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Proteins, Crystals and mechanisms

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Structural biology provides a fundamental molecular understanding of biological processes. One of the most common ways to determine a protein structure is through its crystallisation and subsequent exposure to X-rays. Within this talk I shall highlight how one goes from a protein in solution to a crystal and finally to a three-dimensional structure. Along this way I shall point out some of the most common pitfalls that we face, almost seemingly on a daily basis. Finally, I will demonstrate with a specific example form our current research how structures provide a rational for enzyme mechanism and a more global implication in cellular signalling. This provides potential pharmacological targets for treating human diseases.

This talk is part of the Darwin College Science Seminars series.

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