Incorporation, Expression, and Retained Enzymatic Activity of Six Tryptophan Analogues in Dihydrofolate Reductase at Positions 30 and 47
Due to a continued interest in the fundamental properties of dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) and its enzymatic activities, this study employed the use of six fluorescent tryptophan derivatives, for single site amino acid replacements. The two positions 30 and 47 within DHFR were studied to discover the rate at which these larger tryptophan analogues may be incorporated. Additionally, it was to be determined how much activity the mutated DHFR’s could retain when compared to their wild type counterpart. Through a review of literature, it was shown that previous studies have illustrated successful incorporation and toleration of unnatural amino acids.
Each of the six analogues A through F were relatively efficiently incorporated into the enzyme and well tolerated. Each maintained at least a third of their catalytic activity, measured through the consumption of β-nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate. Primarily, derivatives B, C, and D were able to retain the highest amount of activity in each position; B and D were the most tolerated in positions 30 and 47 with respective values of 68 ± 6.1 and 80 ± 12. The findings in this study illustrate that single tryptophan derivatives are able to be incorporated into Escherichia coli DHFR while still allowing the maintenance of a significant portion of its enzymatic activity.