Any undergraduate studying biochemistry will be taught that the structure of biological molecules determines their function. This is true. For example, enzymes (nature’s catalysts) have active sites which are adapted to complement the shape of the molecules they bind to. However, biological macromolecules like proteins are constantly in motion – shaking, wobbling and vibrating. This mobility is also critical to their function, a point I will illustrate with examples from my own research on proteins. Mutations can result in changes to how proteins fold and move – events which can result in genetic diseases. My aim in this lecture is to demonstrate that protein structure and mobility determine biological function.
Protein shakes – why the mobility of biomolecules matters
Professor of Biochemistry
Thursday 18 May 2017 at 6.30 pm.
Huxley Lecture Theatre
Huxley Building, Moulsecoomb
Free event. All are welcome. If you would like to attend please register online no later than 48 hours prior to the event.