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Protein interface prediction

Hasup Lee, Minkyung Baek, Gyu Rie Lee, Sangwoo Park, Chaok Seok
Many proteins function as homo- or hetero-oligomers; therefore, attempts to understand and regulate protein functions require knowledge of protein oligomer structures. The number of available experimental protein structures is increasing, and oligomer structures can be predicted using the experimental structures of related proteins as templates. However, template-based models may have errors due to sequence differences between the target and template proteins, which can lead to functional differences. Such structural differences may be predicted by loop modeling of local regions or refinement of the overall structure...
October 22, 2016: Proteins
Maite L Ortiz-Suarez, Firdaus Samsudin, Thomas J Piggot, Peter J Bond, Syma Khalid
OmpA is a multidomain protein found in the outer membranes of most Gram-negative bacteria. Despite a wealth of reported structural and biophysical studies, the structure-function relationships of this protein remain unclear. For example, it is still debated whether it functions as a pore, and the precise molecular role it plays in attachment to the peptidoglycan of the periplasm is unknown. The absence of a consensus view is partly due to the lack of a complete structure of the full-length protein. To address this issue, we performed molecular-dynamics simulations of the full-length model of the OmpA dimer proposed by Robinson and co-workers...
October 18, 2016: Biophysical Journal
Mateusz Kaduk, Christian Riegler, Oliver Lemp, Erik L L Sonnhammer
HieranoiDB ( is a freely available on-line database for hierarchical groups of orthologs inferred by the Hieranoid algorithm. It infers orthologs at each node in a species guide tree with the InParanoid algorithm as it progresses from the leaves to the root. Here we present a database HieranoiDB with a web interface that makes it easy to search and visualize the output of Hieranoid, and to download it in various formats. Searching can be performed using protein description, identifier or sequence...
October 13, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Cristina Faralla, Gabrielle A Rizzuto, David E Lowe, Byoungkwan Kim, Cara Cooke, Lawrence R Shiow, Anna I Bakardjiev
Intrauterine infection is a major detriment for maternal-child health and occurs despite local mechanisms that protect the maternal-fetal interface from a wide variety of pathogens. The bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes causes spontaneous abortion, stillbirth, and preterm labor in humans, and serves as a model for placental pathogenesis. Given the unique immunological environment of the maternal-fetal interface we hypothesized that virulence determinants with placental tropism are required for infection of this tissue...
October 10, 2016: Infection and Immunity
Daniel Ian McSkimming, Shima Dastgheib, Timothy R Baffi, Dominic P Byrne, Samantha Ferries, Steven Thomas Scott, Alexandra C Newton, Claire E Eyers, Krzysztof J Kochut, Patrick A Eyers, Natarajan Kannan
Multiple sequence alignments (MSAs) are a fundamental analysis tool used throughout biology to investigate relationships between protein sequence, structure, function, evolutionary history, and patterns of disease-associated variants. However, their widespread application in systems biology research is currently hindered by the lack of user-friendly tools to simultaneously visualize, manipulate and query the information conceptualized in large sequence alignments, and the challenges in integrating MSAs with multiple orthogonal data such as cancer variants and post-translational modifications, which are often stored in heterogeneous data sources and formats...
October 12, 2016: Molecular BioSystems
Saghi Sepehri, Lotfollah Saghaie, Afshin Fassihi
The fusion of viral and host cell membranes is mediated using gp41 subunit of the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) envelope glycoprotein. As the HIV-1 enters the host cells, the two helical regions (HR1 and HR2) in the ectodomain of gp41 form a six-helix bundle, which carries the target and viral cell membranes to close proximity. Steps of this process serve as attractive targets for developing HIV-1 fusion inhibitors. Identification of some novel HIV fusion inhibitors with the goal of blocking the formation of the six-helix bundle was accomplished by computer-aided drug design techniques...
