I have seen helical wheel projections used to illustrate amphipathic helices in proteins. Are there any other uses for these models?

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Helical wheel projections can be useful anytime you have a protein or peptide with one or more Ξ±-helical regions. They allow you to see whether any "property" is present along one side of a peptide. This can be useful in recognizing potential protein-protein interacting motifs such as leucine zippers.

The wikipedia article on "Helical wheels" also looks like a good place to start learning more about this.

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