In this topic students will learn the about the functions of cellular proteins and contemporary approaches that are used for the study and characterisation of proteins. Students will build on concepts introduced at second year level. This topic review the process of protein translation, and then examine the post-translational events that affect the structure, function and cellular location of proteins. Traditional techniques for the study of proteins such as protein purification, electrophoresis, western-blotting and enzyme kinetics will be contrast with more contemporary techniques such as mass spectrometry techniques for identification of entire proteomes and computer based approaches for evaluating protein structure and function.
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