Studying the folding of ubiquitin

We’re studying the folding of ubiquitin, a small regulatory protein found in almost all cells in human body. It is part of a large regulatory system that labels other unneeded proteins for destruction. The ubiquitin system has an important role in regulating cellular growth and proliferation. As expected, alterations in the ubiquitin system could lead to uncontrolled accumulation of malignant proteins in cells and lead to cancer.