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Dynamics of Metal Complex Binding in Relation to Catalytic Activity and Selectivity of an Artificial Metalloenzyme

submitted on 11.03.2020, 17:11 and posted on 12.03.2020, 11:04 by Lara Villarino, Shreyans Chordia, Lur Alonso-Cotchico, Eswar R. Reddem, Andy-Mark Thunnissen, Jean-Didier Maréchal, Gerard Roelfes
We present an artificial metalloenzyme based on the transcriptional regulator LmrR that exhibits a unique form of structural dynamics involving the positioning of its abiological cofactor. The position of the cofactor was found to relate to the preferred catalytic activity, which is either the enantioselective Friedel-Crafts alkylation of indoles with beta-substituted indoles or the tandem Friedel-Crafts alkylation / enantioselective protonation of indoles with alpha-substituted enones. The artificial metalloenzyme could be specialized for one of these reactions by introducing a single mutation in the protein.


European Research Council, grant no. 280010

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, grant no. 724.013.003

Xunta de Galicia, Plan I2C

Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, grant no. 024.001.035

Spanish MINECO, CTQ2017-87889-P


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University of Groningen, Stratingh Institute for Chemistry


the Netherlands

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Declaration of Conflict of Interest

no conflict of interest

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this is the first (original) submission