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Welcome to Structural Biochemistry @ Edinburgh

Image of the Michael Swann Building This is the new website for the Structural Biochemistry Group. Based in purpose built research laboratories within the Michael Swann building on the University of Edinburgh's King's Buildings campus the SBG is home to a collection of independent research groups united by their common interest in the structure and function of biological molecules.

The group has an international mix of personnel and expertise in protein expression and purification as well as protein structure determination by X-ray crystallography and NMR. Our research interests are broad and range from the rational design of novel inhibitors for cell cycle kinases to the structure and function of membrane proteins.

Via this website you can learn more about the research activities of the individual laboratories within the group. You can also browse some of the many protein structures that have been determined by our researchers or view current opportunities for study or employment.

Featured Structure

Flavocytochrome c(3)

The 1.8 A resolution crystal structure of the tetraheme flavocytochrome c3, Fcc3, provides the first mechanistic insight into respiratory fumarate reductases or succinate dehydrogenases. The multi-redox center, three-domain protein shows a 40 A long molecular wire allowing rapid conduction of electrons through a new type of cytochrome domain onto the active site flavin, driving the reduction of fumarate to succinate. In this structure a malate-like molecule is trapped in the enzyme active site. The interactions between this molecule and the enzyme suggest a clear mechanism for fumarate reduction in which the substrate is polarized and twisted, facilitating hydride transfer from the reduced flavin and......

Flavocytochrome c(3) structure

Full details of this structure can be found here

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