Synthetic molecular evolution is an iterative process of designing combinatorial libraries, based on known sequences, and screening the libraries orthogonally for members that have a particular set of desired properties.
We have used synthetic molecular evolution to discover:
Wiedman G, Kim SY, Zapata-Mercado E, Wimley WC, Hristova K. pH-Triggered, Macromolecule-Sized Poration of Lipid Bilayers by Synthetically Evolved Peptides. J Am Chem Soc. 2017 139(2):937-945. doi PubMed PMC (Collaboration with the Hristova Lab at Johns Hopkins)
Krauson AJ, Hall OM, Fuselier T, Starr CG, Kauffman WB, Wimley WC. Conformational Fine-Tuning of Pore-Forming Peptide Potency and Selectivity. J Am Chem Soc. 2015 Dec 30;137(51):16144-52. doi PubMed PMC
Krauson AJ, He J, Wimley AW, Hoffmann AR, Wimley WC. Synthetic molecular evolution of pore-forming peptides by iterative combinatorial library screening. ACS Chem Biol. 2013, 8(4):823-31. doi PubMed PMC
Krauson AJ, He J, Wimley WC. Gain-of-function analogues of the pore-forming peptide melittin selected by orthogonal high-throughput screening. J Am Chem Soc. 2012 Aug 1;134(30):12732-41. doi PubMed PMC
He L, Hoffmann AR, Serrano C, Hristova K, Wimley WC. High-throughput selection of transmembrane sequences that enhance receptor tyrosine kinase activation. J Mol Biol. 2011 412(1):43-54. doi PubMed PMC (Collaboration with the Hristova Lab at Johns Hopkins)