The protein folding process has been studied both computationally and experimentally for over 30 years. To date there is no detailed mechanism to explain the formation of long-range interactions between the transition and native states. Long-range interactions are the principle determinants of the tertiary structure. We present a theoretical model which proposes a mechanism for the acquisition of these interactions as they form in a modified version of ‘degrees of separation’, that we term ‘levels of separation’. It is based on the integration of network science and biochemistry. (C) 2012 Federation of European Biochemical Societies.
Original Publication Citation
Greene, L. H., & Grant, T. M. (2012). Protein folding by 'levels of separation': A hypothesis. FEBS Letters, 586(7), 962-966. doi:10.1016/j.febslet.2012.02.040
Greene, Lesley H. and Grant, Terri M., "Protein Folding by 'Levels of Separation': A Hypothesis" (2012). Chemistry & Biochemistry Faculty Publications. 135.