1688: Cubane FeS Binder Design
|Name:||1688: Cubane FeS Binder Design|
|Expired:||06/26/2019 - 23:00|
|Description:||Design a protein for electron transfer!
Metallo-proteins are an important class of proteins that bind metals like iron or magnesium, and are involved in myriad life-sustaining chemistry. A cubane type [4Fe-4S] iron-sulfur cluster is a "cube" made out of alternating iron and sulfur atoms, and is bound by carefully-placed cysteine residues in a protein. Iron-sulfur metallo-proteins are responsible for electron transfer in light-harvesting, cellular respiration, many other processes. We'd like to design an iron-sulfur protein so that we can better understand electron transfer in proteins. By changing the environment around the iron-sulfur cluster, we could tune the electron transfer properties of the protein, which could open the door to metabolic engineering and new chemistry!
We're asking Foldit players to design a protein that can bind a cubane type iron-sulfur cluster! In this puzzle, players start with a short loop that contains three cysteine residues bound to the iron-sulfur cluster. The loop and the cluster are frozen in place, but players may fold up the residues on either side of the loop. The final protein will need to include the frozen loop, but should still be well-folded with a large core. See the puzzle comments for Objective details. 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!
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