Design of candida Antarctica Lipase B thermostability improvement by introducting extra disulfide bond into the enzyme

Usman Sumo Friend, Ahmad Randy, Arli Aditya Parikesit

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Candida Antarctica Lipase B (CALB) is extensively studied in enzymatic production of biodiesel, pharmaceutical products, detergents and other chemicals. One drawback of using CALB is its relatively low optimum temperature at 313 K (40°C). The objective of this research is to design CALB mutant with improved thermostability by introducing extra disulfide bond. Molecular dynamic simulation was conducted to get better insight into the process of thermal denaturation or unfolding in CALB. Thermal denaturation of CALB was accelerated by conducting simulation at high temperature. Molecular dynamic simulation of CALB was performed with GROMACS software package at 300-700 K. Prediction of possible mutation was done using "Disulfide by Design™" software. Selection of mutated residues was based on flexibility analysis of CALB. From those analyses, three mutants were designed, which are Mutant-1 (73LeuCys/151AlaCys), Mutant-2 (155TrpCys/294GluCys) and Mutant-3 (43ThrCys/67SerCys). Parameters that were used to compare the thermostability of mutant with wild type enzyme were Root Mean Square Deviations (RMSD), Solvent Accessible Surface Area (SASA), Radius of gyration (Rg) and secondary structure. Molecular dynamic simulation conducted on those three mutants showed that Mutant-1 has better thermostability compared to wild type CALB. We proposed the order of mutant thermostability improvement as follows: Mutant-1, Mutant-2 and Mutant-3, with Mutant-1 having better potential thermostability improvement and Mutant-3, the least stable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-118
Number of pages11
JournalOnLine Journal of Biological Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Candida antarctica Lipase B
  • Disulfide Bond
  • Molecular Dynamic Simulation
  • Mutation
  • Thermostability


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