Ribosomes: Multicomponent ribonucleoprotein structures found in the CYTOPLASM of all cells, and in MITOCHONDRIA, and PLASTIDS. They function in PROTEIN BIOSYNTHESIS via GENETIC TRANSLATION.Amino Acid Sequence: The order of amino acids as they occur in a polypeptide chain. This is referred to as the primary structure of proteins. It is of fundamental importance in determining PROTEIN CONFORMATION.Amino Acids: Organic compounds that generally contain an amino (-NH2) and a carboxyl (-COOH) group. Twenty alpha-amino acids are the subunits which are polymerized to form proteins.Sequence Homology, Amino Acid: The degree of similarity between sequences of amino acids. This information is useful for the analyzing genetic relatedness of proteins and species.Species Specificity: The restriction of a characteristic behavior, anatomical structure or physical system, such as immune response; metabolic response, or gene or gene variant to the members of one species. It refers to that property which differentiates one species from another but it is also used for phylogenetic levels higher or lower than the species.Molecular Sequence Data: Descriptions of specific amino acid, carbohydrate, or nucleotide sequences which have appeared in the published literature and/or are deposited in and maintained by databanks such as GENBANK, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), National Biomedical Research Foundation (NBRF), or other sequence repositories.Base Sequence: The sequence of PURINES and PYRIMIDINES in nucleic acids and polynucleotides. It is also called nucleotide sequence.Thiocapsa roseopersicina: A species of THIOCAPSA which is facultatively aerobic and chemotrophic and which can utilize thiosulfate. 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This may be a natural or artificial effect.Gene Expression Profiling: The determination of the pattern of genes expressed at the level of GENETIC TRANSCRIPTION, under specific circumstances or in a specific cell.Models, Molecular: Models used experimentally or theoretically to study molecular shape, electronic properties, or interactions; includes analogous molecules, computer-generated graphics, and mechanical structures.Protein Conformation: The characteristic 3-dimensional shape of a protein, including the secondary, supersecondary (motifs), tertiary (domains) and quaternary structure of the peptide chain. PROTEIN STRUCTURE, QUATERNARY describes the conformation assumed by multimeric proteins (aggregates of more than one polypeptide chain).Macromolecular Substances: Compounds and molecular complexes that consist of very large numbers of atoms and are generally over 500 kDa in size. In biological systems macromolecular substances usually can be visualized using ELECTRON MICROSCOPY and are distinguished from ORGANELLES by the lack of a membrane structure.Sympathectomy: The removal or interruption of some part of the sympathetic nervous system for therapeutic or research purposes.Protein Binding: The process in which substances, either endogenous or exogenous, bind to proteins, peptides, enzymes, protein precursors, or allied compounds. Specific protein-binding measures are often used as assays in diagnostic assessments.Mass Spectrometry: An analytical method used in determining the identity of a chemical based on its mass using mass analyzers/mass spectrometers.Kinetics: The rate dynamics in chemical or physical systems.Periodicals as Topic: A publication issued at stated, more or less regular, intervals.Access to Information: Individual's rights to obtain and use information collected or generated by others.Journal Impact Factor: A quantitative measure of the frequency on average with which articles in a journal have been cited in a given period of time.Bibliometrics: The use of statistical methods in the analysis of a body of literature to reveal the historical development of subject fields and patterns of authorship, publication, and use. Formerly called statistical bibliography. (from The ALA Glossary of Library and Information Science, 1983)Publishing: "The business or profession of the commercial production and issuance of literature" (Webster's 3d). It includes the publisher, publication processes, editing and editors. Production may be by conventional printing methods or by electronic publishing.Peer Review, Research: The evaluation by experts of the quality and pertinence of research or research proposals of other experts in the same field. 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The specific sequence of AMINO ACIDS determines the shape the polypeptide will take, during PROTEIN FOLDING, and the function of the protein.Protein Folding: Processes involved in the formation of TERTIARY PROTEIN STRUCTURE.Sequence Analysis, Protein: A process that includes the determination of AMINO ACID SEQUENCE of a protein (or peptide, oligopeptide or peptide fragment) and the information analysis of the sequence.Databases, Protein: Databases containing information about PROTEINS such as AMINO ACID SEQUENCE; PROTEIN CONFORMATION; and other properties.Protein Structure, Secondary: The level of protein structure in which regular hydrogen-bond interactions within contiguous stretches of polypeptide chain give rise to alpha helices, beta strands (which align to form beta sheets) or other types of coils. This is the first folding level of protein conformation.Algorithms: A procedure consisting of a sequence of algebraic formulas and/or logical steps to calculate or determine a given task.Crystallography, X-Ray: The study of crystal structure using X-RAY DIFFRACTION techniques. (McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 4th ed)International Agencies: International organizations which provide health-related or other cooperative services.Terminology as Topic: The terms, expressions, designations, or symbols used in a particular science, discipline, or specialized subject area.X-Ray Diffraction: The scattering of x-rays by matter, especially crystals, with accompanying variation in intensity due to interference effects. Analysis of the crystal structure of materials is performed by passing x-rays through them and registering the diffraction image of the rays (CRYSTALLOGRAPHY, X-RAY). (From McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 4th ed)Membrane Proteins: Proteins which are found in membranes including cellular and intracellular membranes. They consist of two types, peripheral and integral proteins. They include most membrane-associated enzymes, antigenic proteins, transport proteins, and drug, hormone, and lectin receptors.Miniaturization: The design or construction of objects greatly reduced in scale.Automatic Data Processing: Data processing largely performed by automatic means.Quantum Theory: The theory that the radiation and absorption of energy take place in definite quantities called quanta (E) which vary in size and are defined by the equation E=hv in which h is Planck's constant and v is the frequency of the radiation.Organ Preservation Solutions: Solutions used to store organs and minimize tissue damage, particularly while awaiting implantation.Accidents, Traffic: Accidents on streets, roads, and highways involving drivers, passengers, pedestrians, or vehicles. 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Molecular chaperones: small heat shock proteins in the limelight. (1/15188)

Small heat shock proteins have been the Cinderellas of the molecular chaperone world, but now the crystal structure of a small heat shock protein has been solved and mutation of two human homologues implicated in genetic disease. Intermediate filaments appear to be one of the key targets of their chaperone activity.  (+info)

Crystal structure of MHC class II-associated p41 Ii fragment bound to cathepsin L reveals the structural basis for differentiation between cathepsins L and S. (2/15188)

The lysosomal cysteine proteases cathepsins S and L play crucial roles in the degradation of the invariant chain during maturation of MHC class II molecules and antigen processing. The p41 form of the invariant chain includes a fragment which specifically inhibits cathepsin L but not S. The crystal structure of the p41 fragment, a homologue of the thyroglobulin type-1 domains, has been determined at 2.0 A resolution in complex with cathepsin L. The structure of the p41 fragment demonstrates a novel fold, consisting of two subdomains, each stabilized by disulfide bridges. The first subdomain is an alpha-helix-beta-strand arrangement, whereas the second subdomain has a predominantly beta-strand arrangement. The wedge shape and three-loop arrangement of the p41 fragment bound to the active site cleft of cathepsin L are reminiscent of the inhibitory edge of cystatins, thus demonstrating the first example of convergent evolution observed in cysteine protease inhibitors. However, the different fold of the p41 fragment results in additional contacts with the top of the R-domain of the enzymes, which defines the specificity-determining S2 and S1' substrate-binding sites. This enables inhibitors based on the thyroglobulin type-1 domain fold, in contrast to the rather non-selective cystatins, to exhibit specificity for their target enzymes.  (+info)

Cryo-electron microscopy structure of an SH3 amyloid fibril and model of the molecular packing. (3/15188)

Amyloid fibrils are assemblies of misfolded proteins and are associated with pathological conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and the spongiform encephalopathies. In the amyloid diseases, a diverse group of normally soluble proteins self-assemble to form insoluble fibrils. X-ray fibre diffraction studies have shown that the protofilament cores of fibrils formed from the various proteins all contain a cross-beta-scaffold, with beta-strands perpendicular and beta-sheets parallel to the fibre axis. We have determined the threedimensional structure of an amyloid fibril, formed by the SH3 domain of phosphatidylinositol-3'-kinase, using cryo-electron microscopy and image processing at 25 A resolution. The structure is a double helix of two protofilament pairs wound around a hollow core, with a helical crossover repeat of approximately 600 A and an axial subunit repeat of approximately 27 A. The native SH3 domain is too compact to fit into the fibril density, and must unfold to adopt a longer, thinner shape in the amyloid form. The 20x40-A protofilaments can only accommodate one pair of flat beta-sheets stacked against each other, with very little inter-strand twist. We propose a model for the polypeptide packing as a basis for understanding the structure of amyloid fibrils in general.  (+info)

Structure of CD94 reveals a novel C-type lectin fold: implications for the NK cell-associated CD94/NKG2 receptors. (4/15188)

The crystal structure of the extracellular domain of CD94, a component of the CD94/NKG2 NK cell receptor, has been determined to 2.6 A resolution, revealing a unique variation of the C-type lectin fold. In this variation, the second alpha helix, corresponding to residues 102-112, is replaced by a loop, the putative carbohydrate-binding site is significantly altered, and the Ca2+-binding site appears nonfunctional. This structure may serve as a prototype for other NK cell receptors such as Ly-49, NKR-P1, and CD69. The CD94 dimer observed in the crystal has an extensive hydrophobic interface that stabilizes the loop conformation of residues 102-112. The formation of this dimer reveals a putative ligand-binding region for HLA-E and suggests how NKG2 interacts with CD94.  (+info)

