Carrying Cargo: Exploring non-covalent interactions between proteins and small molecules in blood transport
Grade level: 9-12
Objectives: After completion, students will understand how the hydrophobic and hydrophilic interactions between proteins and small molecules are utilized in transporting of lipids and other substances in the blood
Summary: Students use the data and the information from the RCSB.org and PDB101.RCSB.org websites to learn about the function of serum albumin and to examine the protein in 3D. They explore the structural features and the non-covalent interactions that are employed by the protein to carry fatty acids in the blood.