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Curr Opin Struct Biol. 1996 Feb;6(1):3-10.

Sequence space, folding and protein design.

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Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge 02139, USA.


Protein design efforts are beginning to yield molecules with many of the properties of natural proteins. Such experiments are informed by and contribute to our understanding of the sequence determinants of protein folding and stability. The most important design elements seem to be the proper placement of hydrophobic residues along the polypeptide chain and the ability of these residues to form a well packed core. Buried polar interactions, turn and capping motifs and secondary structural propensities also contribute, although probably to a lesser extent.

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