Role(s) of metal(s) in proteins?

Josh jj_barnett at
Sun Oct 7 23:45:18 EST 2001

Well, given that the talk only goes for 10 minutes, it is *impossible* to go
into any great detail...So, does anyone have a URL for me? At this point I
will probably just examine the structural and functional aspects of metals
in proteins, with one or two examples of each, plus a quick look at the
metal coordination complexes of proteins. Any disagreements?

There were a choice of 40 topics available for the students in the course,
ranging from the Greek Key, to zinc fingers, protein folding, beta barrels,
electrostatic interactions, glycosylation etc....SO, given the length of the
presentations and the scope of the subject, I guess the lecturer wants us to
do our own research and learn things that are not necessarily part of the
course. And, by nature, we will learn more than contained in the 10mins of
the actual talk. BUT, does anyone have any starting points to look at the
roles of metals in proteins?

"Artem Evdokimov" <AEVDOKIMOZ at> wrote in message
news:IU5w7.80625$6q.8919872 at
> I am not suggesting to go into quantum mechanical aspects of lantanoid
> interactions with specific antibodies. For a general course load, that
> indeed be excessive. However,  interaction of metals with proteins and the
> roles metal ions play in biocatalysis, recognition, folding and so forth
> one of the KEY CONCEPTS in molecular/structural biology. By crude count,
> least half of all enzymes contain metal centers either in the active site
> elswhere in strategic locations. This is not something that you can
> to the 'obscure facts, used once in a lifetime' category.
> It is entirely possible to learn many things in-depth. It's just hard, and
> it takes time. If you are afraid of the heat, then do not enter the
> :)
> A.
> > I very strongly and heartily disagree here - as you can't learn
> > in detail. To have a very broad knowledge, even if much of what you know
> you
> > don't know in detail, is often essential for seeing the larger picture
> > what you are working on. If you think something that you know rather
> > sketchily becomes relevant to your work, then you can read up on it.
> >
> > Too many researchers, in my opinion, are too narrow and focussed in
> > work - and fail to look at the broader picture.
> >
> > However, I guess, each to their own, and different types of scientists
> will
> > balance out....(I'm a geologist/molecular biologist - that's often hard
> > work with, considering I'm not into palaeontology)
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Mitchell
> >
> >

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