Calorimetric studies on the stability of the ribosome-inactivating protein abrin II: effects of pH and ligand binding. (5/15188)

The effects of pH and ligand binding on the stability of abrin II, a heterodimeric ribosome-inactivating protein, and its subunits have been studied using high-sensitivity differential scanning calorimetry. At pH7.2, the calorimetric scan consists of two transitions, which correspond to the B-subunit [transition temperature (Tm) 319.2K] and the A-subunit (Tm 324.6K) of abrin II, as also confirmed by studies on the isolated A-subunit. The calorimetric enthalpy of the isolated A-subunit of abrin II is similar to that of the higher-temperature transition. However, its Tm is 2.4K lower than that of the higher-temperature peak of intact abrin II. This indicates that there is some interaction between the two subunits. Abrin II displays increased stability as the pH is decreased to 4.5. Lactose increases the Tm values as well as the enthalpies of both transitions. This effect is more pronounced at pH7.2 than at pH4.5. This suggests that ligand binding stabilizes the native conformation of abrin II. Analysis of the B-subunit transition temperature as a function of lactose concentration suggests that two lactose molecules bind to one molecule of abrin II at pH7.2. The presence of two binding sites for lactose on the abrin II molecule is also indicated by isothermal titration calorimetry. Plotting DeltaHm (the molar transition enthalpy at Tm) against Tm yielded values for DeltaCp (change in excess heat capacity) of 27+/-2 kJ.mol-1.K-1 for the B-subunit and 20+/-1 kJ.mol-1.K-1 for the A-subunit. These values have been used to calculate the thermal stability of abrin II and to surmise the mechanism of its transmembrane translocation.  (+info)

Melatonin biosynthesis: the structure of serotonin N-acetyltransferase at 2.5 A resolution suggests a catalytic mechanism. (6/15188)

Conversion of serotonin to N-acetylserotonin, the precursor of the circadian neurohormone melatonin, is catalyzed by serotonin N-acetyltransferase (AANAT) in a reaction requiring acetyl coenzyme A (AcCoA). AANAT is a globular protein consisting of an eight-stranded beta sheet flanked by five alpha helices; a conserved motif in the center of the beta sheet forms the cofactor binding site. Three polypeptide loops converge above the AcCoA binding site, creating a hydrophobic funnel leading toward the cofactor and serotonin binding sites in the protein interior. Two conserved histidines not found in other NATs are located at the bottom of the funnel in the active site, suggesting a catalytic mechanism for acetylation involving imidazole groups acting as general acid/base catalysts.  (+info)

Chaperone activity with a redox switch. (7/15188)

Hsp33, a member of a newly discovered heat shock protein family, was found to be a very potent molecular chaperone. Hsp33 is distinguished from all other known molecular chaperones by its mode of functional regulation. Its activity is redox regulated. Hsp33 is a cytoplasmically localized protein with highly reactive cysteines that respond quickly to changes in the redox environment. Oxidizing conditions like H2O2 cause disulfide bonds to form in Hsp33, a process that leads to the activation of its chaperone function. In vitro and in vivo experiments suggest that Hsp33 protects cells from oxidants, leading us to conclude that we have found a protein family that plays an important role in the bacterial defense system toward oxidative stress.  (+info)

Crystal structures of two Sm protein complexes and their implications for the assembly of the spliceosomal snRNPs. (8/15188)

The U1, U2, U4/U6, and U5 small nuclear ribonucleoprotein particles (snRNPs) involved in pre-mRNA splicing contain seven Sm proteins (B/B', D1, D2, D3, E, F, and G) in common, which assemble around the Sm site present in four of the major spliceosomal small nuclear RNAs (snRNAs). These proteins share a common sequence motif in two segments, Sm1 and Sm2, separated by a short variable linker. Crystal structures of two Sm protein complexes, D3B and D1D2, show that these proteins have a common fold containing an N-terminal helix followed by a strongly bent five-stranded antiparallel beta sheet, and the D1D2 and D3B dimers superpose closely in their core regions, including the dimer interfaces. The crystal structures suggest that the seven Sm proteins could form a closed ring and the snRNAs may be bound in the positively charged central hole.  (+info)

