Important Terms (Protein Folding)

Absorbance spectroscopy Monitors conformational transitions in macromolecules by measuring absorbance changes, usually in the aromatic region of the ultraviolet (UV) spectrum.

Circular dichroism A very commonly used method for studying protein conformational changes.

Fluorescence The most sensitive of the commonly used optical methods for studying protein unfolding transitions.

Nuclear magnetic resonance A powerful method for studies with proteins, as there is such a large number of resolved signals.

Scanning calorimetry Measures the variation in the specific heat of a protein containing solution as a protein is thermally unfolded.

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