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FEBS Lett. 2004 Apr 30;564(3):269-73.

Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.

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Escola Paulista de Medicina, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Abstract

Many G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) models have been built over the years. The release of the structure of bovine rhodopsin in August 2000 enabled us to analyze models built before that period to learn more about the models we build today. We conclude that the GPCR modelling field is riddled with 'common knowledge' similar to Lord Kelvin's remark in 1895 that "heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible", and we summarize what we think are the (im)possibilities of modelling GPCRs using the coordinates of bovine rhodopsin as a template. Associated WWW pages: www.gpcr.org/articles/2003_mod.

PMID:
15111108
DOI:
10.1016/S0014-5793(04)00320-5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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