Author Summary Knotted proteins provide an ideal ground for examining how amino acid interactions (which are local) can favor their folding into a native state of non-trivial topology (which is a global property). Some of the mechanisms that can aid knot formation are investigated here by comparing coarse-grained folding simulations of two enzymes that are structurally similar, and yet have natively knotted and unknotted states, respectively. In folding simulations that exclusively promote the formation of native contacts, neither protein forms knots. Strikingly, when sequence-dependent non-native interactions between amino acids are introduced, one observes knotting events but only for the natively-knotted protein. The results support the importance of non-native interactions in favoring or disfavoring knotting events in the early stages of folding.
For several decades, the presence of knots in naturally-occurring proteins was largely ruled out a priori for its supposed incompatibility with the efficiency and robustness of folding processes. For this very same reason, the later discovery of several unrelated families of knotted proteins motivated researchers to look into the physico-chemical mechanisms governing the concerted sequence of folding steps leading to the consistent formation of the same knot type in the same protein location. Besides experiments, computational studies are providing considerable insight into these mechanisms. Here, we revisit a number of such recent investigations within a common conceptual and methodological framework. By considering studies employing protein models with different structural resolution (coarse-grained or atomistic) and various force fields (from pure native-centric to realistic atomistic ones), we focus on the role of native and non-native interactions. For various unrelated instances of knotted
In any normally functioning cell, two systems maintain protein quality. First, chaperone proteins, like fingers that fold paper into origami shapes, guide amino acid chains in folding into their final, proper protein forms. Second, the recycling systems dispose of misfolded proteins and ultimately breaks them up into individual amino acids. This system involves the proteasome, a protein complex found throughout the cytoplasm and nucleus of cells. "But it is unclear how misshapen proteins are recognized and shuttled to the proteasome to be degraded. This study moves the field forward because we showed that the system is common for many types of misfolded proteins," notes Yang.. In addition to identifying the step-by-step molecular players of the system that eliminates misfolded proteins, they also defined the systems method of action. The mechanism of action is a relay system with two proteins.. The first protein, PML/TRIM19, recognizes features of misfolded proteins such as exposed water-phobic ...
Protein folding is a complex process involving van der Waals and hydrophobic interactions, electrostatics, and hydrogen bonding networks. One approach to understanding protein folding is to design from scratch a particular protein fold, thoroughly characterize its solution properties, and determine its three-dimensional structure. The field of de novo protein design (1, 2) has experienced some recent exciting successes in the redesign of natural proteins to incorporate novel, functional metal-binding sites (3, 4). Also, the redesign of proteins patterned after the sequence or three-dimensional structural motifs such as the zinc finger (5-8), coiled coils (9), or other small protein domains (10, 11) has progressed quite significantly. Unnatural right-handed coiled coils have been successfully designed (12), and small, marginally stable models for protein secondary (13, 14) and supersecondary structures, including helix-loop-helix (15, 16) and three-stranded β-hairpin motifs (17-20), have been ...
Proteins can sometimes be knotted, and for many reasons the study of knotted proteins is rapidly becoming very important. For example, it has been proposed that a knot increases the stability of a protein. Knots may also alter enzymatic activities and enhance binding. Moreover, knotted proteins may even have some substantial biomedical significance in relation to illnesses such as Parkinsons disease. But to a large extent the biological role of knots remains a conundrum. In particular, there is no explanation why knotted proteins are so scarce. Here we argue that knots are relatively rare because they tend to cause swelling in proteins that are too short, and presently short proteins are over-represented in the Protein Data Bank (PDB). Using Monte Carlo simulations we predict that the figure-8 knot leads to the most compact protein configuration when the number of amino acids is in the range of 200-600. For the existence of the simplest knot, the trefoil, we estimate a theoretical upper bound ...
A Two-Layer Learning Architecture for Multi-Class Protein Folds Classification: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3604-0.ch041: Classification of protein folds plays a very important role in the protein structure discovery process, especially when traditional sequence alignment methods
2004 (English)In: Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, ISSN 0027-8424, Vol. 101, no 17, 6450-5 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published ...
Despite the vast number of amino-acid sequences, protein folds (or superfamilies) are quantitatively limited [1-4]. Consequently, protein fold classification is an important subject for elucidating the construction of protein tertiary structures. A key word to characterize protein folds is "hierarchy". Well-known databases - SCOP [5] and CATH [6] - have classified the tertiary structures of protein domains hierarchically. Similarly, a tree diagram was produced to classify the folds [7].. Mapping the tertiary structures of full-length protein domains to a conformational space, a structure distribution is generated: a so-called protein fold universe [8-11]. A key word to characterize the fold universe is "space partitioning". A two-dimensional (2D) representation of the fold universe was proposed in earlier reports [12, 13], where the universe was partitioned into three fold (α, β, and α/β) regions. A three-dimensional (3D) fold universe was partitioned into four fold regions: all-α, all-β, ...
1CIQ: Towards the complete structural characterization of a protein folding pathway: the structures of the denatured, transition and native states for the association/folding of two complementary fragments of cleaved chymotrypsin inhibitor 2. Direct evidence for a nucleation-condensation mechanism
1CIQ: Towards the complete structural characterization of a protein folding pathway: the structures of the denatured, transition and native states for the association/folding of two complementary fragments of cleaved chymotrypsin inhibitor 2. Direct evidence for a nucleation-condensation mechanism
The three-state model of Dunham et al. 1993 is among the simplest mechanisms containing more than one event in the activation-inactivation process. However, m
Protein folds show more flexibility than previously thought, but the flexibility appears designed. If its hard to get one fold to work, how about two in the…
This is what scientists were waiting for when the HIV virus was first tampered with. There are proteins in HIV that can be very very useful if mutated to created a proper protein for it. I imagine the purpose of this. You can imagine HIVs Multi-viral properties. HIV is known to rapidly evolve into different shaped cells which is why its so hard to target. But, i imagine that if this tamed it could possibly be used to convert any cell into a different cell. They were waiting for this to happen so they could nab that guy and extract that genome. The thing about HIV is its a super virus and it it gets tamed you can assure it will evolve up another stage which would produce some pretty deadly viruses that will be hazardous to anyone who does not have the immunity. But beyond this, it can be used to rapidly evolve the human race if they extract that genome. Its somewhat more important than simply just a cure we are talking about a virus that can PWN other disease that try to enter your body if the ...
Proteins, the ubiquitous workhorses of biochemistry, are huge molecules whose function depends on how they fold into intricate structures. To understand how these molecules work, researchers use c ...
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No mention of MS, and they say that, The split-second folding of gangly protein chains into tight three-dimensional shapes has broad implications for the growing number of disorders believed to result from misfolded proteins or parts of proteins, most notably ...
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All proteins that transit the secretory pathway in eukaryotic cells first enter the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), where they fold and assemble into multisubunit complexes prior to transit to the Golgi compartment [1]. Quality control is a surveillance mechanism that permits only properly folded proteins to exit the ER en route to other intracellular organelles and the cell surface. Misfolded proteins are either retained within the ER lumen in a complex with molecular chaperones or are directed toward degradation through the 26S proteasome in a process called ER-associated degradation (ERAD) or through autophagy. PROTEIN FOLDING AND QUALITY CONTROL IN THE ER Protein folding and maturation in vivo is a highly assisted process. The ER lumen contains molecular chaperones, folding enzymes, and quality control UPR SIGNALING 23 factors that assist in folding and trafficking of newly synthesized polypeptides. Nascent polypeptide chains enter the ER lumen through a proteinaceous channel, the Sec 61 ...
As a consequence of the rugged landscape of RNA molecules their folding is described by the kinetic partitioning mechanism according to which only a small fraction ($\phi_F$) reaches the folded state while the remaining fraction of molecules is kinetically trapped in misfolded intermediates. The transition from the misfolded states to the native state can far exceed biologically relevant time. Thus, RNA folding in vivo is often aided by protein cofactors, called RNA chaperones, that can rescue RNAs from a multitude of misfolded structures. We consider two models, based on chemical kinetics and chemical master equation, for describing assisted folding. In the passive model, applicable for class I substrates, transient interactions of misfolded structures with RNA chaperones alone are sufficient to destabilize the misfolded structures, thus entropically lowering the barrier to folding. For this mechanism to be efficient the intermediate ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complex between collapsed RNA and ...
Refolding of proteins is traditionally carried out either by diluting the denaturant-unfolded protein into buffer (GdmCl-jump) or by mixing the acid-denatured protein with strong buffer (pH-jump). The first method does not allow direct measurement of folding rates in water since the GdmCl cannot be infinitely diluted, and the second method suffers from the limitation that many proteins cannot be pH-denatured. Further, some proteins do not refold reversibly from low pH where they get trapped as aggregation prone intermediates. Here, we present an alternative approach for direct measurement of refolding rates in water, which does not rely on extrapolation. The protein is denatured in SDS, and is then mixed with -cyclodextrin, which rapidly strips SDS molecules from the protein, leaving the naked unfolded protein to refold.. ...
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Bacterial inclusion bodies are microscopic, ovoid-shaped aggregates of insoluble protein. Under protease exposure a digestion process is produced that reveals a variable fragmentation rate, not compatible with a surface restricted erosion of body particles, or an uniform sensibility to the fragmentation agent. The modelling and fitting of experimental data is performed in two steps. (a) Due to poor estimation of protein amounts only first derivatives can be numerically evaluated, and a non-linear first-order fragmentation model is adopted. Although it is a very good approximation for intermediate points, the asymtotic behaviour of the solution is inconsistent with the fragmentation process. (b) The solution of previous kinetic modelling is used to compute higher-order derivatives in intermediate points and to adopt a higher-order lineal model for the overall interval with protein fragmentation. The resulting model consists in a superposition of Poisson processes associated with several ...
