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Publication - Dr Ross Anderson

    Designed for life

    biocompatible de novo designed proteins and components


    Grayson, KJ & Anderson, JLR, 2018, ‘Designed for life: biocompatible de novo designed proteins and components’. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, vol 15.


    A principal goal of synthetic biology is the de novo design or redesign of biomolecular components. In addition to revealing fundamentally important information regarding natural biomolecular engineering and biochemistry, functional building blocks will ultimately be provided for applications including the manufacture of valuable products and therapeutics. To fully realize this ambitious goal, the designed components must be biocompatible, working in concert with natural biochemical processes and pathways, while not adversely affecting cellular function. For example, de novo protein design has provided us with a wide repertoire of structures and functions, including those that can be assembled and function in vivo Here we discuss such biocompatible designs, as well as others that have the potential to become biocompatible, including non-protein molecules, and routes to achieving full biological integration.

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