BBa_K2053000 (for Bronze medal): Thalassiosira pseudonana silaffin kinase (tpSTK1)
silaffin kinase (tpSTK1) is a central BioBrick part. It was described as an efficient diatom silaffin-phosphorylating enzyme . Since it was shown that phosphorylation of silaffins increased their biosilification activity , we hypothesized that phosphorylation of silica-binding peptide from our fusion protein would increase its biosilification properties.
To facilitate protein purification, we added a HisTag. To remove the HisTag, we separated the HisTag from the sequence by the TEV cleavage site sequence.
BBa_K2053002 (for Silver medal) : Fusion Si4-cellulose-binding domain-B of domain protein A
In order to functionalize a cellulose-based patch into a biodetection device we designed and created a fusion protein by assembling three parts: the phage displayed silica-binding peptide (Si4) , the Clostridium cellulovorans
cellulose-binding domain of cellulose-binding protein A (CBPa) , and the B domain of Staphylococcus aureus
protein A (BpA) . This fusion protein is used to bind to cellulose-based patch, increase its rigidity by biosilification, and make it a detection device by fixing the Fc fragment of specific antibodies. We used the preexisting iGEM BioBrick parts that we assembled thanks to commonly used flexible linkers .
To facilitate protein purification, we added a His-Tag composed of 6 histidines at the N-terminus, or C-terminus. To remove the His-Tag, we inserted a TEV (Tobacco Etch virus) cleavage site downstream from the His-Tag.
Fusion cellulose-binding domain of CBP-B domain of protein A (for Gold medal)
We improved previously existing BBa_K863110 and BBa_K103003 BioBricks parts by combining them, creating one part. It is a fusion protein between the Clostridium cellulovorans
cellulose-binding domain of cellulose-binding protein A (CBPa) with the B domain of Staphylococcus aureus
protein A (BpA). This fusion protein can be used to bind antibodies to cellulose.
To facilitate protein purification, we added a His-Tag. To remove the His-Tag, we separated the HisTag from the sequence by the TEV cleavage site sequence.
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 Crystallographic refinement and atomic models of a human Fc fragment and its complex with fragment B of protein A from Staphylococcus aureus
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