1462: Reindeer Beta-lactoglobulin
|Name:||1462: Reindeer Beta-lactoglobulin|
|Expired:||01/04/2018 - 23:00|
|Description:||This protein is a component of reindeer milk. Beta-lactoglobulin is a protein found in the milk of many mammals, including cows and sheep, but not in humans. Its natural function is still unknown. The structure of this protein was determined (with some difficulty) by x-ray crystallography in 2006. However, parts of the published structure are a little bit problematic. We want to see if Foldit players can fold this protein starting from an extended chain. Secondary structure predictions (from PSIPRED) are marked on the starting structure, and provide clues about where the protein might form helices and sheets! Note that, due to the large size of the protein, this puzzle will be active for two weeks.
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