Glue your proteins of interest together: Fast and ultra-specific enzymatic conjugation of a protein with another, synthetic compounds or even whole cells
Processes and Methods (incl. Screening) : Life Sciences-HTS/HCS
Research Tools : Other
Nucleic Acid-, Protein and Cell-related Technologies : Protein related
Nucleic Acid-, Protein and Cell-related Technologies : Cell related
Conjugation methods are essential tools in protein engineering, drug development and molecular research. They are used to generate covalent bonds in antibody drug conjugates (ADCs), to functionalize particles and surfaces, or to label target proteins in complex solutions. However, the currently employed methods suffer from a number of downsides, such as limited specificity, side reactions, a low catalytic efficiency, the requirement of non-physiological reaction conditions, or the need to introduce lengthy sequences in the target proteins.
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Biology have identified Connectase1, an enzyme that fuses target proteins or synthetic compounds via a small recognition tag. Connectase uses a different reaction mechanism compared to known protein ligases and thereby prevents side-reactions entirely. This mechanism allows the control of the reaction equilibrium in order to obtain complete molecular fusions. Connectase shows absolute specificity, even in highly complex solutions with minimum concentrations of target molecules. It is available in different variants, with temperature optima ranging from 20°C - 110°C, and with different recognition sequences for specific fusions in parallel. These characteristics present significant advantages over state-of-the-art methods and make Connectase the tool of choice for processes that require robust molecular fusions at high precision.
We are looking for licensing partners and in respect to adaptation to specific settings collaboration partners to the MPI to further apply this technology to other technical problems in order to solve them.
Patent application was filed.
Fuchs, A. C. D. et al. Archaeal Connectase is a specific and efficient protein ligase related to proteasome β subunits. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118, e2017871118, doi:10.1073/pnas.2017871118 (2021).
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