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1372: Dysferlin Linker Domain: Predicted Contacts
Status: Closed


Name: 1372: Dysferlin Linker Domain: Predicted Contacts
Status: Closed
Created: 04/28/2017
Points: 100
Expired: 05/05/2017 - 23:00
Difficulty: Intermediate
Description: This is a follow-up puzzle for Puzzle 1369, now with Predicted Contacts to help guide your folding! See the blog for information on using the contact map. You can see the predicted contacts for this protein by clicking the Contact Map button in the Main menu (Selection Interface) or in the Actions tab (Classic Interface). You will notice that different contacts are shown in different shades of green, with brighter green contacts indicating stronger predictions. Players will be able to load in manual saves from Puzzle 1369 and use them as a starting point here.

This is a domain of the human dysferlin protein. Dysferlin is found in muscle cells and associates with the cell membrane, although its exact function is unknown. Mutations in the dysferlin gene can cause a debilitating type of muscular dystrophy. See the blog for more info. Our collaborators at the Jain Foundation would like to model the structure of dysferlin to better understand its function, and have asked Foldit players to help! Players may recall folding the C2B calcium-binding domain of dysferlin in Puzzles 1291 and 1293b. The residues modeled in this puzzle link two calcium-binding domains in dysferlin. It is unclear whether this domain serves a particular function, but some experimental data suggests it is well-folded.

Categories: Overall, Predicted Contacts, Prediction

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