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Expired: 03/03/21 23:00:00
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Top Group: Contenders
Top Player: georg137
Top Score: 22,275
Categories: Design, Overall, Symmetry
Design a symmetric protein trimer, with 3 identical chains that assemble together! This puzzle includes a Secondary Structure Objective, so no more than 50% of your design can form helices. The H-bond Network Objective encourages players to build buried, satisfied H-bond networks at the interface between symmetric chains. H-bond networks are a great way to introduce polar residues at the interface, but it's important that all of the bondable atoms make hydrogen bonds! We've also adjusted the H-bond Network Objective so that poor-scoring H-bonds may not contribute to networks; poor-scoring H-bonds will be displayed in red. This puzzle uses the Buried Unsats Objective, with a large penalty for buried polar atoms that can't make H-bonds. In this puzzle, there are no limits on the Complex Core, but we've included the Complex Core objective so players can see the core residues that can be incorporated into H-bond Networks.
Puzzle
Expired: 02/26/21 23:00:00
5 comments
Top Group: Go Science
Top Player: toshiue
Top Score: 24,588
Categories: Design, Overall
Design an interface between two protein chains! This puzzle is much like Puzzle 1950 but we've piled on some more Objectives to reward a H-bond Network at the interface, as well as a single disulfide bond at the interface. In this two-sided design puzzle, you can mutate the interface residues of both chains A and B, but you may only shape the backbone of chain A. The goal is to create a binding interface between the two protein chains so that they will stick together in solution. However, the starting position of the two chains is important, so the locked regions are held in place by strong constraints. The only way to make the two chains bind will be to fold up a brand new interface between them.
Puzzle
Expired: 02/25/21 18:00:00
8 comments
Top Group: Anthropic Dreams
Top Player: Galaxie
Top Score: 17,468
Categories: Electron Density, Overall, Prediction
This is a followup to Puzzle 1952, now starting from the structure that was originally published. This protein is part of a large protein complex with multiple subunits, which was recently solved by cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) at 4.2A resolution. Unfortunately, the solved structure could really use some work so we are hoping you can improve the structure. The starting structure also includes several locked protein fragments in the electron density cloud. These are additional proteins that are also present, and are expected to make interactions with the final folded structure. Good luck!
Puzzle
Expired: 02/24/21 23:00:00
1 comment
Top Group: Go Science
Top Player: Dhalion
Top Score: 40,179
Categories: Design, Overall
This is the fourteenth 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! One of them is LCB3 which you have seen before, but the one without any adjoining spike is called AHB2, and is another de novo protein that is meant to mimic ACE2, which is the human protein that SARS-CoV-2 binds to when it infects your cells. 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.
Puzzle
Expired: 02/19/21 23:00:00
6 comments
Top Group: Go Science
Top Player: Bruno Kestemont
Top Score: 16,254
Categories: Design, Overall
Design a protein to bind to influenza virus! This puzzle has a Move Limit of 250 moves; after that, you will be unable to improve your solution, but you can restart the puzzle to reset your move count. The Move Limit is meant to encourage players to try multiple solutions to the puzzle, instead of spending a lot of time optimizing a single solution.
Puzzle
Expired: 02/18/21 18:00:00
1 comment
Top Group: Go Science
Top Player: mirp
Top Score: 10,673
Categories: Overall, Prediction
This is a throwback puzzle to the early days of Foldit. This scorpion toxin binds to voltage-gated ion channels in insects, resulting in full-body paralysis. The protein contains eight cysteine residues that oxidize to form four disulfide bonds. We are revisiting old Foldit puzzles so we can see how useful the recent additions to the game have been and to provide newer players with problems that are still scientifically relevant.
Puzzle
Expired: 02/17/21 23:00:00
1 comment
Top Group: Go Science
Top Player: mirp
Top Score: 19,890
Categories: Design, Overall, Symmetry
Design a symmetric protein tetramer, with 4 identical chains that assemble together! This puzzle includes a Secondary Structure Objective, so no more than 50% of your design can form helices. The H-bond Network Objective encourages players to build buried, satisfied H-bond networks at the interface between symmetric chains. H-bond networks are a great way to introduce polar residues at the interface, but it's important that all of the bondable atoms make hydrogen bonds! We've also adjusted the H-bond Network Objective so that poor-scoring H-bonds may not contribute to networks; poor-scoring H-bonds will be displayed in red. This puzzle uses the Buried Unsats Objective, with a large penalty for buried polar atoms that can't make H-bonds. In this puzzle, there are no limits on the Complex Core, but we've included the Complex Core objective so players can see the core residues that can be incorporated into H-bond Networks.
Puzzle
Expired: 02/12/21 23:00:00
5 comments
Top Group: Anthropic Dreams
Top Player: WBarme1234
Top Score: 29,778
Categories: Design, Overall
Design a protein to bind to influenza virus! The hemagglutinin (HA) protein is displayed on the surface of the influenza virus, where it can bind to receptors on human cells. Once the HA protein binds to a human receptor, the entire HA protein changes shape, springing open to trigger membrane fusion so that the virus can infect the human cell. We want to design a protein that can bind to the pre-fusion shape of HA, to stop it from springing open and thereby blocking infection.
Puzzle
Expired: 02/11/21 18:00:00
24 comments
Top Group: Go Science
Top Player: mirp
Top Score: 17,410
Categories: Electron Density, Overall, Prediction
This protein is part of a large protein complex with multiple subunits, which was recently solved by cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) at 4.2A resolution. Unfortunately, the solved structure could really use some work so we are hoping you can improve the structure. One end of the unfolded chain is close to its correct position in the electron density, but the rest of the chain is completely extended and will need to be refolded to fit in the density cloud. Keep in mind that this will not be easy, as 4.2A resolution results in a challenging electron density cloud to work with! The starting structure includes several locked protein fragments in the electron density cloud. These are additional proteins that are also present, and are expected to make interactions with the final folded structure. Good luck!
Puzzle
Expired: 02/10/21 23:00:00
2 comments
Top Group: Go Science
Top Player: Dhalion
Top Score: 39,732
Categories: Design, Overall
This is the thirteenth 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! One of them is LCB3 which you have seen before, but the one without any adjoining spike is called AHB2, and is another de novo protein that is meant to mimic ACE2, which is the human protein that SARS-CoV-2 binds to when it infects your cells. 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.
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