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Introduction to Protein Structure

2nd Edition

By Carl Ivar Branden, John Tooze

Garland Science

410 pages

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Paperback: 9780815323051
pub: 1999-01-01
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Introduction to Protein Structure provides an account of the principles of protein structure, with examples of key proteins in their biological context generously illustrated in full-color to illuminate the structural principles described in the text. The first few chapters introduce the general principles of protein structure both for novices and for non-specialists needing a primer. Subsequent chapters use specific examples of proteins to show how they fulfill a wide variety of biological functions. The book ends with chapters on the experimental approach to determining and predicting protein structure, as well as engineering new proteins to modify their functions.



Table of Contents


1. The Building Blocks

2. Motifs of Protein Structure

3. α-Domain Structures

4. α/β Structures

5. β Structures

6. Folding and Flexibility

7. DNA Structures


8. DNA Recognition in Procaryotes by Helix-Turn-Helix Motifs

9. DNA Recognition by Eukaryotic Transcription Factors

10. Specific Transcription Factors Belong to a Few Families

11. An Example of Enzyme Catalysis: Serine Proteinases

12. Membrane Proteins

13. Signal Transduction

14. Fibrous Proteins

15. Recognition of Foreign Molecules by the Immune System

16. The Structure of Spherical Viruses

17. Prediction, Engineering, and Design of Protein Structures

18. Determination of Protein Structures

About the Authors

Carl Branden was educated at Uppsala University (PhD) and the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Biology, Cambridge, where he was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of J.C. Kendrew. He has pursued a career in basic research, science administration (as science advisor to the Swedish Government), and biotechnology. Formerly Research Director of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France, he is now at the Microbiology and Tumor Biology Center at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. A protein crystallographer with a distinguished academic career in research and teaching, he has made major contributions to the understanding of many biological structures, and is an editor of Structure.

John Tooze was educated at Cambridge University (MA), London University (PhD) and Harvard University (where he was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of J.D. Watson). After several years in basic research, he moved principally into science administration and science publishing, notably as the executive secretary of the European Molecular Biology Organisation, Heidelberg, Germany. He is currently Director of Support Services at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund Laboratories, London, and editor of EMBO Journal. A molecular biologist, his previous books include Molecular Biology of Tumor Viruses, The DNA Story (with J.D. Watson) and the very successful first edition of Recombinant DNA: A Short Course (with J.D. Watson and D.T. Kurtz).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / General
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Cytology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Molecular Biology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General