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While membrane protein accounts for 30% of the encoded protein in most genomes, there has been limited success in structural determination due to their hydrophobicity and strong dependence to surrounding membrane environment. This chapter briefly introduces membrane protein and their common structures, as well as common membrane mimics used for the studies of membrane protein. Nandosic, which is a small disc-shaped lipid bilayer enclosed by two copies of membrane scaffold protein, has recently been employed in the field of membrane protein study due to its high stability, size homogeneity and the ability to provide a near native membrane environment for the membrane protein embedded. In order to investigate how the different properties of nanodisc would affect the function of membrane protein, proton pumping integral membrane protein bacteriorhodopsin has been incorporated, which is also introduced in this chapter.


Membrane Scaffold Protein (MSP) Bacteriorhodopsin Membrane Mimic Amphipols Photocycle Kinetics 
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