Mathematical Approaches to Studying Molecular Interactions

Start: 03/27/2008 - 2:00pm
End  : 03/27/2008 - 3:00pm

Applied Math Seminar

Prof. Julie C. Mitchell (U. Wisconsin)


Proteins, such as enzymes and antibodies, perform many important biological functions. Proteins function by binding to other molecules, and the unique shape and biochemical features of a protein determine its binding partners and hence its function.

Mathematical and statistical approaches to the study of protein interactions can be a useful complement to experiment. We outline how global optimization can be used to predict binding geometries. In addition, we demonstrate how statistical analysis of the geometrical and biophysical features of protein interfaces can be applied toward designing proteins having novel properties, such as enzymes able to selectively kill cancer cells.

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