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CONSTRUCTS FOR EXPRESSING BIOLOGICAL MOLECULES THAT INTEGRATE INTO BACTERIAL MICROCOMPARTMENTS

United States Patent Application

20160222068
A1
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A conserved region of sequence in bacterial microcompartment (BMC) enzymes and proteins was identified. Peptide sequences derived from this conserved region of native BMC proteins and enzymes appear to target the hexameric facets of BMC shell proteins. These peptides were predicted to share general properties of a predicted alpha helical conformation, flanked by poorly conserved segment(s) of primary structure); for each type of encapsulated protein, and for each functionally distinct BMC. These peptides can be used as targeting signals for integrating biomolecules and molecules into bacterial microcompartments or for attaching molecules or biomolecules to native or non-native bacterial microcompartment shell proteins.
Kerfeld, Cheryl A. (Walnut Creek, CA), Kinney, James N. (Clayton, CA)
15/ 134,259
April 20, 2016
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENTAL SUPPORT [0002] This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.