Idealab: Computer simulation of protein folding

  • October 30, 2013 · 5:30 PM
  • Ahnon's

Come join IdeaLab, the global DIYbio Journal Club. Every other week, we will be discussing in detail a recent paper from the bioscience literature, with online participants from Counter Culture Labs, BioCurious, Genspace, and other DIYbio groups.

Dan Orr is going to lead us on a discussion of Warshel and Levitt's 1975 Nature article on modeling protein folds, which led to their recent Nobel prize in chemistry:

Computer simulation of protein folding

Michael Levitt & Arieh Warshel

A new and very simple representation of protein conformations has been used together with energy minimisation and thermalisation to simulate protein folding. Under certain conditions, the method succeeds in ‘renaturing’ bovine pancreatic trypsin inhibitor from an open-chain conformation into a folded conformation close to that of the native molecule.

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  • Anthony

    More recent development along similar lines, in case anyone wants more:

    October 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is very cool but I promised to go to a pumpking carving :( Related:

    October 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member


      October 30, 2013

  • Anthony

    Excellent. This topic is related to some work I have planned in terms of simulation/inference methods used. Looking forward to the discussion.

    October 25, 2013

  • Rebecca E S.

    Met Patrick (for second time) at BEBIO event yesterday- Hi ! What is the reading for the 30th, please ?

    October 23, 2013

    • Patrik

      Topic updated! We'll be doing a blast from the past...

      October 24, 2013

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