Author Summary Most proteins are functional only in their native states. The stability of the native state of proteins is, therefore, of paramount importance both in vivo and for many biotechnological applications in vitro. Protein stability is determined by the difference between the free energies of the native and non-native states. It follows that protein stabilization can be achieved via two different strategies: (i) positive design by introducing favorable interactions between residues in contact in the native state; and (ii) negative design by introducing unfavorable interactions between residues in contact in the non-native states. Here, we ask when is one strategy favored over the other. We show that positive design is favored when interactions that stabilize the native state are rarely found in the non-native states whereas negative design is favored when the interactions that stabilize the native state are also common in the non-native states. We also show that correlated mutations, i
It is crucial for the Tat system to sense when complex proteins are fully ready for export, and several studies have investigated these issues with various redox proteins (Oresnik et al, 2001; Sargent, 2007; Schubert et al, 2007). Our studies on NrfC and NapG have shown that the Tat pathway recognizes when these proteins are misfolded or unable to assemble a full complement of FeS centres, and export is blocked (Matos et al, 2008). The study has also identified an additional and unexpected facet of NrfC/NapG export, in that the Tat system itself initiates the degradation of misfolded forms.. Here, we have identified TatD as a central element of this quality control system. This is surprising because TatD is not required for Tat export activity and the presence of the tatD gene in the tat operon has been regarded as fortuitous (Wexler et al, 2000). We found that TatD is not required for the export of NrfC, but is essential for the rapid turnover of mutated NrfC and NapG. These proteins are ...
A proteins function in the cell depends on its structure, which in turn depends on the intracellular environment. Stress like heat shock or nutrient starvation can alter intracellular conditions, leading to protein misfolding - i.e. the inability of a protein to reach or maintain its native conformation. Since many proteins interact with each other, protein misfolding and cellular stress response must be examined both on the scale of individual protein conformational changes and on a more global level, where interaction patterns can reveal larger-scale protein responses to cellular stress. On the individual scale, one example of a protein particularly susceptible to misfolding is the human von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) tumor suppressor. When expressed in the absence of its cofactors, VHL cannot fold correctly and is quickly degraded by the cells quality control machinery. Here, I present a biophysical characterization of a VHL mutation that confers increased resistance to misfolding. Mathematical ...
Molecular chaperones are central components of the cellular machinery that maintains protein homeostasis, and therefore have fundamental impact on cell physiology, aging and disease. Our goal is to understand the mechanisms of chaperone networks in protein biogenesis and quality control, and how these networks relate to cancer and neurodegeneration. We have three main research themes: (1) Biogenesis of proteins: A multi-layered machinery engages translating ribosomes to promote folding of newly synthesized proteins. We want to understand how this machinery guides nascent polypeptides to the native state, and how assembly of oligomeric protein complexes are achieved. (2) Cellular protein quality control: Perturbation of proteostasis activates quality control systems which refold and degrade misfolded proteins or sequester them into aggregates. We are investigating the organised aggregation of proteins in cells, and the mechanisms by which chaperones rescue aggregated proteins. (3) Propagation of ...
Protein-protein interactions are of fundamental importance to molecular biology because they determine a wide array of protein structures and functions. In addition to heterogeneous protein-protein complexes, many proteins are oligomeric due to the association of identical subunits. In fact, the majority, 70-80 %, of all enzymes are oligomeric [1]. The function of quaternary structure, i.e. the arrangement of multiple subunits into an oligomer, may be to allow for cooperative effects, formation of novel active sites, provide additional stability, increase solubility or decrease osmotic pressure [2]. The folding pathways of only a few oligomeric proteins (mostly dimers and tetramers) have been reported, revealing a variety of mechanisms [3-7]. Some proteins display monomeric or dimeric intermediates (e.g. E. coli Trp repressor and the ATPase SecA [8, 9]) whereas other fold in apparent two-state reactions in which folding and oligomerization are coupled (e.g. P22 Arc repressor [10, 11]). It ...
Proteins are the workhorses of the cell, and their correctly folded three-dimensional structures are critical to cellular functions. Misfolded structures often fail to properly perform these vital jobs, leading to cellular stress and devastating neurodegenerative disorders such as Huntingtons disease. Researchers will describe their multipronged efforts to gain a better understanding of the relationship between protein misfolding, aggregation and cell toxicity at the 58th Annual Biophysical Society Meeting.
A number of human diseases are known to result, directly or indirectly, from aberrant protein folding reactions. In addition to loosing their normal function, misfolded polypeptides may form toxic species, may exert dominant negative effects, or may not reach their proper cellular location. Recently, a direct involvement of molecular chaperones in human disorders has become increasingly evident. A major area of research in my laboratory is to study proteins with similarities to molecular chaperones that, when mutated, lead to neurodegenerative disorders. Expression of eukaryotic proteins in bacterial hosts often results in misfolding and aggregation, which has placed great limitations on their recombinant production. Another area of my research focuses on the mechanisms underlying the inability of the bacterial cytosol to support efficient folding of eukaryotic multi-domain proteins. We have found that bacteria and eukaryotes utilize markedly different pathways for de novo protein folding, and ...
At the moment, Im reading The role of molecular chaperones in human misfolding diseases [PDF] by Sarah A. Broadley and F. Ulrich Hartl of the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry. Its a good overview of the subject, with 107 references, mostly from 2002 on ...
Yadav, Subhash Chandra, Prasanna Kumari, N. K. and Jagannadham, Medicherla V. 2010, Deglycosylated milin unfolds via inactive monomeric intermediates, European biophysics journal, vol. 39, no. 12, pp. 1581-1588, doi: 10.1007/s00249-010-0615-x. ...
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To ensure proper folding, cells have evolved a sophisticated and essential machinery of proteins called molecular chaperones that assist the folding of newly made polypeptides. The importance of proper protein folding is underscored by the fact that a number of diseases, including Alzheimers and those involving infectious proteins (prions), result from protein-misfolding events. My research focuses on identifying and understanding the machinery necessary for efficient folding, as well as studying the mechanism and consequences of protein misfolding. We are also developing experimental and analytical approaches for exploring the organizational principles of complex biological systems.
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The seemingly limitless diversity of proteins in nature arose from only a few thousand domain prototypes, but the origin of these themselves has remained unclear. We are pursuing the hypothesis that they arose by fusion and accretion from an ancestral set of peptides active as co-factors in RNA-dependent replication and catalysis. Should this be true, contemporary domains may still contain vestiges of such peptides, which could be reconstructed by a comparative approach in the same way in which ancient vocabularies have been reconstructed by the comparative study of modern languages. To test this, we compared domains representative of known folds and identified 40 fragments whose similarity is indicative of common descent, yet which occur in domains currently not thought to be homologous. These fragments are widespread in the most ancient folds and enriched for iron-sulfur- and nucleic acid-binding. We propose that they represent the observable remnants of a primordial RNA-peptide world ...
The seemingly limitless diversity of proteins in nature arose from only a few thousand domain prototypes, but the origin of these themselves has remained unclear. We are pursuing the hypothesis that they arose by fusion and accretion from an ancestral set of peptides active as co-factors in RNA-dependent replication and catalysis. Should this be true, contemporary domains may still contain vestiges of such peptides, which could be reconstructed by a comparative approach in the same way in which ancient vocabularies have been reconstructed by the comparative study of modern languages. To test this, we compared domains representative of known folds and identified 40 fragments whose similarity is indicative of common descent, yet which occur in domains currently not thought to be homologous. These fragments are widespread in the most ancient folds and enriched for iron-sulfur- and nucleic acid-binding. We propose that they represent the observable remnants of a primordial RNA-peptide world ...
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A team of researchers of the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste and of University of Cambridge have devised a method to reduce the time used to simulate how proteins take on their signature three-dimensional ...
The free energy landscape and the folding mechanism of the C-terminal beta-hairpin of protein G is studied by extensive replica… Expand ...
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Cellular survival relies crucially on the ability to receive and communicate signals from and to the outside world. A major part of this regulation and communication is performed by proteins within the membrane of a cell.
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... in the activity of this G-protein-coupled receptor are classified into distinct classes that depend on the specific folding ... The Class I mutant protein's activity is compromised as specific point mutations in the protein-coding amino acid sequence ... This is an X-linked recessive phenotype characterized by a complete absence of XK cell surface proteins, and therefore markedly ... These mutations are found throughout the opsin gene and are distributed along the three domains of the protein (the intradiscal ...
See protein folding. A third approach that structural biologists take to understanding structure is bioinformatics to look for ... 3D encyclopedia of proteins and other molecules. Protein structure prediction Banaszak, Leonard J. (2000). Foundations of ... See protein structure prediction. In the past few years it has become possible for highly accurate physical molecular models to ... Examples of these models can be found in the Protein Data Bank. Biology portal Molecular and cellular biology portal Primary ...
See also protein folding). Bifurcated H-bond systems are common in alpha-helical transmembrane proteins between the backbone ... Protective osmolytes, such as trehalose and sorbitol, shift the protein folding equilibrium toward the folded state, in a ... The role of hydrogen bonds in protein folding has also been linked to osmolyte-induced protein stabilization. ... Proteins[edit]. In the secondary structure of proteins, hydrogen bonds form between the backbone oxygens and amide hydrogens. ...
Main article: Protein domain. Many proteins are composed of several protein domains, i.e. segments of a protein that fold into ... Most proteins fold into unique 3-dimensional structures. The shape into which a protein naturally folds is known as its native ... Dobson CM (2000). "The nature and significance of protein folding". In Pain RH. Mechanisms of Protein Folding. Oxford, ... globular proteins, fibrous proteins, and membrane proteins. Almost all globular proteins are soluble and many are enzymes. ...
Dill, Ken A. (1990). "Dominant forces in protein folding". Biochemistry. 29 (31): 7133-55. doi:10.1021/bi00483a001. PMID ... 3) are the most common positively charged moieties in proteins, specifically in the amino acid lysine.[16] The anionic polymer ... Andrade, Miguel A.; O'Donoghue, Seán I.; Rost, Burkhard (1998). "Adaptation of protein surfaces to subcellular location". ... which is one of the primary influences on the three-dimensional structures of proteins.[18] ...
