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 models, or
Using laptop computers, students will learn how to find 3D protein molecular models for proteins in their research, how to construct homology models, and how to use FirstGlance in Jmol (adopted by the journal Nature) to investigate key structural features.
Protein structure will be related to
and drug design.
"Biological units" (specific oligomers) will be constructed 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.
Each student will prepare Powerpoint slides capturing the concepts and skills they have learned. All the software is web browser-based, easy to use, works on Windows or Mac OS X, requires no installation, is free and open-source, and is expected to be available for years to come.
Use the Chrome browser
Installing and Enabling Java
Protein Data Bank & PDB Codes
Finding molecular models of interest.
Begin Powerpoint Slides.
Review of Protein Chemistry and Structure.
Introduction to Structural Bioinformatics.
|IV. FirstGlance in Jmol for exploring any macromolecule.
|Potassium channel (1R3J) showing membrane surface planes (from OPM).
Introduction to Multiple Sequence Alignment (MSA) and Conservation
Structure of Atomic Coordinate ("PDB") Files
|Effect of mutation on protein function
mutation LOST from gene pool
mutation remains in gene pool
* in methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2),
ASASPKQRRS IIRDRGPMYD DPTLPEGWTR KLKQRKSGRS AGKYDVYLIN
PQGKAFRSKV ELIMYFEKVG DTSLDPNDFD FTVTGRGSPS RHHHHHH
** R133C causes Rett syndrome, a severe neurological disorder.
Gray: disordered in crystal, absent in model 3c2i.
Evolutionary Conservation with ConSurf-DB
Authoring Molecular Scenes in Proteopedia
Publication-Quality Images & Animations for Powerpoint
FirstGlance in Jmol -- Part II
Intrinsically Unstructured Proteins
Structural Bioinformatics and Genomics.
Homology (Comparative) Modeling
Publication Quality Images and Animations with Polyview-3D
Finishing Powerpoint Questions
Click on the above image for
a larger view and explanation.
Probably we will not have time in class to spend on these resources. Links are provided here in case you are interested to look at these later.
Simplified SV40 Virus Capsid.
Lac repressor bending the DNA operon. If this image is not moving, reload the page.