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1927: Designable Linker Puzzle: Coronavirus Spike Binder
Status: Closed

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Name: 1927: Designable Linker Puzzle: Coronavirus Spike Binder
Status: Closed
Created: 12/09/2020
Points: 100
Expired: 12/16/2020 - 23:00
Difficulty: Intermediate
Description: This is the sixth 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. Note that this puzzle has as different starting structure than previous puzzles and is about linking a different pair of the same binders.

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 big thing for puzzles like these is to have buried hydrophobics at the interface between the linker and the binder helices to encourage structural rigidity. Packing the linker against the helices can help it maintain its shape. We are allowing for select residues on the binders to be fully designable to encourage hydrophobic packing.

Currently everything is frozen except for the linker and the sidechains of several residues that can pack nicely with any designed linker. The linker 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 actually have two Core Exists Objectives in the same puzzle. One is for incentivizing hydrophobic interactions between the LCB1 binder and the linker and one is for hydrophobic interactions between LCB3 and the linker. The hope is that this way linker designs pack against the binder helices for rigidity. 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! Good Luck!
Categories: Design, Overall

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Objectives

Residue Count (max +550)
Penalizes extra residues inserted beyond the starting 240, at a cost of 55 points per residue. Players may use up to 255 residues in total.

Core Existence: LCB1 (max +2400)
Ensures that at least 30 percent of residues are buried in the core of the LCB1-linker unit.

Core Existence: LCB3 (max +2400)
Ensures that at least 30 percent of residues are buried in the core of the LCB3-linker unit.

Interaction Energy (max +500)
Monitors that all large PHE, TYR, and TRP residues are scoring well.

SS Design (max +500)
Prohibits CYS residues. Penalizes GLY, ALA residues in sheets. Penalizes GLY, ALA, SER, THR in helices.

Ideal Loops (max +500)
Penalizes any loop region that does not match one of the Building Blocks in the Blueprint tool. Use "Auto Structures" to see which regions of your protein count as loops.

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