1996 Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT) Convention

Here is GroEL, a multimeric protein complex believed to be involved in protein folding as the nascent polypeptide chain emerges from the ribosome. The polypeptide chain could be threaded through the core of the complex. How this structure assists in folding is unknown, but these molecules are known as "chaperonins" , based on their postulated role. We thank Drs. Boyd Hardesty and Tony Kudlicke of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UT for these materials.

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