Viewing Macromolecular Structures
Recent developments in our understanding
of macromolecular structure are astounding! Viewing and manipulating
the structures of proteins involved in microbial adaptation and
development will greatly enhance your understanding - the
structures are beautiful and
Viewing Software (e.g.
You may use molecular
modeling/viewing software to view structures discussed in class and/or
to prepare structure diagrams for your lab reports.
and Rasmol are
popular molecular viewing programs.
is a more user friendly version of the popular, well established
program so we recommend that you use Rastop for this course. Here
is a link to a RasTop tutorial.
Molecular structure data files are available free from the Protein
Data Bank. You can download structure files
from that site, then view and manipulate them
The PDB contains structures of
many of the proteins we'll discuss in MAD lectures. Protein Database ID numbers
will be provided so that you
can view these structures directly, using the array of viewing options
available on the PDB site.
You can also search the database
related to the lectures, your Literature Research Lab project and other topics...
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