Per Aspera Ad Chaos: a Personal Journey to the Wonderland of Intrinsic Disorder

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Intrinsically Disordered Proteins, Protein Conformation, Protein Structure, Structure–function Continuum

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This perspective article describes some of the key points of my personal journey through the intriguing world of intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs). It also shows the evolution of my perception of functional proteins from a standard lock-and-key theory, where a unique function is defined by a unique 3D structure, to the structure–function continuum model, where the structural heterogeneity and conformational plasticity of IDPs define their remarkable multifunctionality and binding promiscuity. These personal accounts of the difficult and lengthy transition from order to disorder paralleled the uneasy and challenging transition in the mind of the scientific community from disbelief in intrinsic disorder to acceptance of IDPs as real entities that play critical biological roles. I hope that this perspective will be of interest to the readers of this journal.

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Biochemistry, v. 478, issue 15, p. 3015-3024