Today’s world is demanding new biotechnological processes dependent on efficient biocatalysts able to work under industrial conditions that require high operational stability, activity and selectivity. As such, the generation of process-specific enzymes involves iterative rounds of optimization where protein and computational engineering must coalesce. Emergent AlphaFold is helping to alleviate protein design campaigns, at a time when developments in computational design are drastically changing.
This special issue focuses on new trends in computational protein design aimed at streamlining experimental efforts and resources for protein engineering. From the use of artificial intelligence (AI), ancestral sequence reconstruction (ASR), to the application of atomistic design and molecular dynamic simulations, this special issue will illustrate this fascinating new research with several case-studies of the new-to-engineering biocatalysts in a range of biotechnological applications.
Authors are highly encouraged to submit original articles or reviews describing approaches that use computational algorithms for the design of industrial biocatalysts. The topics of this special issue include (but are not limited to):
● Protein engineering guided by artificial intelligence or atomistic design calculations
● The association of ancestral sequence reconstruction (ASR) and laboratory evolution
● Experimental protocols to generate valuable data as input for computational algorithms
● Methods to improve the accuracy of computational algorithms for increasing prediction effectiveness
● QM/MM, Molecular dynamics and ligand diffusion simulation approaches to perform computationally-guided directed evolution.
Dr. David González Pérez
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