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Showing surfaces in Jmol

Proteins are often shown as cartoon to illustrate their fold. However, the small molecules that interact with proteins do not "see" the fold, they interact with the surface of the protein. How they interact depends on the shape of the surface, the distribution of charges, functional groups and hydrophobic patches. The conservation of surface residues among related proteins from different organisms gives clues about functionally important sites on the surface. Showing a protein in a surface representation with a color scheme that highlights features is an excellent way to communicate structural information.

But how can we using Jmol? This page shows some examples, and editing this page shows the jmol commands used.

Drag the structure with the mouse to rotate

Proteopedia Page Contributors and Editors (what is this?)

Karsten Theis, Eric Martz

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