Surface and inside volumes in globular proteins

  title={Surface and inside volumes in globular proteins},
  author={Jo{\"e}l Janin},
  • J. Janin
  • Published 8 February 1979
  • Chemistry, Biology
  • Nature
MEASUREMENTS of the surface area accessible to solvent provide a convenient definition of the surface and the inside volumes in proteins of known X-ray structure. The study of the accessibility to solvent of amino acid residues in several proteins1–3 has confirmed the early observation that polar residues are found mostly on the surface and non-polar residues mostly inside globular protein structures. But the accessibility shows systematic variations with the molecular weight, because of the… 

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The present findings indicate that the variation of the accessible surface area describes an alternative hydrophobicity scale.

Distribution of accessible surfaces of amino acids in globular proteins

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Protein engineering the surface of enzymes.

The multilayered organization of water-soluble proteins

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    International journal of peptide and protein research
  • 1980
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Accessible area, packing volumes and interaction surfaces of globular proteins

It is demonstrated that accessible surface area of monomeric proteins varies as the 2/3 power of the molecular weight.

Conformation of amino acid side-chains in proteins.

Structural invariants in protein folding

An analysis of 15 protein structures indicates: First, the loss of accessible surface area by monomeric proteins on folding—proportional to hydrophobic energy—is a simple function of molecular

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  • H. F. Fisher
  • Biology, Chemistry
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • 1964
A chronology of key events and books related to Cytodifferentiation and Macromolecular Synthesis, edited by H. G. Callan and H. C. Lloyd.

Surface area of globular proteins.

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  • Biology, Medicine
    Journal of molecular biology
  • 1976