Questions tagged [protein-folding]

The process in which a protein folds into a three-dimensional shape to achieve proper functioning.

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How can computer predictions of protein folding be verified computationally?

Currently, there is a lot of research focused on solving the folding patterns of proteins using computers (Folding@Home, https://fold.it/portal/, etc.). The question that I have is: How do you know ...
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Protein tertiary Structure formation

As we know that coils and loops are evolutionary variable regions where mutations,deletions, and insertions frequently occur. So does it mean that they don't have much role in the structure of protein?...
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Differences Between Protein Motifs and Protein Domains?

I am in a 300-level molecular biology class and am unclear about this concept and how to delineate motifs versus domains of proteins. Any suggestions would be much obliged.
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How do we know if the folding@home project results are right?

Some of us are involved in the folding@home project, spending time, money, and resources. I would like to know the answer to two main questions: How do we know we fold it right? I mean, these models ...
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Do chaperone proteins misfold?

If molecular chaperone proteins assist in the folding process of other proteins and misfolded proteins, can chaperone themselves misfold since they are also proteins? What would happen if chaperones ...
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Difference between prions and amyloid proteins?

Amyloid and prions are misfolded proteins, but what, if any, is the difference between them? Is amyloid a type of prion with a fibrillar structure?
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What are some of the immediate challenges to break through before finding a cure for mad cow disease?

What are the immediate challenges to break through in seeking a cure for mad cow disease? I know that mad cow disease has no treatment as of yet.
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Is using Hidden Markov Models to find homologues sensible in abstract, short sequences?

HMM alignment tools like hhpred excel at finding subtle homologues of folded proteins that simpler scoring techniques (such those used in BLAST algorithms) would miss. I am only looking at a small (...
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Is it possible to isolate and analyse intermediates of protein folding?

I would like to know if there is an assay which could allow us to analyse a protein before it has assumed its 3D functional form. While studying structural biology, I only came to know the forces that ...
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Thermodynamics of spontaneous protein folding: role of enthalpy changes

I'm trying to get clear why protein folding occurs spontaneously. $$\ce\Delta G=\Delta H-T\Delta S$$ According to thermodynamics the ΔG should be negative for a process to occur spontaneously. When ...
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Backbone hydrogen bonds between adjacent amino acids in a protein?

Is it possible for two adjacent amino acids in a peptide to form hydrogen bonds between the backbone NH and CO? Are there any examples of such situations in proteins and how common are they? If ...
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Why are proteins in the insoluble form when they are in frozen water?

Why would lowering the temperature of water change the intermolecular forces so much that proteins once soluble in water, become insoluble? I know freezing can create a crystal lattice, but I don't ...
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Are there any primary structure sequences that strongly suggest b-sheet or alpha helix?

Is there a particular sequence of amino acids that we know will take on a beta-sheet or an alpha helix or is it essentially random?
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What is protein folding and how is it relevant to disease?

I am trying to understand what is protein folding and how it could help cure some diseases. When reading articles about it, it looks like the goal is to find perfect folds for proteins because some ...
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Which of Perutz et al's protein structures other than 3₁₀ helix were correct?

In 1950, Bragg, Kendrew and Perutz published "Polypeptide chain configurations in crystalline proteins" (open access) and were famously 'proved wrong' by Pauling, Corey and Branson the following year, ...
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Structure of proteins

Regarding the secondary structure of proteins, I know that there are 3 main types. The beta sheet formation is made up of beta strands stabilized by hydrogen bonds to form an anti parallel or a ...
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Are There Rules for How Proteins Are Formed?

Proteins are formed by stringing together different amino acids. Different amino acids have different properties (such as being attracted to or repelled by water, positively or negatively charged, ...
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Can estimating the likelihood of protein sequences adopting functional enzyme folds show life is too complex for evolutionary timescales?

An acquaintance provided me with this article1. I can't understand for sure what it is about. My acquaintance said that it proves that time for generation of even the simplest proteins is on a ...
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chaperone protein names

I am studying chaperon proteins DnaK, DnaJ etc. This question sounds trivial but I would like to know what the acronym stands for. I have looked on google/google scholar. My best guess is that the ...
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How to obtain a list of proteins sorted by the ~1400 unique protein folds?

The databases CATH and SCOP both have around 1400 unique protein folds recorded from analysis of the PDB. However, I do not see any method to access this particular data. A list of each of the 1400 ...
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Why is ab initio protein secondary structure prediction less reliable than alternatives?

To predict secondary structure of proteins three types of Algorithms are used Ab initio, homology based and neural networks. Among these neural networks prove to be more accurate and give good results ...
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How difficult is to renature a protein?

I know of Anfinsen's experiments and I'm aware that some denatured enzymes may regain their lost activity through the removal of the denaturant agent. What I'm unaware of is how rare is it for a ...
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Proteins in water vs proteins in crystal

I am not very familiar with the experimental procedure of x-ray crystallography except that it involves the very delicate matter of producing crystal that contain proteins and then diffracting rays ...
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position of cell penetrating peptide

I'd like to add a cell penetrating peptide to my custom peptide (30aa). Can I just add it to the end of the peptide sequence or does it have to be positioned on an outward facing external chain?
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Why is statistical mechanics relevant to RNA and protein folding?

This is a very naive question. As far as I understand the folding of a molecule is governed by the electromagnetic forces between its atoms and also between its atoms and the atoms in the surrounding ...
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How to wash the column during protein purification with GST tag?

