- Conference date: 8-11 February 2006
- Location: Zaragoza (Spain)
We review theoretical approaches, experiments and numerical simulations that have been recently proposed to investigate the folding problem in single‐domain proteins. From a theoretical point of view, we emphasize the energy landscape approach. As far as experiments are concerned, we focus on the recent development of single‐molecule techniques. In particular, we compare the results obtained with two main techniques: single protein force measurements with optical tweezers and single‐molecule fluorescence in studies on the same protein (RNase H). This allows us to point out some controversial issues such as the nature of the denatured and intermediate states and possible folding pathways. After reviewing the various numerical simulation techniques, we show that on‐lattice protein‐like models can help to understand many controversial issues.
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