Bio-engineered hyper-functional “super” helicases

Taekjip Ha (Inventor), Sinan Arslan (Inventor)

Research output: Patent

Abstract

Conformationally-constrained helicases having improved activity and strength are provided. Methods of making conformationally-constrained helicases having improved activity and strength are provided. Methods of using conformationally-constrained helicases having improved activity and strength are provided. The present invention is based on the discovery of novel modified helicases that show dramatically enhanced helicase activity and increased strength as compared to unmodified helicases. As described further herein, it has been surprisingly discovered that, by controlling the conformation of certain subdomains such that the helicase remains in a closed form (e.g., by covalently crosslinking the 2B domain to the 1A domain or the 1B domain in a Rep helicase), a highly active and strong form of the helicase is achieved.
Original languageEnglish (US)
U.S. patent number11198855
StatePublished - Dec 14 2021

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