Date Thesis Awarded


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)




Douglas D. Young

Committee Member

Elizabeth Harbron

Committee Member

Deborah Bebout

Committee Member

Diane Shakes


Unnatural amino acids (UAAs) permit the incorporation of novel biochemical functionalities into proteins. This expansion of the genetic code has enabled enhanced spatial and temporal control of protein activity and conferred novel protein reactivity. This study examines the incorporation of three UAAs: fluoro-tyrosine, ortho-nitrobenzyl-tyrosine, and propargyloxy-phenylalanine towards various applications. Each UAA was successfully incorporated into a protein of interest (GFP or PRMT1) to facilitate the desired manipulation of protein function. The resulting alterations to GFP fluorescence, PRMT1 activity, or immobilization using Glaser-Hay bioconjugation demonstrate the success and practicality of the utilization of UAAs in the development of novel biochemical tools.

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