1918: Designable Linker: Coronavirus Spike Binder
|Name:||1918: Designable Linker: Coronavirus Spike Binder|
|Expired:||11/25/2020 - 23:00|
|Description:||Note: This puzzle was closed early due to some scoring problems, and has been reposted as Puzzle 1918b. Players may not load solutions into the reposted puzzle.
This is the third puzzle in the designable linker series! We are providing parts of two of the best-known designed binders to the SARS-CoV-2 spike, and are challenging players to link them together with a rigid linker! The two helical bundles are the parts of the two binders. They are currently connected with a flexible alanine linker that needs to be redesigned. We have also included the parts of the actual spike that are within 15 angstroms of the termini of the binders, so you know what regions your binder has to avoid to prevent clashing. The PDB has a slightly different configuration from previous puzzles. The absence of the helices will give more flexibility in any designed linkers.
Currently everything is frozen except for the linker, and those residues are completely designable. The two binder domains are held in place with strong constraints.
We have included a few objectives to help players generate well-folded designs. We have added the Ideal Loops Objective as another difference from puzzle 2. It is a difficult problem to design a linker that can hold the binders in place. This type of puzzle is new for Foldit, and we are excited to see what players come up with!
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