Ertl, J., et al. Tuning the product spectrum of a glycoside hydrolase enzyme by a combination of site‐directed mutagenesis and tyrosine‐specific chemical modification, A European Journal. Volume 25, Number 26
Selective chemical modification of proteins plays a pivotal role for the rational design of enzymes with novel and specific functionalities. In this study, a strategic combination of genetic and chemical engineering paves the way for systematic construction of biocatalysts by tuning the product spectrum of a levansucrase from Bacillus megaterium (Bm‐LS), which typically produces small levan‐like oligosaccharides. The implementation of site‐directed mutagenesis followed by a tyrosine‐specific modification enabled control of the product synthesis: depending on the position, the modification provoked either enrichment of short oligosaccharides (up to 800 % in some cases) or triggered the formation of high molecular weight polymer. The chemical modification can recover polymerization ability in variants with defective oligosaccharide binding motifs. Molecular dynamic (MD) simulations provided insights into the effect of modifying non‐native tyrosine residues on product specificity.