... which explains the fast protein folding. This is also described as protein folding directed within funnel-like energy ... "protein folding is sped up and guided by the rapid formation of local interactions which then determine the further folding of ... including any possible folding redundancy). Therefore, if a protein were to attain its correctly folded configuration by ... the protein folding intermediates and the partially folded transition states were experimentally detected, ...
Simplified Representation of Protein Conformations for Rapid Simulation of Protein Folding. In: Journal of Molecular Biology. ... Protein Conformation, Dynamics and Folding by Computer Simulation. In: Annual Review of Biophysics and Bioengineering. Band 11 ... Protein Folding by Restrained Energy Minimization and Molecular Dynamics. In: Journal of Molecular Biology. Band 170, 1983, S. ... mit M. Gerstein, E.S. Huang, S. Subbiah, J. Tsai: Protein Folding: The End-Game. In: Annual Review of Biochemistry. Band 66, ...
Eisenberg, D.; McLachlan, A. D. (1986). "Solvation energy in protein folding and binding". Nature. 319 (6050): 199-203. doi: ... Proteins[2]. Amyloid[3]. Structural biology[4][5][6]. Institutions. Howard Hughes Medical Institute. University of Oxford. ... His research group hosts the Database of Interacting Proteins.[16] Career[edit]. *Postdoctoral research, Princeton University ( ... This recently recognized protein state provides opportunities to understand cells in health and disease.[17] ...
Mok KH, Pettersson J, Orrenius S, Svanborg C (March 2007). "HAMLET, protein folding, and tumor cell death". Biochem. Biophys. ... HAMLET is a possible chemotherapeutic agent with the ability to kill cancer cells.[1] Alpha-lactalbumin is the primary protein ... The partially folded conformation is essential to the cytotoxicity of HAMLET, as mutagenesis studies have shown that completely ... Hamlet has been shown to bind with high affinity to individual histone proteins, to be specific H2a, H2b, H3, and H4, as well ...
loss of proteostasis (protein folding and proteolysis). *deregulated nutrient sensing (relating to the Growth hormone/Insulin- ... Oxidative Protein Damage and Expression of Heat Shock Proteins, Inflammatory Factors, and Mitochondrial Complexes in Arctica ... Most known genetic interventions in C. elegans increase lifespan by 1.5 to 2.5-fold. As of 2009[update], the record for ... mTOR, a protein that inhibits autophagy, has been linked to ageing through the insulin signalling pathway. mTOR functions ...
Protein foldingEdit. A polypeptide chain in the cell does not have to stay linear; it can become branched or fold in on itself ... Protein synthesisEdit. Main article: Protein biosynthesis. Protein anabolism is the process by which protein are formed from ... Protein breakdownEdit. Main article: Proteolysis. Protein catabolism is the process by which proteins are broken down to their ... and protein folding. Proteins are made from amino acids. In humans, some amino acids can be synthesized using already existing ...
Anfinsen C.B. (1973). "Principles that Govern the Folding of Protein Chains". Science. 181 (4096): 223-30. doi:10.1126/science. ... PDB code: Code used to identify the structure of a protein in the PDB database of protein structures. The 3D atomic structure ... of a protein provides highly valuable information to understand the intimate details of its mechanism of action[3][4]. ... "3. Protein Structure and Function". Biochemistry. San Francisco: W. H. Freeman. ISBN 0-7167-4684-0 ...
Ohnishi S, Takano K (March 2004). "Amyloid fibrils from the viewpoint of protein folding". Cell. Mol. Life Sci. 61 (5): 511-24 ... Beta-amyloid is a fragment from a larger protein called amyloid precursor protein (APP), a transmembrane protein that ... ubiquitin-proteasome: protein ubiquitin along with enzymes is key for the degradation of many proteins that cause ... Extra glutamine residues can acquire toxic properties through a variety of ways, including irregular protein folding and ...
Protein folding: after RNA translation, proteins fold themselves up into their working shape. For every protein there are one ... 2002). "The shape and structure of proteins". Molecular biology of the cell. New York: 4th ed, Garland Science. ISBN 0-8153- ... or two shapes which are stable, but it is almost impossible to predict the folding from the sequence of amino acids.[1] ...
The Hsp70 system interacts with extended peptide segments of proteins as well as partially folded proteins to prevent ... Binding immunoglobulin protein (BiP or Grp78) is a protein localized to the endoplasmic reticulum. It is involved in protein ... The protein is then free to fold on its own, or to be transferred to other chaperones for further processing.[8] HOP (the Hsp70 ... Wegele H, Müller L, Buchner J (2004). Hsp70 and Hsp90 - a relay team for protein folding. Rev. Physiol. Biochem. Pharmacol. ...
The 'template free modeling (FM)' category includes models of proteins with previously unseen folds and hard analogous fold ... Selection of target proteins[edit]. In order to ensure that no predictor can have prior information about a protein's structure ... Critical Assessment of protein Structure Prediction, or CASP, is a community-wide, worldwide experiment for protein structure ... fold recognition (also called protein threading; Note, this is incorrect as threading is a method) ...
Protein Folding. Amsterdam: Elsevier. pp. 53-61. Milner-White, E J (1988-02-05). "Recurring loop motif in proteins that occurs ... Leader, DP; Milner-White, EJ (2011). "The structure of the ends of alpha-helices in globular proteins". Proteins. 79 (3): 1010- ... Two websites are available for examining small motifs in proteins, Motivated Proteins: [1]; or PDBeMotif: [2]. The majority of ... Leader, DP; Milner-White (2009). "Motivated Proteins: A web application for studying small three-dimensional protein motifs". ...
... it was later discovered that the precursor sequence folds more easily in vivo). BPTI was the cover image on a protein folding ... Richardson, J.S. (1981). "Anatomy and Taxonomy of Protein Structure". Advances in Protein Chemistry. Advances in Protein ... BPTI was important in the development of knowledge about the process of protein folding, the self-assembly of a polypeptide ... Thomas E. Creighton (1992). Protein Folding. W. H. Freeman. ISBN 978-0-7167-7027-5. Xu CY (Feb 2014). "permeability of blood- ...
The Max Planck Research Unit for Enzymology of Protein Folding. *The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology ...
... particularly the protein folding problem[3][6] within a family of molecules known as heat-shock proteins,[7][8] and prions.[9] ... "Prions and Protein Folding: Video talk by Dr. Susan Lindquist". Ibiology.org. 2015-06-16. Archived from the original on 2016-10 ... Lindquist was awarded the National Medal of Science in 2009 (presented in 2010), for research contributions to protein folding. ... Her group also developed a yeast "living test tube" model to study protein folding transitions in neurodegenerative diseases ...
This occurs when the amino acids within a protein interact. Due to the complexity of protein folding and activity, additive ... Similarly, at the protein level, proteins that function as dimers may form a heterodimer composed of one protein from each ... Horovitz A (1996). "Double-mutant cycles: a powerful tool for analyzing protein structure and function". Folding & Design. 1 (6 ... detrimental effects as the protein can no longer fold. This leads to negative epistasis whereby mutations that have little ...
Protein folding also generates stable conformational isomers which can be observed. The Karplus equation relates the dihedral ... The equation aids in the elucidation of protein folding as well as the conformations of other rigid aliphatic molecules.[13] ... Folding, including the secondary and tertiary structure of biopolymers (nucleic acids and proteins). ...
Tertiary Protein Structure and Folds: section From Principles of Protein Structure, Comparative Protein Modelling, and ... Also proteins are inherently constrained by folding kinetics as well as folding thermodynamics, so one must always be careful ... This type of structure forms easily during the protein folding process.[3][4] It was named after a pattern common to Greek ... Richardson JS (1981). Anatomy and Taxonomy of Protein Structures. Advances in Protein Chemistry. 34. pp. 167-339. doi:10.1016/ ...
"The alpha/beta hydrolase fold". Protein engineering. 5 (3): 197-211. doi:10.1093/protein/5.3.197. PMID 1409539. Loening, AM; ... Ward, William W.; Cormier, Milton J. (April 1978). "Energy Transfer Via Protein-Protein Interaction in Renilla Bioluminescence ... Protein engineering, design & selection : PEDS. 19 (9): 391-400. doi:10.1093/protein/gzl023. PMID 16857694. Anderson, JM; ... and is coupled with a closely interacting green fluorescent protein (RrGFP), and a Ca++ activated luciferin binding protein ( ...
Dobson CM (December 2003). "Protein folding and misfolding". Nature. 426 (6968): 884-90. doi:10.1038/nature02261. PMID 14685248 ... These proteins include: transthyretin (ATTR, the most commonly implicated protein), apolipoprotein A1, and gelsolin. Due to the ... Ghoshdastider U, Popp D, Burtnick LD, Robinson RC (2013). "The expanding superfamily of gelsolin homology domain proteins". ... The aggregation of one precursor protein leads to peripheral neuropathy and/or autonomic nervous system dysfunction. ...
... carbohydrate recognition and analysis of the b-prims fold". Protein Science. 8 (1): 13-24. doi:10.1110/ps.8.1.13. PMC 2144112. ... Protein Expression and Purification. 21 (1): 134-140. doi:10.1006/prep.2000.1353. PMID 11162398.. ... where he is a full professor of cell and molecular biology and head of the Center for Protein Chemistry of Hemocentro de ... "Expression and the purification of a disulphide rich protein in a hydrophobic resin environment, bothropstoxin-I a Lys49- ...
is the mechanism by which proteins are assembled. * Somehow the string of amino acids produced by a ribosome folds into a final ... The sequence of amino acids in proteins is determined by the sequence of bases in DNA, in the genes that encode the proteins ... and a mutation that interferes with protein folding so much that the enzyme has no activity at all. ... The mutant protein will have less activity than the non-mutant protein. ...
... is the physical process by which a polypeptide folds into its characteristic and functional three-dimensional ... proteins.[4] Many allergies are caused by the folding of the proteins, for the immune system does not produce antibodies for ... the folded protein (the right hand side of the figure), known as the native state. The resulting three-dimensional structure is ... Failure to fold into the intended shape usually produces inactive proteins with different properties including toxic prions. ...
For those interested in the ways proteins fold and interact each other. Its an exciting interdisciplinary phenomena, which ... For those interested in the ways proteins fold and interact each other. Its an exciting interdisciplinary phenomena, which ...
The method also brings a wealth of structural information about protein folding within reach. ... Labelling molecules by fast oxidation allows mass spectrometry to study protein folding at submillisecond time resolution. ... More experimental data about fast-folding proteins are essential to realize these desirable goals. Fast-folding proteins are ... There is currently great interest in fast-folding proteins. Computational simulations of protein folding have extended into the ...
Protein Folding Protocols presents protocols for studying and characterizing protein folding from the unfolded to the folded ... Protein Folding Protocols presents protocols for studying and characterizing protein folding from the unfolded to the folded ... and analyze the protein folding process. Protein Folding Protocols also provides sample approaches toward the prediction of ... A Hierarchical Protein Folding Scheme Based on the Building Block Folding Model ...
Pathways of protein folding.. Matthews CR1.. Author information. 1. Department of Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University, ... The data available from a variety of proteins point to the existence of three common stages of folding. 1. Initially, the ... 3. The final stage in folding corresponds to the concerted formation of many noncovalent interactions throughout the protein. ... The breadth of these conformational changes reflects the global cooperativity characteristic of protein folding reactions. A ...
