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Expired: 02/19/20 18:00:00
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Top Group: Beta Folders
Top Player: LociOiling
Top Score: 10,800
Categories: Overall, Prediction
This is a throwback puzzle to the early days of Foldit. In the struggle for limited resources, some strains of the bacteria E. coli produce a potent toxin to fight off competing strains. This small immunity protein protects the aggressor E. coli from falling victim to its own toxin. We are revisiting old Foldit puzzles so we can see how useful the recent additions to the game have been, and to provide newer players with easier puzzles that are still scientifically relevant.
Puzzle
Expired: 02/14/20 23:00:00
7 comments
Top Group: Go Science
Top Player: silent gene
Top Score: 21,743
Categories: Electron Density, Overall, Prediction
Fold the transposase protein into a density map! This is a followup to Puzzle 1787: CRISPR-Cas Transposase Part II, now with a cryo-EM density map! Players may load in previous work from Puzzle 1787.
Puzzle
Expired: 02/13/20 23:00:00
9 comments
Top Group: Anthropic Dreams
Top Player: Marvelz
Top Score: 20,008
Categories: Design, Overall, Symmetry
This symmetric design puzzle has C3 symmetry, with three symmetric chains. This puzzle reintroduces the Move Limit! After 250 moves, you will be unable to improve your solution, but you can restart the puzzle to try a new fold! The Move Limit is meant to encourage players to try lots of different folds, and we hope this will increase the diversity of player solutions. This puzzle is also a little different from other symmetry puzzles, in that we want players to focus on building a smaller interface between the chains. The "Core Limit: Complex" objective will incur penalties if there are too many buried residues in the total assembly. See the puzzle comments for Objective details. The Baker Lab will run folding predictions on your solutions for this puzzle, and those that perform well will be synthesized in the lab. Remember, you can use the Upload for Scientists button for up to 5 designs that you want us to look at, even if they are not the best-scoring solutions!
Puzzle
Expired: 02/12/20 18:00:00
1 comment
Top Group: Go Science
Top Player: Aubade01
Top Score: 10,539
Categories: Overall, Prediction
This is a throwback puzzle to the early days of Foldit. This protein is found on the surface of bacteriophage fd, a virus that infects E. coli. It is responsible for penetrating the cell membrane of the host bacteria, allowing virus to enter the cell. This protein contains four cysteines that oxidize to form two disulfide bonds. We are revisiting old Foldit puzzles so we can see how useful the recent additions to the game have been, and to provide newer players with easier puzzles that are still scientifically relevant.
Puzzle
Expired: 02/07/20 23:00:00
17 comments
Top Group: Go Science
Top Player: fiendish_ghoul
Top Score: 21,712
Categories: Electron Density, Overall, Prediction
Fold the transposase protein into a density map! This is a followup to Puzzle 1784: CRISPR-Cas Transposase Part I, now with a cryo-EM density map! Players may load in previous work from Puzzle 1784.
Puzzle
Expired: 02/06/20 23:00:00
1 comment
Top Group: Contenders
Top Player: Bletchley Park
Top Score: 18,795
Categories: Design, Overall, Symmetry
Design a symmetric trimer, with 3 identical chains that assemble together! This puzzle includes a Secondary Structure Objective so that no more than 50% of residues may form helices. The H-bond Network Objective encourages players to bury satisfied H-bond networks at the interface between symmetric chains. H-bond networks are a great way to introduce polar residues at the interface, but it's important that all of the bondable atoms make hydrogen bonds! In this puzzle, there are no limits on the Complex Core, but we've included the Complex Core objective so players can see which residues count as core in the H-bond Networks.
Puzzle
Expired: 02/05/20 18:00:00
1 comment
Top Group: Void Crushers
Top Player: Timo van der Laan
Top Score: 9,841
Categories: Overall, Prediction
This is a throwback puzzle to the early days of Foldit. This small disulfide-rich protein is produced by the moth H. virescens as a defense against certain bacterial and fungal infections. This protein contains six cysteines that oxidize to form three disulfide bonds. We are revisiting old Foldit puzzles so we can see how useful the recent additions to the game have been.
Puzzle
Expired: 01/31/20 23:00:00
1 comment
Top Group: Contenders
Top Player: crpainter
Top Score: 11,741
Categories: Design, Overall
This is the eighth puzzle in the poly-proline helix design series! The starting structure is slightly longer than previous rounds, with a 90 residue protein and a 6 residue helix. All residues are mutable, and we have reset the proline reference energy to 16.4 to allow for a greater diversity of residues. Keeping all buried polars satisfied is still a key component of a good structure, as well as a hydrophobic core and well defined secondary structures.
Puzzle
Expired: 01/30/20 23:00:00
3 comments
Top Group: Contenders
Top Player: crpainter
Top Score: 20,044
Categories: Design, Overall, Symmetry
Design a symmetric trimer, with 3 identical chains that assemble together! This puzzle includes a Secondary Structure Objective so that no more than 50% of residues may form helices. We're taking a short break from H-bond Networks, but we have a new (optional) challenge for Foldit players! The starting structure includes several helices and sheets placed in a suggested arrangement, similar to a TIM barrel (but with 9 strands instead of 8). This is a hypothetical fold that nobody has been able to design yet, but we think Foldit players may have some ideas! Note that the started arrangement is only a rough placement, we expect players will have to do some considerable refolding to create a high-scoring design. For such a fold to work, it's important that the sheets of one subunit will need to pair with the symmetric sheets on either side, so that the entire barrel forms a continuous and circular hydrogen-bonded sheet!
Puzzle
Expired: 01/29/20 18:00:00
1 comment
Top Group: Hun-Magyar Csapat
Top Player: O Seki To
Top Score: 11,331
Categories: Overall, Prediction
This is a throwback puzzle to the early days of Foldit. This small domain is part of a larger protein found at high concentrations of the lens of the eye; historically, this protein was purified from the eyes of B. taurus for research. The protein is modeled here in reduced state, so no disulfides are expected to form. We are revisiting old Foldit puzzles so we can see how useful the recent additions to the game have been.
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