October 12, 2016: Molecular Informatics
Thomas Gueudré, Carlo Baldassi, Marco Zamparo, Martin Weigt, Andrea Pagnani
Understanding protein-protein interactions is central to our understanding of almost all complex biological processes. Computational tools exploiting rapidly growing genomic databases to characterize protein-protein interactions are urgently needed. Such methods should connect multiple scales from evolutionary conserved interactions between families of homologous proteins, over the identification of specifically interacting proteins in the case of multiple paralogs inside a species, down to the prediction of residues being in physical contact across interaction interfaces...
October 11, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Habiba Ennouri, Paul d'Abzac, Florence Hakil, Priscilla Branchu, Murielle Naïtali, Anne-Marie Lomenech, Rhida Oueslati, Jacques Desbrières, Pierre Sivadon, Régis Grimaud
The assimilation of the nearly water insoluble substrates hydrocarbons and lipids by bacteria entails specific adaptations such as the formation of oleolytic biofilms. The present article reports that the extracellular matrix of an oleolytic biofilm formed by Marinobacter hydrocarbonoclasticus at n-hexadecane-water interfaces is largely composed of proteins typically cytoplasmic such as translation factors and chaperones, and a lesser amount of proteins of unknown function that are predicted extra-cytoplasmic...
October 11, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
Aravind Chandrasekaran, Justin Chan, Carmay Lim, Lee-Wei Yang
Structure-encoded conformational dynamics are crucial for biomolecular functions. However, there is insufficient evidence to support the notion that dynamics plays a role in guiding protein-nucleic acid interactions. Here, we show that protein-DNA docking orientation is a function of protein intrinsic dynamics but the binding site itself does not display unique patterns in the examined spectrum of motions. This revelation is made possible by a novel technique that locates 'dynamics interfaces' in proteins across which protein parts are anti-correlated in their slowest dynamics...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Erik McShane, Celine Sin, Henrik Zauber, Jonathan N Wells, Neysan Donnelly, Xi Wang, Jingyi Hou, Wei Chen, Zuzana Storchova, Joseph A Marsh, Angelo Valleriani, Matthias Selbach
Do young and old protein molecules have the same probability to be degraded? We addressed this question using metabolic pulse-chase labeling and quantitative mass spectrometry to obtain degradation profiles for thousands of proteins. We find that >10% of proteins are degraded non-exponentially. Specifically, proteins are less stable in the first few hours of their life and stabilize with age. Degradation profiles are conserved and similar in two cell types. Many non-exponentially degraded (NED) proteins are subunits of complexes that are produced in super-stoichiometric amounts relative to their exponentially degraded (ED) counterparts...
October 20, 2016: Cell
Bernd Mayer, Andreas Heinzel, Arno Lukas, Paul Perco
BACKGROUND: Productivity in drug R&D continues seeing significant attrition in clinical stage testing. Approval of new molecular entities proceeds with slow pace specifically when it comes to chronic, age-related diseases, calling for new conceptual approaches, methodological implementation and organizational adoption in drug development. METHODS: Detailed phenotyping of disease presentation together with comprehensive representation of drug mechanism of action is considered as a path forward, and a big data spectrum has become available covering behavioral, clinical and molecular characteristics, the latter combining reductionist and explorative strategies...
October 6, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Thom Vreven, Brian G Pierce, Tyler M Borrman, Zhiping Weng
We report the performance of our protein-protein docking pipeline, including the ZDOCK rigid-body docking algorithm, on 19 targets in CAPRI rounds 28-34. Following the docking step, we reranked the ZDOCK predictions using the IRAD scoring function, pruned redundant predictions, performed energy landscape analysis, and utilized our interface prediction approach RCF. In addition, we applied constraints to the search space based on biological information that we culled from the literature, which increased the chance of making a correct prediction...
