Fractal form of proteins

H. J. Stapleton, James Paul Allen, C. P. Flynn, D. G. Stinson, S. R. Kurtz

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Electron spin relaxation measurements on low-spin Fe3+ in several proteins show that they occupy a space of fractal dimensionality d=1.650.04, in conformity with the dimensionality d=53 of a self-avoiding random walk. Analysis of myoglobin x-ray data independently confirms this fractal dimension.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1456-1459
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 1980

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    Stapleton, H. J., Allen, J. P., Flynn, C. P., Stinson, D. G., & Kurtz, S. R. (1980). Fractal form of proteins. Physical Review Letters, 45(17), 1456-1459.