1609: CR2 Binder Design
|Name:||1609: CR2 Binder Design|
|Expired:||12/20/2018 - 23:00|
|Description:||Design a protein to stabilize the CR2-binding helices! Complement receptor 2 (CR2) is a protein found on the surface of human B-cells, which respond to viruses and other pathogens found in the body. When the CR2 protein is activated, these immune cells become especially sensitive. We want to design a protein that can bind to CR2 and help trigger a strong immune response. Such a protein could boost the effectiveness of vaccines. The starting structure contains two helices from a natural protein, which is known to bind CR2 but is not very stable. We're asking Foldit players to design a protein to stabilize these two helices in their starting orientation. The side chains involved in CR2 binding are frozen; Foldit players should avoid building around these residues, which need to remain accessible for CR2 binding. Some protein design Objectives are in effect; see the puzzle comments for details.|
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