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Structure Comparison
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Structure Comparison

June 22, 2010
Structure Comparison A comparison of the structure of a muscle protein with the structure of the ribosome. The small protein, called 127, is one of about three hundred proteins forming an elastic band, called titin, that endows muscle with passive elasticity. The ribosome is a complex of three large RNA molecules and fifty proteins with three million atoms; it reads genetic information and synthesizes from it proteins of correct amino acid sequence. The ribosome cannot be subdivided in carrying out its function. A functioning ribosome will be simulated on the new Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) computer, located at the University of Texas at Austin, with thousands of processors. Protein 127 can be simulated on a laptop. To learn more about research at TACC, see NSF Press Release 06-137, "National Science Foundation Awards Texas Advanced Computing Center $59 Million for High-Performance Computing." (Date of Image: Oct. 2006)


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