Psi loops

Psi-loops consist of two antiparallel strands linked by a '+2' connection (Richardson, 1981) i.e. with one strand in between, hydrogen bonded to both of them (Tang et al., 1978) In contrast to the beta-alpha-beta units these occur very rarely in proteins (Hutchinson & Thornton, 1990). Just the start and end residues of each of the two strands involved are included at the moment.


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Gail Hutchinson 22nd May, 1996 spacer