Protein surface recognition and proteomimetics: Mimics of protein surface structure and function

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Due to their key roles in a number of biological processes, protein-protein interactions are attractive and important targets, typically involving areas greater than 6 nm2. The disruption of such interactions remains a challenging feat but, in recent years, there has been considerable progress in the design of proteomimetics: molecules that mimic the structure and function of extended regions of protein surfaces. In particular, porphyrins, calixarenes, α-helical mimetics and small molecules have successfully modulated significant protein-protein interactions, including those involved in cancer and HIV. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)632-638
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Chemical Biology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005