Construction of a highly stable artificial glutathione peroxidase on a protein nanoring†
Stable Protein One (SP1) is a boiling-stable oligomeric protein. The unique characteristics of SP1 offer a scaffold to design artificial enzymes against extreme temperature. Here, an efficient antioxidase is successfully constructed on the ring-shaped SP1 homododecamer. By means of computational design and genetic engineering, the active center of glutathione peroxidase (GPx), selenocysteine (Sec), is introduced to the SP1 monomer surface, and the self-assembly properties of the protein monomer lead to a ring-shaped SP1 with homododecamer catalytic selenium centers. This artificial selenoenzyme exhibits high GPx catalytic activity and shows a typical ping-pong kinetic mechanism. Moreover, it has a significantly broader temperature range and high thermostability. Owing to having multi-GPx active centers on a SP1 oligomer, this selenium-containing biomacromolecule exerts an excellent capability to protect cells from oxidative damage at the mitochondrial level. This strategy represents a new way to develop thermostable artificial nanoenzymes for some specific applications.