Katherine A. Niessen

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Protein biological function depends on structural flexibility and change. From cellular communication through membrane ion channels to oxygen uptake and delivery by haemoglobin, structural changes are critical. It has been suggested that vibrations that extend through the protein play a crucial role in controlling these structural changes. While nature may(More)
A suggested mechanism for allosteric response is the distortion of the energy landscape with agonist binding changing the protein structure’s access to functional configurations. Intramolecular vibrations are indicative of the energy landscape and may have trajectories that enable functional conformational change. Here, we discuss the development of an(More)
Nearly all protein functions require structural change, such as enzymes clamping onto substrates, and ion channels opening and closing. These motions are a target for possible new therapies; however, the control mechanisms are under debate. Calculations have indicated protein vibrations enable structural change. However, previous measurements found these(More)
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