Faculty mentor: Martin Horvath
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in wealthier nations and there is currently no way to slow or stop the progression of the disease. Xanthophylls help protect the macula from oxidative light damage, but we don’t know much about how they interact with binding proteins. I used the molecular docking program AutoDock Vina to come up with likely solutions to the structure of the GSTP1/Zeaxanthin complex.
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