Engineering Allostery into Proteins

  • Scott D. Gorman
  • Rebecca N. D’Amico
  • Dennis S. Winston
  • David D. BoehrEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1163)


Our ability to engineer protein structure and function has grown dramatically over recent years. Perhaps the next level in protein design is to develop proteins whose function can be regulated in response to various stimuli, including ligand binding, pH changes, and light. Endeavors toward these goals have tested and expanded on our understanding of protein function and allosteric regulation. In this chapter, we provide examples from different methods for developing new allosterically regulated proteins. These methods range from whole insertion of regulatory domains into new host proteins, to covalent attachment of photoswitches to generate light-responsive proteins, and to targeted changes to specific amino acid residues, especially to residues identified to be important for relaying allosteric information across the protein framework. Many of the examples we discuss have already found practical use in medical and biotechnology applications.


Allostery Protein regulation Protein engineering Energy landscape Amino acid network Domain insertion Covalent modification 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Scott D. Gorman
    • 1
  • Rebecca N. D’Amico
    • 1
  • Dennis S. Winston
    • 1
  • David D. Boehr
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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