The overall funneled nature of the folding landscape provides a first guess of how folding begins and continues: Proteins fold ... "Chemical Physics of Protein Folding," was quoted as saying, "What was called the protein folding problem 20 years ago is solved ... 1989) Mapping the transition state and pathway of protein folding by protein engineering. Nature 340(6229):122-126. ... 1992) Protein folding funnels: A kinetic approach to the sequence-structure relationship. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 89(18):8721- ...
Biophysicists propose new way to identify crucial factors for protein folding A proteins folding patterns help them perform ... Novel motion capture-like technology for tracking how proteins fold into certain shape In many modern animated movies, the ... scientists have for the first time measured at the nanometer scale the characteristic patterns of folds that give proteins ... even a tiny alteration in a proteins amino acid backbone can cause misfolding and hinder the proteins functionality or cause ...
... game Foldit have beaten dedicated software and human experts in working out the shape that will be adopted by novel proteins ... Players of the online game Foldit have managed to devise ways of folding proteins that had eluded both experts and protein ... Computer gamers crack protein-folding puzzle. WHO says computer games are a waste of time? ... Foldit presents players with proteins whose amino acids they can manipulate to alter the proteins shape. The goal is to find ...
... Serena2 at webtv.net Serena2 at webtv.net Wed Nov 12 01:51:38 EST 1997 *Previous message: (none) ... anyone have any exp w/ glutathione oxidation, cysteine oxidation, folding using detergents, , or other additives thank for your ... Next message: Is a tagged protein more prone to degradation? (Lysis protocols??) ... Next message: Is a tagged protein more prone to degradation? (Lysis protocols??) ...
A complete inventory of the forces governing protein folding is critical for productive protein modeling, including structure ... Secondary Forces in Protein Folding.. Newberry RW, Raines RT1.. Author information. 1. Department of Chemistry , Massachusetts ... The dominant contributors to protein folding include the hydrophobic effect and conventional hydrogen bonding, along with ... we estimate that weak but abundant interactions are likely to make greater overall contributions to protein folding, ...
Hubbard TJP, Sander C. Heat-shock and chaperone proteins: evidence for a role in protein folding. Protein Eng (in press).Google ... Specific intermediates in the folding reactions of small proteins and the mechanism of protein folding. Annu Rev Biochem 1982; ... Polypeptide chain binding proteins: catalysts of protein folding and related processes in cells. Cell 1989; 59: 591-601.PubMed ... Experimental studies of protein folding and unfolding. Prog Biophys Mol Biol 1978; 33: 231-97.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar ...
Supercomputer sets protein-folding record. Faster simulations follow protein movements for longer. ... Faster simulations follow protein movements for longer. ...
Folding@Home is a LARGE GRID COMPUTING effort. Presently over 1,000,000 computers and over 400,000 people have contributed. ... "priyajeet" started a team to do protein folding for humanities benefit and to have this community recognized. Were team 40051 ... A bunch of folds with big points keep arriving and our average is slowly climbing. Getting to be around 4,000/day. Our total ... Folded a couple beauties overnight.. XP2800+, Abit NF7, 1GB Dual-Channel DDR333, ATI R9800PRO 128MB, TT PurePower 420W, LG DVD+ ...
... explores folding kinetics and mechanisms, and also covers protein misfolding and presents methods for protein folding. ... It elucidates how protein structure is acquired and maintained, ... This Brief provides a snapshot of the field of protein folding ... Her current research interests focus on the folding of knotted proteins, and on protein misfolding and aggregation in a disease ... Protein Folding and Structure. Copyright. 2019. Publisher. Springer International Publishing. Copyright Holder. The Author(s ...
... Brooks objective in his research on apomyoglobin is to extend and complement findings ... Using sophisticated methods of NMR spectroscopy, these experiments give a rough picture of what parts of a protein are folded ... "Experimentally, people have begun to characterize these protein-folding intermediates as either metastable or transient ... It seems to unfold, however, in a particular way -- not in a continuous movement from folded to unfolded states but following a ...
... jacjentait jacjentait at xtra.co.nz Thu Nov 13 07:27:14 EST 2003 *Previous message: Pleated sheet ... not be the main knowledge to protein folding ? william james tait . *Previous message: Pleated sheet bridges and loops ... More information about the Proteins mailing list. ... Next message: protein folding puzzlement * Messages sorted by: ...
You can fold some of the proteins all of the time. A technique for identifying folding patterns of proteins using mass ... They believe the time needed to determine the fold family of a protein can be reduced to one week and that less than 10mg of ... and to contribute to the design of protein mimetics.. C&EN, June 5, 2000 ... protein may be required to elucidate macromolecular interactions, and multiple conformational states, ...
Nonnative interactions regulate folding and switching of myristoylated protein Dalit Shental-Bechor, Martin T.J. Smith, Duncan ... Simple few-state models reveal hidden complexity in protein folding Kyle A. Beauchamp, Robert McGibbon, Yu-Shan Lin and Vijay S ... Temperature dependence of protein folding kinetics in living cells Minghao Guo, Yangfan Xu and Martin Gruebele ... Folding pathways of proteins with increasing degree of sequence identities but different structure and function Rajanish Giri, ...
Z. Peng and L. C. Wu, "Autonomous protein folding units," Advanced in Protein Chemistry, vol. 53, pp. 1-30, 2000. View at ... Also, many protein folding simulations such as molecular dynamics (MD) require large amounts of CPU time for protein structure ... Owing to the speed of the physical model, the protein folding dynamic can be traced. Here, the protein energy is seen to ... 5] and Moore and Pearson [6]). Here, these principles are applied to the protein folding dynamic and the protein structure ...
Yeona Kang and Charles M. Fortmann, "An Alternative Approach to Protein Folding," BioMed Research International, vol. 2013, ... An Alternative Approach to Protein Folding. Yeona Kang and Charles M. Fortmann ...
A specially designed supercomputer named Anton has simulated changes in a proteins three-dimensional structure over a period ... of a millisecond - a time-scale more than a hundred-fold greater than the previous record. ... The simulations reveal... ... The simulations revealed how the proteins changed as they folded, unfolded and folded again. The agreement with experimental ... Supercomputer Sets Protein-Folding Record 63 Posted by Soulskill on Sunday October 17, 2010 @05:11AM. from the heres-your- ...
Recent publications (protein stability and folding). Moschen T, Tollinger M*.. A kinetic study of domain swapping in Protein L ... Protein Stability and Folding. Collaboration with. Kathrin Breuker (University of Innsbruck) Klaus R. Liedl (University of ... Electrostatic stabilization of native protein structure in the gas phase. Angew Chem Intl Ed Engl 2011 (50): 873-877. (open ...
Interests: protein folding; RNA folding; downhill folding; protein-protein interactions; biomolecular simulation; temperature ... protein misfolding; neuromuscular junction proteins; OB-fold proteins; protein dynamics; biophysics. ... Protein Folding in International Journal of Molecular Sciences (39 articles). *Protein Folding 2011 in International Journal of ... In recent years protein folding often seems to have become synonymous with protein structure prediction. The field of protein ...
These can be protein classification,classified under various schemes, but it is sometimes di... ... Protein structures adopt1 many different folds - or shapes. ... protein folds. (thing). by The Alchemist Tue Aug 14 2001 at 16: ... and presumably alter the fold. Prions are the best known examples of proteins with more than one stable fold (well, one ... That is, a protein structure is solved and the fold is compared to others of its basic type (the highest level of description ...
  • Cláudio M. Gomes is Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Faculty of Sciences (DQB-FCUL), University of Lisbon, where he heads the 'Protein Folding and Misfolding Laboratory' within BioISI - Biosystems and Integrative Sciences Institute. (springer.com)
  • He is an expert on structural biology, biochemistry and biophysics of protein stability, folding and misfolding, with +110 articles published (h-index 26). (springer.com)
  • The protein folding problem is regarded as one of the grandest biochemistry challenges of the last 50 years. (medium.com)
  • She presented the award to Schlebach at the Membrane Protein Folding Gordon Research Conference held from June 4 to 9 at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. According to Fleming, "Jonathan's work represents the best of many multiscalar approaches to cellular biochemistry, because it bridges rigorous biophysical measurements on protein stability to the phenotypic consequences in the cellular context. (asbmb.org)
  • Understanding the mechanism by which proteins fold up into unique three-dimensional architectures is a holy grail in molecular biology," explained Smith, who holds the first UT-ORNL Governor's Chair and is a member of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department at UT. (nanotech-now.com)
  • We found that the most stable parts of the final, folded protein come together first during the folding," said co-author Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology and of chemistry. (bio-medicine.org)
  • Klausner RD. Architectural editing: determining the fate of newly synthesized membrane proteins. (springer.com)
  • Accordingly, they also represent important targets for drug development, and an estimated 60% of currently available drugs are believed to target membrane proteins. (riken.jp)
  • On the other hand, experimental investigation of the structure and function of individual membrane proteins is routinely thwarted by the general difficulty of preparing large quantities of properly folded protein. (riken.jp)
  • However, the yield of membrane proteins obtained from cultured cells is generally inadequate, and scientists have had to tinker extensively with extract-based production methods to obtain usable quantities of functional protein. (riken.jp)
  • Now, a research team led by Shigeyuki Yokoyama at the RIKEN Systems and Structural Biology Center in Yokoyama has developed an efficient preparation method that produces high yields of functional membrane proteins 1 . (riken.jp)
  • More experimental data about fast-folding proteins are essential to realize these desirable goals. (nature.com)
  • Further experimental confirmation of downhill folding would provide crucial evidence in support of an important mechanistic model of protein folding - the energy-landscape theory 4 . (nature.com)
  • Experimental studies of protein folding and unfolding. (springer.com)
  • New experimental approaches and new ways of thinking about protein folding are described. (mdpi.com)
  • Generally, DSC is the accepted method to obtain experimental ΔCp data between folding and unfolding states of proteins. (prlog.org)
  • He hopes to combine the next generation of genetic tools that allow researchers to scan simultaneously hundreds of mutations with his experimental methods to identify how these modifications are borne out in the conformation of proteins in the cell. (asbmb.org)
  • We are conducting a large-scale analysis of more than one hundred proteins, and investigating new experimental methods (Hydrogen exchange mass spectrometry) to reveal insights relating to protein folding landscapes. (smith.edu)
  • By systematically varying conditions of the simulation in analogy to the experimental conditions of temperature and pH, we will probe the relationship between the experimental observables of HXMS and the underlying folding landscape. (smith.edu)
  • This will allow us to optimize methods of analysis to extract folding information from experimental HXMS profiles of proteins. (smith.edu)
  • Wittung-Stafshede's group, which specializes in experimental studies related to protein folding, tested the model's predictions against experimental data gathered for several forms of the protein azurin, a copper-containing protein that folds into a sandwich-like structure called a beta sheet, which is a common fold in nature that consists of two beta-sheets of amino-acid strands meshed together. (bio-medicine.org)
