Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Resolution: 1.7 Å

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Enhanced protein thermostability from site-directed mutations that decrease the entropy of unfolding.

Matthews, B.W.Nicholson, H.Becktel, W.J.

(1987) Proc.Natl.Acad.Sci.USA 84: 6663-6667

  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  1L23

  • PubMed Abstract: 
  • It is proposed that the stability of a protein can be increased by selected amino acid substitutions that decrease the configurational entropy of unfolding. Two such substitutions, one of the form Xaa----Pro and the other of the form Gly----Xaa, were ...

    It is proposed that the stability of a protein can be increased by selected amino acid substitutions that decrease the configurational entropy of unfolding. Two such substitutions, one of the form Xaa----Pro and the other of the form Gly----Xaa, were constructed in bacteriophage T4 lysozyme at sites consistent with the known three-dimensional structure. Both substitutions stabilize the protein toward reversible and irreversible thermal denaturation at physiological pH. The substitutions have no effect on enzymatic activity. High-resolution crystallographic analysis of the proline-containing mutant protein (Ala-82----Pro) shows that its three-dimensional structure is essentially identical with the wild-type enzyme. The overall structure of the other mutant enzyme (Gly-77----Ala) is also very similar to wild-type lysozyme, although there are localized conformational adjustments in the vicinity of the altered amino acid. The combination of a number of such amino acid replacements, each of which is expected to contribute approximately 1 kcal/mol (1 cal = 4.184 J) to the free energy of folding, may provide a general strategy for substantial improvement in the stability of a protein.

    Related Citations: 
    • Crystallographic Data for Lysozyme from Bacteriophage T4
      Matthews, B.W.,Dahlquist, F.W.,Maynard, A.Y.
      (1973) J.Mol.Biol. 78: 575
    • Contributions of Left-Handed Helical Residues to the Structure and Stability of Bacteriophage T4 Lysozyme
      Nicholson, H.,Soderlind, E.,Tronrud, D.E.,Matthews, B.W.
      (1989) J.Mol.Biol. 210: 181
    • Hydrophobic Stabilization in T4 Lysozyme Determined Directly by Multiple Substitutions of Ile 3
      Matsumura, M.,Becktel, W.J.,Matthews, B.W.
      (1988) Nature 334: 406
    • Replacements of Pro86 in Phage T4 Lysozyme Extend an Alpha-Helix But Do not Alter Protein Stability
      Alber, T.,Bell, J.A.,Dao-Pin, S.,Nicholson, H.,Cook, J.A.Wozniak S.,Matthews, B.W.
      (1988) Science 239: 631
    • Comparison of the Predicted and Observed Secondary Structure of T4 Phage Lysozyme
      Matthews, B.W.
      (1975) Biochim.Biophys.Acta 405: 442
    • Enhanced Protein Thermostability from Designed Mutations that Interact with Alpha-Helix Dipoles
      Nicholson, H.,Becktel, W.J.,Matthews, B.W.
      (1988) Nature 336: 651
    • Structural Analysis of the Temperature-Sensitive Mutant of Bacteriophage T4 Lysozyme, Glycine 156 (Right Arrow) Aspartic Acid
      Gray, T.M.,Matthews, B.W.
      (1987) J.Biol.Chem. 262: 16858
    • Crystallographic Determination of the Mode of Binding of Oligosaccharides to T4 Bacteriophage Lysozyme. Implications for the Mechanism of Catalysis
      Anderson, W.F.,Gruetter, M.G.,Remington, S.J.,Weaver, L.H.,Matthews, B.W.
      (1981) J.Mol.Biol. 147: 523
    • Structural Studies of Mutants of the Lysozyme of Bacteriophage T4. The Temperature-Sensitive Mutant Protein Thr157 (Right Arrow) Ile
      Gruetter, M.G.,Gray, T.M.,Weaver, L.H.,Alber, T.,Wilson, K.,Matthews, B.W.
      (1987) J.Mol.Biol. 197: 315
    • Temperature-Sensitive Mutations of Bacteriophage T4 Lysozyme Occur at Sites with Low Mobility and Low Solvent Accessibility in the Folded Protein
      Alber, T.,Dao-Pin, S.,Nye, J.A.,Muchmore, D.C.,Matthews, B.W.
      (1987) Biochemistry 26: 3754
    • Structural Studies of Mutants of T4 Lysozyme that Alter Hydrophobic Stabilization
      Matsumura, M.,Wozniak, J.A.,Dao-Pin, S.,Matthews, B.W.
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    • Atomic Coordinates for T4 Phage Lysozyme
      Remington, S.J.,Teneyck, L.F.,Matthews, B.W.
      (1977) Biochem.Biophys.Res.Commun. 75: 265
    • Contributions of Hydrogen Bonds of Thr 157 to the Thermodynamic Stability of Phage T4 Lysozyme
      Alber, T.,Dao-Pin, S.,Wilson, K.,Wozniak, J.A.,Cook, S.P.,Matthews, B.W.
      (1987) Nature 330: 41
    • Structure of Bacteriophage T4 Lysozyme Refined at 1.7 Angstroms Resolution
      Weaver, L.H.,Matthews, B.W.
      (1987) J.Mol.Biol. 193: 189
    • High-Resolution Structure of the Temperature-Sensitive Mutant of Phage Lysozyme, Arg 96 (Right Arrow) His
      Weaver, L.H.,Gray, T.M.,Gruetter, M.G.,Anderson, D.E.,Wozniak, J.A.,Dahlquist, F.W.,Matthews, B.W.
      (1989) Biochemistry 28: 3793
    • The Three Dimensional Structure of the Lysozyme from Bacteriophage T4
      Matthews, B.W.,Remington, S.J.
      (1974) Proc.Natl.Acad.Sci.USA 71: 4178
    • Common Precursor of Lysozymes of Hen Egg-White and Bacteriophage T4
      Matthews, B.W.,Gruetter, M.G.,Anderson, W.F.,Remington, S.J.
      (1981) Nature 290: 334
    • Structure of the Lysozyme from Bacteriophage T4, an Electron Density Map at 2.4 Angstroms Resolution
      Remington, S.J.,Anderson, W.F.,Owen, J.,Teneyck, L.F.,Grainger, C.T.,Matthews, B.W.
      (1978) J.Mol.Biol. 118: 81
    • Relation between Hen Egg White Lysozyme and Bacteriophage T4 Lysozyme. Evolutionary Implications
      Matthews, B.W.,Remington, S.J.,Gruetter, M.G.,Anderson, W.F.
      (1981) J.Mol.Biol. 147: 545

    Organizational Affiliation

    Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Oregon, Eugene 97403.


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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChainsSequence LengthOrganismDetails
164Enterobacteria phage T4N/A
Protein Feature View is not available: No corresponding UniProt sequence found.
Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Resolution: 1.7 Å
  • Space Group: P 32 2 1
Unit Cell:
Length (Å)Angle (°)
a = 61.200α = 90.00
b = 61.200β = 90.00
c = 97.100γ = 120.00
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