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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

Cyclophilin 40

The large immunophilin family consists of domains of cyclophilin or FK506 binding protein linked to a tetratricopeptide (TPR) domain. They are intimately associated with steroid receptor complexes and bind to the C-terminal domain of Hsp90 via the TPR domain. The competitive binding of specific large immunophilins and other TPR-Hsp90 proteins provides a regulatory mechanism for Hsp90 chaperone activity. We have solved the X-ray structures of monoclinic and tetragonal forms of Cyp40. In the monoclinic form, the TPR domain consists of seven helices of variable length incorporating three......

Cyclophilin 40 structure

Full details of this structure can be found here

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