Before beginning, make sure you understand the parameters of the assignment. Ask yourself the following questions:
Choosing a topic, or enzyme in this case, can often be the hardest step. If you don't know where to start, sometimes just browsing or exploring recent news or articles can help. While you look, remember the specific parameters that you need: 1) enzyme structure published post-2010 that has 2) a published structure paper, and 3) a PDB number. See tips below on how to choose an appropriate enzyme.
By starting your exploration in PDB, you can hit all 3 parameters at once. If an enzyme is found within this database, it likely meets 2) and 3). See below to learn how to find the most recent enzymes.
Once you have selected your enzyme, you will need to find the following in the PDB:
All of these are easily found within the results after a search. Or, you can click on a Result to get more information, especially about the Original Paper/Article in the Literature section.
To get the paper, see the next step.
To find literature/articles that give you information about your enzyme, you'll need to search a literature database. The library has many with relevant information, but for this assignment MEDLINE should serve most of your needs.
You should be able to find the original article that published your enzyme structure within MEDLINE by searching the title. Additionally, you can search for articles that include more information about your enzyme's properties.
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