  • Bartlett AI, Radford SE (2009) An expanding arsenal of experimental methods yields an explosion of insights into protein folding mechanisms. (springer.com)
  • Only a combination of several simulation techniques can solve the sampling problems connected with all-atom protein folding, and allow computation of experimental observables that can validate the force fields and simulation techniques. (nih.gov)
  • Heat shock proteins. (springer.com)
  • Although a wide variety of survival strategies are deployed when cells are exposed to environmental challenges, such as heat stress, desiccation, chemical stress, or starvation, usually, the effector proteins are generically referred to as Heat Shock Proteins (HSPs). (springer.com)
  • The reason why they are called "heat shock" proteins is because their synthesis is induced when cells encounter high temperature or other conditions that may cause proteins to unfold or become unstable. (blogspot.com)
  • Dr. Burgess' group is now working to test a number of other heat shock proteins to see if they are also involved in wound healing. (genome.gov)
  • 2. The next phase involves the further development of secondary and the beginnings of specific tertiary structure throughout the protein as well as of measurable stability. (nih.gov)
  • This folding scheme emphasizes the progressive development of structure and stability through an ever-slowing set of reactions. (nih.gov)
  • The research programme of the group of Carlo van Mierlo is centred around protein folding and stability (see the links to current and previous research subjects of the group at the bottom of this web page). (wur.nl)
  • Using laser-based techniques, they have shown for the first time that cells strongly modulate the speed and stability of protein folding. (photonics.com)
  • Formation of intramolecular hydrogen bonds provides another important contribution to protein stability. (wikipedia.org)
  • Circularization did not lead to a significant thermodynamic stabilization of the full-length protein, suggesting that destabilizing enthalpic effects (e.g. strain) negate the expected favorable entropic contribution to overall stability. (umd.edu)
  • As far as we know, no one has ever used this type of knowledge-based, statistical approach to predict the stability cores of proteins," Ma said. (bio-medicine.org)
  • The comparison of ensemble FRET measurements on labeled proteins (both BBL and α-spectrin SH3) with CD measurements on the corresponding unlabeled proteins shows that the fluorophores do not affect the protein stability. (umd.edu)
  • Labelling molecules by fast oxidation allows mass spectrometry to study protein folding at submillisecond time resolution. (nature.com)
  • The number of water molecules included ranged from 3,800 to 6,600 as the protein partially unfolds (requiring more water to surround it), and the smallest simulation included about 14,400 atoms in total. (psc.edu)
  • Longer molecules have to move around more to fold, and therefore have slower speed limits. (innovations-report.com)
  • Protein molecules are chains of amino acids. (eurekalert.org)
  • Over the next few months, he and his colleagues plan to re-do the experiment using other protein molecules. (innovations-report.com)
  • The first comprehensive book to focus on the subject, Single Molecule Studies of Protein Folding deftly examines the two broad themes of the two principle single molecule methodologies used to study protein folding: force microscopy (AFM and optical / magnetic tweezers) and fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET), which is widely used to "measure" dimensions either within or between molecules over distances of 10-100A. (wiley.com)
  • Protein Design and More Molecules). (fold.it)
  • Knowing the lifetime of the molecules within a mixture is especially helpful for protein folding studies. (bio-medicine.org)
  • DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Most drugs interact with protein molecules to elicit a cellular response. (sbir.gov)
  • Yokoyama and colleagues solved this problem by developing a hybrid technique that incorporates elements of both preparation methods, synthesizing their proteins in a bacteria-derived extract containing both detergent and lipid molecules. (riken.jp)
  • When they are first synthesized, proteins can be visualized as random coils or even linear molecules consisting of a long string of amino acids joined end-to-end. (blogspot.com)
  • Eventually these newly synthesized molecules have to fold into a specific three-dimensional shape that's different for every protein. (blogspot.com)
  • In the thumbnail, the heat capacity is depicted to increase as the protein conformation changes from folded to unfolded. (prlog.org)
  • whereas, in the folded state the conformation approaches a continuum that under TIR confinement has electronic resonances in the UV.TIR stands for total internal reflection. (prlog.org)
  • Regardless of conformation, the heat capacity of the protein from the IR to the UV must vanish by QM. (prlog.org)
  • 2. Unfolded As the protein unfolds, the conformation frequencies gradually decrease from UV to the IR. (prlog.org)
  • What we ve developed is a simple and inexpensive sensor for determining when a protein changes its conformation," said study co-author Richard N. Zare, the Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor in Natural Science in Stanford s Department of Chemistry. (innovations-report.com)
  • Protein folding is the physical process by which a protein chain acquires its native 3-dimensional structure, a conformation that is usually biologically functional, in an expeditious and reproducible manner. (wikipedia.org)
  • The specific amino acid residues and their position in the polypeptide chain are the determining factors for which portions of the protein fold closely together and form its three dimensional conformation. (wikipedia.org)
  • However, this approach further showed that despite there being more of the protein in the membrane, the ability of chloride to move through the membrane either did not rise or diminished slightly depending on the type of cell used for the experiment: this indicates that Hsc70 also has the capacity to help ΔF508-CFTR adopt a conformation closer to normal CFTR protein. (nih.gov)
  • Selective inhibition of Hsp90 had little impact on the amount of ΔF508-CFTR in the membrane, but significantly reduced the ability of the channels present to transmit chloride, indicating that Hsp90 can help ΔF508-CFTR adopt a more functional conformation-presumably closer to that of normal CFTR protein-without promoting its degradation. (nih.gov)
  • Our findings present a compelling case for a newer view of protein folding which takes into account solvent mediated and amino acid shape and size assisted optimization of the tertiary structure of the polypeptide chain to make a functional protein that leads to survival of living systems over evolutionary timescales. (iitd.ac.in)
  • It is fundamental for our understanding of the living cell to know the rules that direct the folding process and determine the final tertiary structure of a protein. (liu.se)
  • Processes involved in the formation of Tertiary protein structure . (jove.com)
  • The method generally used to rapidly probe refolding is to measure the fluorescence of tryptophan amino-acid residues in a protein. (nature.com)
  • Tryptophan residues buried inside the protein fluoresce differently from those exposed to water, so that fluoresence serves as a global probe of folding. (nature.com)
  • One way to measure overall progress is how well the various teams predict 3-D contacts between protein residues, and that's been pretty impressive , likely due to a combination of larger databases and new machine-learning techniques to dig through them. (sciencemag.org)
  • However, there is strong evolutionary selection for functional residues and these cannot be chosen to optimize folding. (ncbs.res.in)
  • Here, we survey the effects of functional residues on folding by providing several examples. (ncbs.res.in)
  • Overall, an understanding of how functional residues modulate folding should provide insights into the design of natural proteins and their homeostasis. (ncbs.res.in)
  • The difference in the distribution of cis and trans configurations of proline residues in the protein after complete denaturation is a major determining factor of the final yield. (osti.gov)
  • A point mutation of one of four proline residues to an asparagine led to a near-doubling of the yield of refolded protein after complete denaturation. (osti.gov)
  • Instead, Thr 253 occurs within a region on the surface of α-tubulin that resembles a PKC phosphorylation site consensus motif formed by basic residues in different parts of the protein, which come together in the folded protein to form the recognition motif for PKCβI. (sciencemag.org)
  • Mutations of these basic residues decreased substrate phosphorylation, confirming the presence of this "structurally formed" consensus motif and its importance for the protein kinase-substrate interaction. (sciencemag.org)
  • Several neurodegenerative and other diseases are believed to result from the accumulation of misfolded (incorrectly folded) proteins. (princeton.edu)
  • Problems in folding can lead to diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. (news-medical.net)
  • Several neurodegenerative and other diseases are attributed to incorrect folding of certain proteins. (eurekalert.org)
  • More specifically, bacteriorhodopsin's structure is similar to that of proteins involved in many human diseases and targeted by many medicinal drugs. (eurekalert.org)
  • Gruebele said reactions affected by the cellular environment might be those related to Alzheimer's, Huntington's or mad cow diseases, all of which are characterized by protein misfolding and plaques. (photonics.com)
  • Misfolded proteins have been implicated in a number of diseases, including some cancers, as well as ailments related to aging, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. (science20.com)
  • Protein folding defects have also been implicated in other human diseases, including cystic fibrosis, a-1-antitrypsin deficiency, retinitis pigmentosa, and Marfan1s syndrome. (eurekalert.org)
  • The new theory on protein folding unfolds the mystery of // how a protein is incorrectly folded which leads to diseases and the study is to be published in the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (bio-medicine.org)
  • Schlebach's recent work focuses on how the fundamentals of protein folding manifest themselves in the molecular basis for diseases. (asbmb.org)
  • Pande expects his team's technologies will be useful for simulating proteins important in misfolding diseases such as Alzheimer's and Huntington's disease. (bcr.org)
  • For many decades, clinicians have been aware of the formation of insoluble protein aggregates in particular diseases. (jci.org)
  • Indeed, when proteins misfold as a result of mutations or external factors, countless diseases are known to occur, such as Alzheimer's, Mad Cow and Parkinson's disease. (nyu.edu)
  • each protein's function is directly related to its shape, and when proteins misfold ?something that's known to occur in a number of diseases like Alzheimer's and Huntington's ?they don't function as they should. (bio-medicine.org)
  • Viruses are intracellular parasites that cause disease by infecting the cells in the body and, in a study published today in Nature Microbiology, researchers at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine showed how a common virus hijacks a host cell's protein to help assemble new viruses before they are released. (news-medical.net)
  • Now, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have observed a protein that hit a speed limit when folding into its native state. (innovations-report.com)
  • The researchers then used a fast temperature-jump procedure to measure folding times with nanosecond resolution. (innovations-report.com)
  • The researchers placed the protein in a solution and shined ultraviolet light on it. (news-medical.net)
  • According to Zare, the new sensor may eventually provide biomedical researchers a fast, affordable method for detecting antibodies and other disease-related proteins. (innovations-report.com)
  • URBANA, Ill. - When it comes to protein folding, cells have a few tricks up their sleeve, report researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (photonics.com)
  • But researchers have been puzzled by how the long, linear proteins cranked out by the ribosome factories in a cell are folded into the shapes they must assume to perform their function. (science20.com)
