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Understanding Protein Folding Through Peptide Models

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From the time it was recognized that proteins are made up primarily of secondary structures, theories of protein folding have used secondary structural elements as important building blocks. Peptides have played a central role in elucidating the factors that stabilize individual elements of secondary structure and are now being employed to study higher levels of organization. The control of conformation in peptides has taken on new relevance with the realization that protein folding plays a central role in many disease states.
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Keywords: Peptide Models; elements; protein

Document Type: Review Article

Affiliations: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, BSW 262, P. O. Box 21008, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721.

Publication date: 2005-02-01

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  • Protein & Peptide Letters publishes short papers in all important aspects of protein and peptide research, including structural studies, recombinant expression, function, synthesis, enzymology, immunology, molecular modeling, drug design etc. Manuscripts must have a significant element of novelty, timeliness and urgency that merit rapid publication. Reports of crystallisation, and preliminary structure determinations of biologically important proteins are acceptable. Purely theoretical papers are also acceptable provided they provide new insight into the principles of protein/peptide structure and function.
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