I have been working with GST tagged proteins for the last 4 years and after loading the cell lysate into the column I was washing it with 20-30 column volumes of PBS and sometimes my proteins were ...
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Why is it thought that protein folding is determined solely by amino acid sequence?

It seems that it is a generally accepted idea that protein folding is completely determined by the sequence of amino acids, but why do people believe that? Is it simply that no example of a protein ...
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When does protein folding begin?

I had always assumed that protein folding is an independent activity that occurs after translation is complete. However, recently, I learned that intermolecular forces begin shaping the peptide bonds ...
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Can a bacterium survive without GroEL protein?

In prokaryotes, GroEL protein (together with GroES) is required for protein folding. Question: Can a bacterium survive without GroEL protein?
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What are the applications of predicting the structure of proteins?

Protein molecules are very important as they are used for catalyzing almost all the chemical reactions in the cell, regulation of gene activity and provide cellular structure. However, in predicting ...
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Are proteins a different shape in space?

Is the shape of a protein affected by gravity? In space, will the shape of a protein be different to what it is on Earth? If the structure and shape is in fact affected, then would it be enough of a ...
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What characteristics of the protein folding process ensure that the energy landscape is a funnel?

The folding funnel hypothesis states that the energy landscape that proteins observe when they fold is funnel shaped with a single global optima. This ensures that no matter what sequence of folds the ...
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Is there an optimal composition and length for protein linkers in FRET?

I'm designing a protein that I'd like to use in FRET reporting. General idea on the shape is: FRETprotein1--Linker--CleavageSite--Linker--FRETprotein2. I would like to know what AA are best for the ...
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Why does protein folding not depend on the order in which it is synthesized?

I read an article recently, written by researcher from Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington, which stated that: Similarly, success in de novo protein design bears on the question I ...
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The meaning of the $\alpha$ helix and $\beta$ sheets in proteins [duplicate]

I asked this question to my Biology teacher and he, in collaboration with a Chemistry teacher, couldn't find the answer. My question is the following: "What does the $\alpha$ and $\beta$ represent in ...
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What is the significance in an alpha-helix being right-handed or left-handed?

Why is that often when alpha-helices are discussed, it is also mentioned their direction - right-handed (clockwise) or left-handed (anti-clockwise)? I have heard that left-handed alpha-helices are ...
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Determine secondary structure (per residue pair) from a protein contact map

Given a protein map contact map (which for this particular case is a matrix of all Ca-Ca atoms in protein 1a3a that are less than 8 Angstroms): Question: For each ...
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What effects would be caused by exposure to common life forms with opposite enantiomer biology? [closed]

Pretend a human had their body "reflected": heart on the wrong side, etc.; but also at the biochemical level: proteins, sugars, cells, DNA, everything. What would the effects be of that human's ...
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Experimental techniques to measure protein-protein and protein-ligand structure and dynamics

We would like to compare our simulation results with experimentation. When one wants to follow experimentally the dynamics (and possibly structure) of protein-protein or protein-ligand docking (...
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What are the most important differences between HSP70 and HSP90?

Question originally asked on Quora. These proteins have many functional similarities, so why do cells need both to handle unfolded proteins?
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Mechanism of Myosin Head Bending in Cross Bridge Cycle Power Stroke Phase

What is the mechanism of bending of myosin head during the power stroke of the cross-bridge cycle of the muscle contraction? Does this have anything to do with the protein's 3-D structure i.e. folding ...
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Are multi-chain proteins synthesized as one biological unit?

Are multi-chain proteins (especially homo/hetero-dimers) synthesized together as one overall unit or are they separate monomers which bind together at some point after synthesis, and are there any ...
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Why are VAL, MET and ALA substitutions commonly used for protein behaviour and function studies?

I have seen that amino acids are commonly replaced with VAL, MET or ALA to study the effects of these specific substitutions. Why are these specific amino acids used in particular, what are the ...
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Proteins: Post translational modification

I am a physicist and trying to understand some protein chemistry for a small project. Basically, amino acids combine to form proteins and after forming the primary structure, some chemical ...
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Why does it matter to predict protein structure?

And how do you predict it ? What is your input data (sequence of amino acids, temperature, pH, ...) ? Is there a "standardized" input that scientists agree on ? Moreover, I've read that knowing the ...
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What proportion of proteins require chaperone-assisted folding?

I am new to the field of biochemistry (I am a chemist, actually). I have long known the process of folding as the process that leads to the minimum energy conformation of a protein. Now, I am ...
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Does urea at different concentrations (5 or 0.5M) have different effects on proteins?

The problem is to explain why each additive gives rise to the distribution of the protein (RMAS) as shown in the Western blow below: In each case, the homogenates were subjected to high-speed ...
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Stabilizing forces between the protein sequences?

we know that Protein structures from secondary to Quaternary are maintained by noncovalent or weak interactions including electrostatic interactions,van der Waals forces & hydrogen bonding. What ...
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Verifying Protein Folds

I have recently begun using Folding@Home and I am curious how people are prevented from cheating the system. It seems to me that unless the final result is easily verifiable users could submit bogus ...
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Could AI be applied to protein folding?

Two years later, there is a follow up question to the one asked here: How do we know if the folding@home project results are right? Since we are quite sure F@H is working right and following this ...