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Title: RELAXATIONS AND FLUCTUATIONS IN MYOGLOBIN

One major goal of biological physics is the discovery and understanding of the concepts and laws that govern biomolecules, in particular proteins. Since there exist at least 10{sup 5} different proteins, the choice of a suitable prototype is necessary. Myoglobin (Mb) has for many years played the role of such a prototype. It appears to be simple enough so that many of its properties can be understood, yet it is complex enough to display many of the fascinating characteristics of biomolecules. One major achievement in the study of any protein would be the establishment of convincing connections among structure, kinetics, energy landscape, dynamics, and function. We believe that this goal has not yet been reached in any protein, but the present knowledge of Mb gives some hope that the end is near in this case. Here we sketch some of the results that have been obtained in the past fifty or more years in the research on Mb, obtained by an army of investigators.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
768895
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-00-3603
TRN: AH200123%%403
DOE Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Conference title not supplied, Conference location not supplied, Conference dates not supplied; Other Information: PBD: 1 Aug 2000
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab., NM (US)
Sponsoring Org:
US Department of Energy (US)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; FLUCTUATIONS; KINETICS; MYOGLOBIN; PHYSICS; PROTEINS