Knot theory and proteins
Friday, January 11, 2008 - 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Some proteins contain locally knotted structures. Many algorithms have been developed in order to detect local knotting in protein conformations. In some cases these algorithms are used to rule out computationally generated structures containing local knots as knotted proteins are rare. However, there are several types of proteins which contain local knots. I will give an overview of knotted proteins, the various methods used to define a local knot in a protein, and their potential significance.