This course will prepare students to understand and
incorporate 3D macromolecular structure into their research
The principles of protein structure will be
reviewed, including noncovalent bonds. Structural bioinformatics
and genomics will be introduced. Students will learn what
percentage of proteins have known 3D structures, and the
importance of crystallographic models compared to homology or
In the computer laboratory, students will learn how to find 3D protein molecular models for proteins in their research, and how to use Proteopedia.Org and FirstGlance in Jmol (adopted by Nature) to investigate key structural features.
|Protein structure will be related to function, evolutionary conservation and multiple-sequence alignments, and drug design. Specific oligomers will be constructed automatically by quaternary structure servers, and visualized. Students will learn how to prepare customized publication-quality molecular images, animations for Powerpoint slides, and how to effectively and intuitively communicate function-structure relationships with online molecular scenes in the Proteopedia.Org wiki. Students will be challenged with molecular structure problems, and each student will prepare Powerpoint slides capturing examples of the skills they have learned. All the software is web browser-based, easy to use, works on Windows or Macintoshes, requires no installation, is free and open-source, and should be available for years to come.
Review of Protein Chemistry and Structure.
Introduction to Structural Bioinformatics.
Proteopedia and FirstGlance in Jmol for exploring any macromolecule.
Finding published molecules of interest.
Begin Powerpoint Slides.
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Introduction to Multiple Sequence Alignment (MSA) and Conservation
Structure of Atomic Coordinate ("PDB") Files
Evolutionary Conservation with ConSurf-DB
Authoring Molecular Scenes in Proteopedia
Publication-Quality Images & Animations for Powerpoint
FirstGlance in Jmol -- Part III
Salt Bridges & Cation-Pi Orbital Interactions
Color by Undertainty ("Temperature")
Gaps in the Model due to Disorder
Intrinsically Unstructured Proteins
Structural Bioinformatics and Genomics.
Homology (Comparative) Modeling
Assessing Model Quality
Publication Quality Images and Animations with Polyview-3D
Finishing Powerpoint Slides
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