Ptitsyn, Oleg


The Russian biophysicist and polymer physicist (1929–1999) who discovered the ‘molten globule’ state of proteins and developed the first statistic theory of macromolecules.

Keywords: protein folding; molten globule; polymers

Figure 1.

Oleg B. Ptitsyn (1929–1999). Reproduced by kind permission of Irina Ptitsyna.

Figure 2.

O. Ptitsyn and L. Pauling: Institute of Protein Research, Pushchino, 1978. © Finkelstein AV and Bychkova VE (2006).

Figure 3.

O. Ptitsyn at a conference in China, 1989. © Finkelstein AV and Bychkova VE (2006).


Further Reading

Birshtein TM and Ptitsyn OB (1966) Conformations of Macromolecules. New York: Interscience [Russian edition: Moscow: Nauka, 1964].

Dolgikh DA, Gilmanshin RI, Brazhnikov EV et al. (1981) Alpha‐lactalbumin: compact state with fluctuating tertiary structure? FEBS Letter 136: 311–315.

AV Finkelstein and VE Bychkova (eds) (2006) Oleg Bonsovich Ptitsyn: Personality, Scientist, Teacher, Friend (in Russian). Moscow: University Publishing House.

Finkelstein AV and Ptitsyn OB (2002) Protein Physics. Amsterdam: Academy Press, An Imprint of Elsevier Science [Russian edition: Moscow: Knizhnyi Dom Universitet, 2002].

Ptitsyn OB (1973) Sequentional mechanism of protein molecules self‐organization. Doklady Akademii Nauk SSSR 210: 1213–1215.

Ptitsyn OB (1995) Molten globule and protein folding. Advances in Protein Chemistry 47: 83–229.

Ptitsyn OB and Finkelstein AV (1980) Similarities of protein topologies: evolutionary divergence, functional convergence or principles of folding? Quarterly Reviews of Biophysics 13: 339–386.

Ptitsyn OB and Finkelstein AV (1983) Theory of protein secondary structure and algorithm of its prediction. Biopolymers 22: 15–25.

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Finkelstein, AV, and Bychkova, VE(Apr 2008) Ptitsyn, Oleg. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0021160]