Hendil-Forssell P, Martinelle M, Syrén PO
Chem. Commun. (Camb.) 51 (97) 17221-17224 [2015-12-18; online 2015-10-02]
A novel enzyme engineering strategy for accelerated catalysis based on redesigning a water network through protein backbone deshielding is presented. Fundamental insight into the energetic consequences associated with the design is discussed in the light of experimental results and computer simulations. Using water as biobricks provides unique opportunities when transition state stabilisation is not easily attained by traditional enzyme engineering.