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Membrane proteins are involved in a wide variety of cellular processes, and are typically part of the first interaction a cell has with extracellular molecules. As a result, these proteins comprise a majority of known drug targets. Membrane proteins are among the most difficult proteins to obtain and characterize, and a structure-based understanding of their properties can be difficult to elucidate. Notwithstanding, the design of membrane proteins can provide stringent tests of our understanding of these crucial biological systems, as well as introduce novel or targeted functionalities. Computational design methods have been particularly helpful in addressing these issues and this review discusses recent studies that tailor membrane proteins to display specific structures or functions, and how redesigned membrane proteins are being used to facilitate structural and functional studies.
The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.str.2011.12.003
Perez Aguilar, J., & Saven, J. G. (2012). Computational Design of Membrane Proteins. Structure, 20 (1), 5-14. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.str.2011.12.003
Date Posted: 07 December 2016
This document has been peer reviewed.