Chemically Induced Self-Assembly of Enzyme Nanorings

  • Brian R. White
  • Qing Li
  • Carston R. Wagner
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 743)


Continued exploration into the field of chemically induced dimerization (CID) has revealed a number of applications for its use in a broader context as a method of structural assembly (1–4). In particular, the use of CID technology to generate self-assembled (and selectively disassembled) protein toroids serves as a key advancement toward developing stable and controllable protein-based platforms. Such structures have broad application to the development of novel therapeutics, lab-on-a-chip technologies, and multi-enzyme assemblies (5, 6). This chapter describes a method of developing an enzymatically active protein nanostructure incorporating both a CID-based assembly region containing dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) and an enzymatic region consisting of histidine triad nucleotide binding protein 1 (Hint1). Details of both the production and the characterization of this structure are provided.

Key words

Enzyme nanorings DHFR Hint1 nanostructures self-assembly chemically induced dimerization bis-methotrexate gel filtration protein expression protein purification 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medicinal ChemistryUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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