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Biomaterials Science: Structural Transitions in Viral Capsids Twarock, Reidun


A large number of human, animal and plant viruses have protein containers that provide protection for their genomes. In many cases the organisation of these containers can be described via surface lattices with icosahedral symmetry. In this talk, mathematical tools for the modelling of such capsid structures will be introduced and used to model the structural transitions these containers must undergo in order to become infective. These transitions result in expansions of the capsid with simultaneous rearrangements of the protein lattice and such containers and lattice transitions could provide inspiration for the design of new protein containers in bionanotechnology.

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