As you may already be aware, I have moved my blog over to WordPress for practical reasons. I've enjoyed Blogger for its simplicity, but the experience on WordPress is just easier.
This move takes place in December 2016, when I am celebrating the 20th anniversary of EMBL-EBI's Protein Data Bank in Europe with a series of posts on intriguing structures.
My nine ‘Structures of Christmas’ start with lysozyme, a protein found in our tears (and egg whites). It is one of the most researched protein structures, and was the first enzyme structure to be solved via X-ray diffraction.
My other "Structures of Christmas" are:
- A machine that makes machines
- A protein that lets us see light
- An entity that causes a hideous disease in cattle
- An inefficient molecule that led to the evolution of plants
- A killer of human gut cells that tricks a human protein into helping it
- A sophisticated tool vertebrates use to defend themselves, which employs a deliberate randomisation strategy
- A major player in giving a cell its shape and making cells move
- A structure that helps break down lactose to galactose and glucose, and was determined at very high resolution using cryo-Electron Microscopy.