Recommended Readings: David Baker, Ph.D., April 29

Special Lecture Series
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
3:45 p.m., Carson Family Auditorium (CRC)

David Baker, Ph.D.,
Professor of Biochemistry,
University of Washington
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Post-Evolutionary Biology: Design of Novel Protein Structures, Functions and Assemblies

Recommended Readings

Empirical Articles

Bradley, P., Misura, K. M., & Baker, D. (2005). Toward high-resolution de novo structure prediction for small proteins. Science, 309(5742), 1868-1871.

Cooper, S., Khatib, F., Treuille, A., Barbero, J., Lee, J., Beenen, M., … & Popović, Z. (2010). Predicting protein structures with a multiplayer online game. Nature, 466(7307), 756-760. doi:10.1038/nature09304

Eiben, C. B., Siegel, J. B., Bale, J. B., Cooper, S., Khatib, F., Shen, B. W., … & Baker, D. (2012). Increased Diels-Alderase activity through backbone remodeling guided by Foldit players. Nature Biotechnology, 30(2), 190-192. doi:10.1038/nbt.2109

Jiang, L., Althoff, E. A., Clemente, F. R., Doyle, L., Röthlisberger, D., Zanghellini, A., … & Baker, D. (2008). De novo computational design of retro-aldol enzymes. Science, 319(5868), 1387-1391. doi:10.1126/science.1152692

Review Papers

Adams, P. D., Baker, D., Brunger, A. T., Das, R., DiMaio, F., Read, R. J., … & Terwilliger, T. C. (2013). Advances, interactions, and future developments in the CNS, Phenix, and Rosetta structural biology software systems. Annual Review of Biophysics, 42, 265-287.doi: 10.1146/annurev-biophys-083012-130253

Das, R., & Baker, D. (2008). Macromolecular modeling with Rosetta. Annual Review of Biophysics, 77, 363-382. doi:10.1146/annurev.biochem.77.062906.171838

Gamers Solve Protein Puzzle That Stumped Science

What has taken researchers more than a decade to chip away it, gamers solved in weeks.   Foldit players have solved the structure of a retroviral protease of the Mason-Pfizer monkey virus; their solution and its validation appear in a paper published online in advance in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology this week. The University of Washington’s David Baker, the Foldit creator, tells Nature‘s News blog that “the M-PMV structure had stumped scientists for a very long time before Foldit players made their breakthrough, adding: “This is the first example I know of game players solving a long-standing scientific problem.”

Foldit – Play A Video Game, Contribute To Medical Science

A new game, named Foldit, turns protein folding into a competitive sport. Introductory levels teach the rules, which are the same laws of physics by which protein strands curl and twist into three-dimensional shapes – key for biological mysteries ranging from Alzheimer’s to vaccines.

After about 20 minutes of training, people feel like they’re playing a video game but are actually mouse-clicking in the name of medical science.