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Chaperonin folding protein, molecular model. Chaperonins are proteins that provide favourable conditions for the correct folding of other proteins, preventing aggregation (clumping) due to mis-folded proteins. This is a chaperone in its pre-hydrolysis ATP-bound open (lidless) state. For the closed state, see C015/5559. This example is from the Methanococcus maripaludis archaeon, a methane-producing microbe (methanogen).
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