Heterogeneous nucleation in sickle hemoglobin: experimental validation of a structural mechanism.

Abstract

Sickle hemoglobin polymerizes by two types of nucleation: homogeneous nucleation of aggregates in solution, and heterogeneous nucleation on preexisting polymers. It has been proposed that the same contact that is made in the interior of the polymer between the mutant site beta6 and its receptor pocket on an adjacent molecule is the primary contact site for… (More)

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