—Designing Repeat Proteins “Computational design allows researchers to build structures that nature hasn’t yet tried” Researchers want to design proteins to make new materials or catalysts or to better understand how natural proteins evolved. Repeat proteins take some of the work out of the process. In such proteins, as the name suggests, a particular amino acid sequence is repeated multiple times. “Repeat proteins can form very large binding surfaces, but when you’re designing them, you’re really only building a small piece,” says Philip Bradley, a protein designer at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
by Celia Henry Arnaud |
January 11, 2016