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Chapter 9. Visualizing Protein Structure... > Computing Physicochemical Properties

9.9. Computing Physicochemical Properties

We've already discussed forces that control the interactions between individual atoms in a protein molecule. However, to understand intermolecular interactions, it may be more interesting to learn how all the atoms in a protein act together at a distance, to influence other proteins or ligands.

The electrostatic potential of an object is a measure of the force exerted by that object on other nearby objects. The electrostatic potential of a protein molecule is a long-range force that can influence the behavior of other molecules in the environment at a range of up to 15 angstroms.


  

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