 3.4.2 Little or No Product of Primerless PCR. 3.4.3 Little or No Product of PCR with Primers. 3.4.4 The Product of PCR with Primers is Multi-banded. 3.5 Amplification Examples.22 References. 4 DNA Recombination Using StEP (Milena Ninkovic). 4.1 Introduction. 4.2 Materials. 4.2.1 StEP PCR. 4.2.2 Purification of an Appropriate DNA Fragment. 4.2.3 Equipment. 4.3 Protocol. 4.4 Technical Tips. 4.4.1 Problem: Little or No PCR Product (Full-length Product) after PCR. 4.4.2 Problem: High Background Levels of DNA after PCR. 4.5 StEP in Directed Evolution. References. 5 FACS Screening of Combinatorial Peptide and Protein Libraries Displayed on the Surface of Escherichia coli Cells (Thorsten M. Adams, Hans-Ulrich Schmoldt, and Harald Kolmar). 5.1 Introduction. 5.2 Materials. 5.2.1 Escherichia coli Strains and Plasmids. 5.2.2 Liquid Media and Agar Plates. 5.2.3 Biological and Chemical Materials. 5.2.4 Equipment. 5.3 Protocols. 5.3.1 Verification of Cell Surface Exposure of the Passenger Protein. 5.3.2 Labeling of the Target Protein. 5.3.3 Library Construction. 5.3.4 Combinatorial Library Screening by FACS and MACS. 5.4 Troubleshooting. 5.5 Major Applications. References. 6 Selection of Phage-displayed Enzymes (Patrice Soumillion). 6.1 Introduction. 6.2 Materials. 6.2.1 Buffers, Reagents and Consumables. 6.2.2 Strains and Vectors. 6.3 Protocols. 6.3.1 The Phage-enzyme. 6.3.2 Library Construction. 6.3.3 Selection. 6.4 Troubleshooting. 6.4.1 Phage Titers Are Not Reproducible. 6.4.2 Phage-enzymes Degrade with Time. 6.4.3 Phages Are Not Genetically Stable. 6.4.4 The 'out/in' Ratio Does Not Increase with Selection Rounds. 6.5 Major Applications. References. 7 Selection of Aptamers (Heiko Fickert, Heike Betat, and Ulrich Hahn). 7.1 Introduction. 7.2 Materials. 7.2.1 Immobilization of Target Molecules. 7.2.2 PCR. 7.2.3 In vitro Transcription. 7.2.4 RNA Purification. 7.2.5 Selection of Aptamers. 7.2.6 Reverse Transcription. 7.3 Protocols. 7.3.1 Selection of RNA Aptamers. 7.3.2 Selection of 2--Modified RNA Aptamers. 7.3.3 Selection of ssDNA Aptamers. 7.3.4 Cloning and Sequencing. 7.3.5 Characterization of Aptamers. 7.3.6 Example: Isolation of Moenomycin A-specific Aptamers. 7.4 Troubleshooting. 7.5 Major Applications. References. 8 Methods for Selecting Catalytic Nucleic Acids (Benjamin L. Holley, and Bruce E. Eaton). 8.1 Introduction. 8.2 Materials and Equipment. 8.3 Protocols. 8.3.1 Generating the Starting Library. 8.3.2 Transcription. 8.3.3 Ligation. 8.3.4 Nucleic Acid-catalyzed Reactions. 8.3.5 Reverse Transcription. 8.3.6 Partitioning. 8.4 Troubleshooting. 8.5 Major Applications. References. 9 High-throughput Screening of Enantioselective Industrial Biocatalysts (Manfred T. Reetz). 9.1 Introduction. 9.2 Materials and Equipment. 9.2.1 Assays Based on Mass Spectrometry. 9.2.2 Assays Based on NMR Spectrometry. 9.2.3 Assay Based on FTIR Spectroscopy. 9.2.4 Assays Based on UV/Visible Spectroscopy. 9.2.5 Enzyme-coupled UV/Visible-based Assay for Hydrolases. 9.3 Protocols. 9.3.1 Assays Based on Mass Spectrometry. 9.3.2 Assays Based on NMR Spectroscopy. 9.3.3 Assay Based on FTIR Spectroscopy. 9.3.4 Assays Based on UV/Visible Spectroscopy. 9.3.5 Enzyme-coupled UV/Visible-based Assay for Hydrolases. 9.3.6 Further Assays. 9.4 Troubleshooting. 9.4.1 Comments on the Kazlauskas Test. 9.4.2 Potential Problems when Performing Kinetic Resolution. 9.5 Conclusions. References. 10 Computer-assisted Design of Doped Libraries (Dirk Tomandl and Andreas Schwienhorst). 10.1 Introduction. 10.2 Materials. 10.3 Protocol. 10.4 Troubleshooting. 10.5 Major Applications. References. 11 Directed in silico Mutagenesis (Markus Wiederstein, Peter Lackner, Ferry Kienberger, Manfred J. Sippl). 11.1 Introduction. 11.2 Materials. 11.2.1 PDB Files. 11.2.2 Knowledge-based Potentials. 11.2.3 Polyprotein, Z-scores. 11.2.4 In silico Mutagenesis. 11.2.5 Summary. 11.3 Protocol. 11.3.1 ProSa Setup and Interaction. 11.3.2 ProSa Objects. 11.3.3 Session 1 (mut script1.cmd). 11.3.4 Session 2 (mut script2.cmd). 11.3.5 Session 3 (mut script3.cmd). 11.3.6 Session 4 (mut script4.cmd). 11.3.7 Tips & Tricks. 11.4 Troubleshooting. 11.5 Major Applications. References. 12 RNA Folding in silico(Christoph Flamm, Ivo L. Hofacker, Peter F. Stadler). 12.1 Introduction. 12.2 Materials. 12.2.1 Typographical Conventions. 12.2.2 RNA Web Services. 12.3 Protocols. 12.3.1 Secondary Structures for Individual Sequences. 12.3.2 Consensus Structures of a Sample of Sequences. 12.3.3 Sequence Design. 12.3.4 Analysis of SELEX Experiments. 12.3.5 A Note for the Experts: Write your Own RNA Programs. 12.4 Troubleshooting. 12.5 Caveats. References. 13 Patenting in Evolutionary Biotechnology (Martina Leimkuhler and Hans-Wilhelm Meyers). 13.1 Introduction. 13.2 The Nature of Patents. 13.3 What Can Be Patented. 13.4 The Requirement of Novelty. 13.5 The Requirement of Inventiveness. 13.6 The Requirement of Utility. 13.7 The Requirements of Enablement and Written Description. 13.8 Patent Prosecution. 13.9 Search Tools. 13.10 The First-to-invent Principle of the United States and Its Consequences on Laboratory Notebook Keeping. 13.11 Summary. References. Subject Index.

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