The OCR Protein: gels, bananas and DNA
- Event time: 1:00pm
- Event date: 19th December 2005
- Speaker: Rik Higham (University of Edinburgh)
- Location: Room 2511, James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB) James Clerk Maxwell Building Peter Guthrie Tait Road Edinburgh EH9 3FD GB
OCR forms a novel, transparent gel in high concentrations of ammonium sulphate. It has a high negative charge density and is shaped like a banana. Biologically these properties are important in its role as a DNA mimic. To investigate the structure of the protein gel we have employed a range of experimental methods including rheology and circular dichroism. They reveal a highly elastic gel with an underlying helical structure.
This is a weekly series of informal talks given primarily by members of the soft condensed matter and statistical mechanics groups, but is also open to members of other groups and external visitors. The aim of the series is to promote discussion and learning of various topics at a level suitable to the broad background of the group. Everyone is welcome to attend..