Dynamics of proteins plays critical roles for functions and interactions. Traditional structural biology provides limited insights on highly flexible, yet functional, regions, since these are absent in most crystal- and cryo-EM structures. This project will utilize an approach that combines molecular biology, NMR spectroscopy, and molecular dynamics simulations to characterise how dynamic proteins interact with binding partners. Focus will be on two blood coagulation factors: von Willebrand factor and factor VIII, where the disordered a3 domain of factor VIII is imperative for high-affinity binding. This project is highly interdisciplinary, involving substantial elements of computational modelling, NMR spectroscopy and wet-lab work.
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