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The Madras Triple Helix:Origins and Current Status

Bansal, Manju (2001) The Madras Triple Helix:Origins and Current Status. In: Resonance, 6 . pp. 38-47.

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Madras triple helix’ was the name assigned by the scientific community in the West, to the molecular model proposed for the fibrous protein collagen, by G N Ramachandran’s group at the University of Madras. As mentioned jocularly in a recent retrospective of this work by Sasisekharan and Yathindra [1], the term was possibly coined due to the difficulty of Western scientists in pronouncing the Indian names of Ramachandran and his associates. The unravelling of the precise nature of collagen structure indeed makes for a fascinating story and as succinctly put by Dickerson [2]: “... to trace the evolution of the structure of collagen is to trace the evolution of fibrous protein crystallography in miniature”. This article is a brief review highlighting the pioneering contributions made by G N Ramachandran in elucidating the correct structure of this important molecule and is a sincere tribute by the author to her mentor, doctoral thesis supervisor and major source of inspiration for embarking on a career in biophysics

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Resonance
Publisher: Indian Academy of Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy of Science.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Biophysics Unit
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2011 06:02
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2011 06:02
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/35757

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