An Application of Cubic Splines to Evaluate Helicity

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 12:30pm
Zoom presentation
Matthew Peek
(MU Math)

This project explores different helicity functions of proteins and the convenience of Jupyter notebooks to evaluate the helicity of a protein. First, I will give an introduction of initial programming steps, such as reading in the protein files and graphing the backbone of each protein. Next, I will use a discretized helicity function to demonstrate evaluating the helices of a protein backbone and problems that may occur. Then I will give some background on cubic splines and their properties, in order to communicate their usefulness for evaluating helicity. Further, I will calculate a vector that remains invariant along helices. This, in turn, will be used to form my own helicity function.

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