Intrinsically disordered proteins: modes of binding with emphasis on disordered domains

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Our notions of protein function have long been determined by the protein structure-function paradigm. However, the idea that protein function is dictated by a prerequisite complementarity of shapes at the binding interface is becoming increasingly challenged. Interactions involving intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) have indicated a significant degree of disorder present in the bound state, ranging from static disorder to complete disorder, termed 'random fuzziness'. This review assesses the anatomy of an IDP and relates how its intrinsic properties permit promiscuity and allow for the various modes of interaction. Furthermore, a mechanistic overview of the types of disordered domains is detailed, while also relating to a recent example and the kinetic and thermodynamic principles governing its formation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number210222
Pages (from-to)210222
Number of pages1
JournalOpen Biology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021


  • fuzzy binding
  • intrinsic disorder
  • protein folding


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