Optimal scanning of all single-point mutants of a protein

Yuval Nov, Alexander Fulton, Karl Erich Jaeger

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In protein engineering, useful information may be gained from systematically generating and screening all single-point mutants of a given protein. We model and analyze an iterative two-stage procedure to generate all these mutants. At each position, L variants are generated in the first stage via saturation mutagenesis and are sequenced. In the second stage, the missing variants (out of the 19 possible single-point substitutions) are produced via site-directed mutagenesis. We study the economic tradeoff associated with varying L, and derive its optimal value given the experimental parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)990-997
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Computational Biology
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2013


  • complete site-saturation mutagenesis
  • optimal scanning
  • protein engineering
  • saturation mutagenesis.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mathematics
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Modeling and Simulation


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