Orchestrating the Biosynthesis of an Unnatural Pyrrolysine Amino Acid for Its Direct Incorporation into Proteins Inside Living Cells

Chemistry - A European Journal, Volume 21, Issue 21, pages 7701–7704, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201500971

Chemistry - A European Journal, online article

We here report the construction of an E. coli expression system able to manufacture an unnatural amino acid by artificial biosynthesis. This can be orchestrated with incorporation into protein by amber stop codon suppression inside a living cell. In our case an alkyne-bearing pyrrolysine amino acid was biosynthesized and incorporated site-specifically allowing orthogonal double protein labeling.



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