Our understanding of biological chemistry is shaped by the observation that all life comes from other life - as Pasteur put it, omne vivum ex vivo. A key step in expanding our biochemical vocabulary is to recapitulate biogenic catalysis using non-natural sequences that did not arise from common ancestry. Here we describe an enzyme designed completely de novo that hydrolyzes ATP. This protein was designed to lack β-sheet structure and is competitively inhibited by magnesium, two traits that are unlike natural ATPases.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Chemistry
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry