Structure and Function of Small Blue Copper Proteins

  • Elinor T. Adman
Part of the Topics in Molecular and Structural Biology book series (TMSB)

Abstract

When one studies the structure of a protein, one is confronted with a plethora of detail: all the reasons for the existence and behaviour of that particular molecule are implicit in its structure. We, as observers, must try and sort out which of those details are relevant to the function, and which to its history or its relatedness to other structures. The structures of the two blue copper proteins, azurin and plastocyanin, provide an opportunity to do just that.

Keywords

Chromium Cysteine Carbonyl Lysine Ruthenium 

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