Robert Huber

Structures of Proteins and Innovations in Science and Medicine


Abstract

Protein crystallography experienced in the last twenty years a rapid development in methods and instrumentation, allowing the determination of very large and complex protein structures, particularly when combined with electron microscopy. These structures document an unlimited versatility and adaptability of the proteins´ architecture, but reveal also unexpected relationships. The structures are a basis for understanding their binding specificities and catalytic properties (chemistry), their spectral and electron transfer properties (physics), and their roles in physiological systems (biology and medicine). They allow design and development of specific ligands of target proteins opening novel ways for therapeutic intervention and for plant protection.


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