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Molecular modelling for investigating structure - function relationships of soy glycinin.

Withana-Gamage, T.S. and Wanasundara, P.K.J.P.D. (2012). "Molecular modelling for investigating structure - function relationships of soy glycinin.", Trends in Food Science & Technology, 28(2), pp. 153-167. doi : 10.1016/j.tifs.2012.06.014  Access to full text


Increasing global food protein demand drives research to improve existing sources for efficient use or to convert unconventional sources to mainstream protein ingredients. The structure at all levels is the most important intrinsic property that dictates suitability of a protein for food use. High throughput sequencing has facilitated genome mapping of food plants at an accelerated pace, however, the information is poorly utilized in food protein research. Use of bioinformatics for data mining and molecular modelling in revealing structure-function relations is discussed using soybean glycinin as a model protein. This in silico approach is complementary to the process of understanding food protein molecule structure, and linking molecule physico-chemical properties with the functionalities that protein provides in food.

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