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Functionalized protein nanomaterials and their biotechnological applications

Schmuck, Benjamin (2018). Functionalized protein nanomaterials and their biotechnological applications. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Uppsala, Sweden : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2018:57
ISBN 978-91-7760-254-5
eISBN 978-91-7760-255-2
[Doctoral thesis]

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As the ribosomal synthesis of a nascent polypeptide progresses, the chain immediately undergoes folding into α-helical and β-strand secondary structure elements. While the protein matures, the polypeptide collapses into higher order constructs that ultimately form the native protein state. Since this state represents only a local minimum on the energy landscape of protein folding, the living cell has to continuously ensure an intact proteome through elaborate cellular mechanisms. However, some proteins have a high intrinsic propensity to escape these mechanisms and re-fold, which initiates protein aggregation into β-sheet rich protein nanofibrils (PNF).

The accumulation of PNF in living cells can be problematic and trigger a number of diseases. Nevertheless, some organisms utilize the robustness of these aggregates to build protective shells or to form biofilms. The insight that PNF fulfil physiological functions in nature, has led to the discovery of many, biotechnological useful, material properties. PNF based materials are environmentally friendly and can be specifically designed through genetic engineering. A diameter of less than 10 nm confers an enormous surface area over volume ratio to the nanofibrils. In addition, the fibrils have mechanical properties that are similar to spider dragline silk, natures ‘high performance polymer’.

To exploit these properties biotechnologically, I aimed to solve critical challenges that delay real-world applications. First, I developed a strategy that allowed me to fibrillate the proteins Sup35 and Ure2 from Saccharomyces cerevisiae in a manner that ensures a maximal functionality of the active domains displayed on the surface of the nanofibrils. Second, I designed a set of biotechnological relevant fibrils to show that our fibrillation concept is universally applicable. Therefore, I assembled fibrils with an exceptional antibody binding capacity, antibiotic degrading properties, and compiled a reaction cascade of immobilized enzymes that process xylan biomass. Third, I characterized these functionalized fibrils in detail, which goes beyond the proof-of-concept stage. Fourth, I have raised an important question that concerns the choice of the proper methodology to upscale the production of PNF, to produce economical competitive products. As a first step towards this end goal, I used the methylotrophic yeast Komagataella pastoris as a host to produce ready-to-use fibrils, which can be separated from the yeast cells using centrifugation and water.

Still, additional major efforts are necessary to develop industrial-scale production methods. Another issue that awaits a solution, is the transfer of the nanofibril mechanical properties to macro-scale structures. To finally be able to close the gap between the laboratory to marketable product, a collaboration with industrial partners is required.

Authors/Creators:Schmuck, Benjamin
Title:Functionalized protein nanomaterials and their biotechnological applications
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2018
Depositing date:19 November 2018
Number of Pages:76
IBenjamin Schmuck, Mats Sandgren, and Torleif Härd* (2017). A fine-tuned composition of protein nanofibrils yields an upgraded functionality of displayed antibody binding domains. Biotechnology Journal, 12 (6), pp. 1600672.
IIBenjamin Schmuck, Mats Sandgren, and Torleif Härd* (2018). The kinetics of TEM1 antibiotic degrading enzymes that are displayed on Ure2 protein nanofibrils in a flow reactor. PLoS ONE, 13 (4), pp. e0196250.
IIIBenjamin Schmuck, Mikael Gudmundsson, Johanna Blomqvist, Henrik Hansson, Torleif Härd, and Mats Sandgren* (2018). Production of ready-to-use functional Sup35 nanofibrils secreted by Komagataella pastoris. ACS Nano, 12 (9), pp. 9363-9371.
IVBenjamin Schmuck, Mikael Gudmundsson, Torleif Härd, and Mats Sandgren* (2018). Synergetic optimization of a xylan processing reaction cascade built from three enzymes immobilized on Sup35 nanofibrils. (Manuscript).
Place of Publication:Uppsala, Sweden
Publisher:Department of Molecular Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-7760-254-5
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-7760-255-2
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:X Agricola extesions > X30 Life sciences
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Keywords:functionalized nanofibrils, amyloid, protein-based materials, Sup35, Ure2
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ID Code:15760
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Department of Molecular Sciences
External funders:FORMAS
Deposited By: Benjamin Schmuck
Deposited On:20 Nov 2018 08:23
Metadata Last Modified:09 Sep 2020 14:17

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