  • Combining nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and other biochemical methods, researchers also found that the normal copy of this fragment was unable to fold properly in the absence of calcium, and adding calcium restored its folding ability. (eurekalert.org)
  • Based on these data and other biochemical information, researchers speculate that the mutations in the LDL receptor affect the receptor1s ability to bind calcium and therefore its ability to fold into its proper shape. (eurekalert.org)
  • Researchers used single-molecule experiments to examine coil to globule transition of proteins and have demonstrated that the denatured state showed steady expansion as the concentration of denaturant was increased. (wikibooks.org)
  • The researchers engineered the AfFtn into a tES that can hold foreign proteins inside an 8-nm aqueous cavity. (genengnews.com)
  • In particular, the researchers were able to deliver the cofactors calcium and heme, and apply oxidizing conditions that ensured the correct folding and functioning of the complex horseradish peroxidase protein.The four pores in the shell gave internalized enzymes access to molecular substrates so that they can continue their catalytic functions. (genengnews.com)
  • Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (Germany) used single-molecule force spectroscopy with ultrastable optical tweezers to measure the length of a single protein and the force required to cause a change in the folding state. (osa-opn.org)
  • Researchers discover mechanism behind protein folding ( Professor Ted Laurence Lawrence Liverm. (bio-medicine.org)
  • The researchers used a technique called Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) and Alternating Laser Excitation (ALEX) to determine the distance between two protein folds and the structure of the protein folding and unfolding. (bio-medicine.org)
  • Protein-folding researchers have until now focused on a unique group of small, fast-folding proteins that fold in hundreds of nanoseconds or microseconds. (bcr.org)
  • The researchers then demonstrated the efficacy of their technique with bacteriorhodopsin (BR), an archaea-derived photosynthetic pigment protein. (riken.jp)
  • The researchers examined the chaperone HSP90, responsible for helping to fold proteins that control cancer cell division . (medicalxpress.com)
  • Until now, researchers have focused their efforts on designing drugs to block CDC37's role in protein folding by disrupting the way it interacts with HSP90. (medicalxpress.com)
  • National Institutes of Health researchers have identified a novel role for a gene known as heat shock protein 60 ( Hsp60 ), finding that it is critical in tissue regeneration and wound healing. (genome.gov)
  • Based on previous findings that the Hsp60 protein was necessary for an inflammatory response, the researchers hypothesized that the molecule might also be involved in an organisms' ability to regenerate. (genome.gov)
  • This protein is composed of a chain of 104 amino acids with an iron-containing heme molecule. (news-medical.net)
  • Currently, the group uses single-molecule fluorescent energy transfer confocal microscopy, ultrafast polarised fluorescence spectroscopy, and NMR spectroscopy in oriented systems to elucidate the folding in vitro of the protein flavodoxin. (wur.nl)
  • A protein molecule is made of a string of smaller components called amino acids, which fold into the molecule's native 3D shape. (medium.com)
  • The protein folding problem involves determining how the string of amino acids encodes the 3D shape of a protein molecule. (medium.com)
  • The physical properties of a protein molecule include the distances between pairs of amino acids and the angles between chemical bonds that connect those amino acids. (medium.com)
  • When the Hsp70 molecule, attached to a protein, hits a membrane or an aggregate, a tiny force due to entropy pushes it away again, dragging the protein strand along with it. (eurekalert.org)
  • Now Stanford University scientists have developed a simple test that instantly changes color when a protein molecule attached to a gold nanoparticle folds or unfolds. (innovations-report.com)
  • They only have known that for many of the most complex and essential proteins, the folding takes place out of sight, hidden in the inner cavity of a type of molecule called a chaperonin. (science20.com)
  • Virtually all proteins have to be folded-some in complex configurations-in order to function properly, and many are known to require a molecule called a chaperone to fold them. (science20.com)
  • She describes the three parts of a folded Hsp70 protein as a nucleotide-binding domain and substrate-binding domain linked by a "mysterious" interdomain linker, which becomes part of the structure when a small molecule, adenosine triphosphate (ATP), binds to the Hsp70. (umass.edu)
  • We didn't know about this little pocket before, but now we can imagine a way to stop the chaperone-assisted folding cycle by designing a little molecule that will bind at that site. (umass.edu)
  • Search proteins in UniProtKB for this molecule. (uniprot.org)
  • Day R, Daggett V (2005) Ensemble versus single-molecule protein unfolding. (springer.com)
  • Day R, Daggett V (2007) Direct observation of microscopic reversibility of single-molecule protein folding. (springer.com)
  • The Hsp60 protein has also been reported to serve as a signaling molecule that induces an inflammatory response to bacterial infection from a cut. (genome.gov)
  • The objective of this thesis is to characterize the conformational distribution of BBL using single molecule Förster resonance energy transfer (SM-FRET) to obtain direct evidence for the downhill folding in BBL. (umd.edu)
  • We describe the physicochemical characterization of various circular and linear forms of the ∼60 residue N-terminal Src homology 3 (SH3) domain from the murine c-Crk adapter protein. (umd.edu)
  • 3We found that the normal copy of this crucial fragment folds into its proper shape, but introducing even single mutations in the fragment interferes with the fragment1s ability to fold into this shape,2 says Dr. Blacklow. (eurekalert.org)
  • However, the identification of new mutations only raises more questions about how these variations in genetic information lead to potentially harmful changes in protein structure. (asbmb.org)
  • That's where we're hoping to come in," Schlebach said, "providing tools and other experiments that will help us interpret the effects of mutations (on proteins). (asbmb.org)
  • This Stars of Stanford Medicine Q&A features Daniel Jarosz, PhD, who studies protein folding and mutations. (stanford.edu)
  • As a consequence, most proteins seen in life could never have originated via random mutations and selection. (evolutionnews.org)
  • The backgrounds of the contributors to this issue reflect the breadth of the folding field and range from computer science and theoretical physics to molecular biology and organic chemistry. (pnas.org)
  • The subject of this debate is called the protein folding problem which is one of he major challenges in contemporary molecular biology. (wur.nl)
  • However, he adds that such workarounds were not a complete solution, and challenges remained in selecting the appropriate detergent for a given protein, or ensuring that newly synthesized proteins were properly folded and inserted into the membranes of liposomes. (riken.jp)
  • When detergent is removed by dialysis, the properly folded proteins end up embedded within liposomes, replicating their normal integration into cell membranes (right). (riken.jp)
  • In initial experiments, they were able to demonstrate successful production of properly folded BR with a variety of detergents, and although the overall folding efficiency was somewhat lower than previously described preparations, the overall quantity of protein produced was significantly greater-as much as 80-fold greater, depending on the detergent. (riken.jp)
  • Subsequent analysis confirmed that much of this properly folded BR was successfully integrated into the membranes of liposomes following detergent removal. (riken.jp)
  • Covering experiment and theory, bioinformatics approaches, and state-of-the-art simulation protocols for better sampling of the conformational space, this volume describes a broad range of techniques to study, predict, and analyze the protein folding process. (springer.com)
  • If it were difficult for fold-switching proteins to evolve, then evolutionary theory would predict that fold switching would be observed more frequently in viruses and bacteria than in eukaryotes , because of the selective pressure to evolve quickly and maintain a compact genome , both of which favor multifunctional (and possibly multiconformational) proteins. (evolutionnews.org)
  • The protein folding game Foldit attempts to predict the structure of a protein by taking advantage of humans' puzzle-solving intuitions and having people play competitively to fold the best proteins. (structuralbiology.eu)
  • Over the past 30 years, biological experiments of proteins have contrarily shown the laws of thermodynamics need revision to include the heat capacity Cp of proteins as a thermodynamic quantity based on changes ΔCp measured between unfolded and folded configurations. (prlog.org)
  • Folding does not occur via a random sampling of conformational space as this would take longer than the life time of the universe. (wur.nl)
  • During our long-going studies of protein folding we have developed new methods to monitor specific conformational changes that also can be applied to related important fields. (liu.se)
  • Childers MC, Towse CL, Daggett V (2016) The effect of chirality and steric hindrance on intrinsic backbone conformational propensities: tools for protein design. (springer.com)
  • The data show clear unimodal conformational distributions at varying denaturant concentrations thus demonstrating the downhill folding nature of BBL. (umd.edu)
  • These techniques reveal details of flavodoxin's folding energy landscape in vitro and insight into the events that are expected to occur in the earliest stages of protein folding is obtained. (wur.nl)
  • By using 23 copies of a single thermostable subunit to form a protective shell around internalized proteins, we report that tES can improve expression, in vitro folding, and product stabilization," they conclude. (genengnews.com)
  • In vitro and in vivo evidence suggests that these redox-active compounds can contribute to the functioning of oxidative folding. (mdpi.com)
  • AID 153 ), an optimized in vitro folding procedure was derived to obtain large amounts of AID 153 , which led to crystals with good quality and to final structural determination. (osti.gov)
  • They fold into three-dimensional shapes that determine their function through a series of intermediate states, like origami. (eurekalert.org)
  • The idea is like those robot toys that can be refolded into one or more shapes, or one of those compact multi-tools that can operate as a pliers or screwdriver, depending on how you fold it. (evolutionnews.org)
  • A team led by biophysicist Jeremy Smith of UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has taken a step toward discovering how proteins fold into unique, three-dimensional shapes. (nanotech-now.com)
  • The new measurements were made possible by JILA's prior development of short, soft AFM probes , which quickly gauge abrupt changes in force--signaling an intermediate state--as a protein unfolds. (eurekalert.org)
  • In 2008, to the consternation of some, one of the editors of this special issue on the "Chemical Physics of Protein Folding," was quoted as saying, "What was called the protein folding problem 20 years ago is solved" ( 1 ). (pnas.org)
  • 3Our studies provide yet another example of how basic science research, such as studies of protein folding, ultimately help us understand human disease,2 says Dr. Kim. (eurekalert.org)
  • There were notable studies paving the way for atomistic MD studies of protein folding and unfolding. (springer.com)
  • Each of these massive computations tracked the protein for at least 1.5 nanoseconds, with an instantaneous snapshot every two femtoseconds (a millionth of a billionth of a second) -- resulting in at least 750,000 individual "frames" of data for each simulation. (psc.edu)
  • A diffusion theory-based, all-physical ab initio protein folding simulation is described and applied. (hindawi.com)
  • These predictions are among the best for an all ab initio protein simulation. (hindawi.com)
  • They could do isotopic replacement studies to get ideas about which hydrogrens or nitrogens or carbons were kinetically involved in the folding process and see whether the same atoms were important in the simulation. (slashdot.org)
  • Further advancement in computer hardware led to the first united-atom simulation of the same protein in 1977. (springer.com)
  • Daggett V (2006) Protein folding - simulation. (springer.com)