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An Introduction to Protein Science

University of Oxford , Oxford, England
26 - 27 November 1998

Invited Speakers: Dr David Harris (Course Director)read Biochemistry at Oxford
University and conducted his post-doctoral work in Amsterdam
before returning to Oxford. After lecturing at Leeds University
he returned to Oxford once more and is currently a lecturer
in Biochemistry.

Dr Mark Sansom studied as an undergraduate in Biochemistry
at Oxford University moving into Molecular Biophysics for
post-graduate work. In 1991 he returned from Nottingham
University - where he had been lecturing in Zoology - to
take up a lectureship at Oxford in Biochemistry and he is
currently a University reader in Biochemistry.

1. Protein Structure Basics
Mark Sansom
· Amino acids, peptides and proteins
· Local conformation – the Ramachandran plot
· Secondary structure – regularity within proteins
· Tertiary structure – folding the backbone
· Domains and modules

2. Protein Folds
Mark Sansom
· Databases of protein stucture – displaying folds
· All a folds e.g. 4 helix bundles. ‘Synthetic proteins’
· All b folds e.g retinol binding protein
· a/b folds – e.g.the TIM barrel and a+b folds – e.g. lysozyme
· multidomain proteins e.g. pyruvate kinase

3. Chemically modified proteins
David Harris
· Chemical properties of amino acid side chains
· Directed protein modifiers as drugs – affinity labels and suicide substrates
· Covalent modification of proteins as a means of control
· Glycosylation – sites of protein glycosylation and the existence of glycoforms

4. Purifying proteins
David Harris
· Releasing proteins from cells and membranes
· Protein surfaces – exploiting their features in purification
· Genetic engineering of proteins for ease of purification
· Chromatography in aqueous media – size exclusion, ion exchange, hydrophobic interactions
· Exploiting protein specificity – the design of affinity matrices

5. Determination of protein structures
Mark Sansom
· Study of secondary structure using CD and FTIR
· Protein nmr – principles and applications
· X-ray crystallography of proteins – principles and applications
· Electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy
· Computational methods – homology modelling and secondary structure prediction

6. Protein stability and folding
Mark Sansom
· Structures on the edge - stability of the native state of proteins
· Folding, unfolding and refolding – experimental methods in vitro
· The molten globule state
· Folding in the cell and the role of chaperonins

7. Enzymes and catalysis
David Harris
· Theories of catalysis – can an enzyme be a ‘perfect’ catalyst?
· The active site concept – catalytic groups and ‘push-pull’ catalysis
· Activation entropy and strain – why enzymes are more than just chemical catalysts
· Roles of the enzyme surface in catalysis

8. Membrane proteins
Mark Sansom
· Classification of membrane proteins
· X-ray and electron diffraction methods – problems and achievements
· From sequence to topology – bioinformatics in developing and testing model structures
· Spectroscopic approaches

9. Analytical techniques
David Harris
· Electrophoresis in gels and capillaries.
· Isoelectric focussing. 2D electrophoresis in gels
· Proteomics – visualising and identifying individual proteins
· Antibody blotting, mass spectrometry and sequencing in protein identification.

10. Antibodies and their use in analysis
David Harris
· Structure of the antibody molecule
· Generation of antibody diversity. Monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies.
· Antibodies in identification of proteins in tissues – immunocytochemistry
· Quantitative use of antibodies –heterogeneous (e.g. ELISA) and homogeneous assays
· Sensitivity and ease of use in antibody-based assays.

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