October 7, 2016: Proteins
Aminat T Oki, Bernice Huang, Andrea R Beyer, Levi J May, Hilary K Truchan, Naomi J Walker, Nathan L Galloway, Dori L Borjesson, Jason A Carlyon
Anaplasma phagocytophilum, a member of the family Anaplasmataceae and the obligate intracellular bacterium that causes granulocytic anaplasmosis, resides in a host cell-derived vacuole. Bacterial proteins that localize to the A. phagocytophilum-occupied vacuole membrane (AVM) are critical host-pathogen interfaces. Of the few bacterial AVM proteins that have been identified, the domains responsible for AVM localization and the host cell pathways that they co-opt are poorly defined. APH0032 is an effector that is expressed and localizes to the AVM late during the infection cycle...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Guray Kuzu, Ozlem Keskin, Ruth Nussinov, Attila Gursoy
The structures of protein assemblies are important for elucidating cellular processes at the molecular level. Three-dimensional electron microscopy (3DEM) is a powerful method to identify the structures of assemblies, especially those that are challenging to study by crystallography. Here, a new approach, PRISM-EM, is reported to computationally generate plausible structural models using a procedure that combines crystallographic structures and density maps obtained from 3DEM. The predictions are validated against seven available structurally different crystallographic complexes...
October 1, 2016: Acta Crystallographica. Section D, Structural Biology
Nurit Haspel, Filip Jagodzinski
In proteins, certain amino acids may play a critical role in determining their structure and function. Examples include flexible regions, which allow domain motions, and highly conserved residues on functional interfaces, which play a role in binding and interaction with other proteins. Detecting these regions facilitates the analysis and simulation of protein rigidity and conformational changes, and aids in characterizing protein-protein binding. We present a protocol that combines graph-theory rigidity analysis and machine-learning-based methods for predicting critical residues in proteins...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Brian A Dow, Esha Sehanobish, Victor L Davidson
When performing site-directed mutagenesis experiments to study protein structure-function relationships, ideally one would know the structure of the protein under study. It is also very useful to have structures of multiple related proteins in order to determine whether or not particular amino acid residues are conserved in the structures either in the active site of an enzyme at the surface of a protein or at a putative protein-protein interface. While many protein structures are available in the Protein Data Base (PDB), a structure of the protein of interest may not be available...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Jinchao Yu, Jessica Andreani, Françoise Ochsenbein, Raphaël Guerois
Computational protein-protein docking is of great importance for understanding protein interactions at the structural level. CAPRI (Critical Assessment of PRediction of Interactions) experiments provide the protein docking community with a unique opportunity to blindly test methods based on real-life cases and help accelerate methodology development. For CAPRI rounds 28-35, we used an automatic docking pipeline integrating the coarse-grained co-evolution-based potential InterEvScore. This score was developed to exploit the information contained in the multiple sequence alignments of binding partners and selectively recognize co-evolved interfaces...
October 4, 2016: Proteins
Caitlin A Kowalsky, Timothy A Whitehead
The comprehensive sequence determinants of cohesin to binding affinity towards type I dockerin from Clostridium thermocellum and Clostridium cellulolyticum was evaluated using deep mutational scanning coupled to yeast surface display. We measured the relative binding affinity to dockerin for 2,970 and 2,778 single point mutants of C.thermocellum and C. cellulolyticum, respectively, representing over 96% of all possible single point mutants. The interface ΔΔG for each variant was reconstructed from sequencing counts and compared with three independent experimental methods...
October 3, 2016: Proteins
Sebastian Raschka, Joseph Bemister-Buffington, Leslie A Kuhn
Understanding the physical attributes of protein-ligand interfaces, the source of most biological activity, is a fundamental problem in biophysics. Knowing the characteristic features of interfaces also enables the design of molecules with potent and selective interactions. Prediction of native protein-ligand interactions has traditionally focused on the development of physics-based potential energy functions, empirical scoring functions that are fit to binding data, and knowledge-based potentials that assess the likelihood of pairwise interactions...
October 3, 2016: Proteins
Jin Hong Kim, Dong Hyun Song, Suk-Jun Youn, Ji Won Kim, Geunyoung Cho, Sun Chang Kim, Hayyoung Lee, Mi Sun Jin, Jie-Oh Lee
Building a sophisticated protein nano-assembly requires a method for linking protein components in a predictable and stable structure. Diabodies are engineered antibody fragments that are composed of two Fv domains connected by short peptide linkers. They are attractive candidates for mediators in assembling protein nano-structures because they can simultaneously bind to two different proteins and are rigid enough to be crystallized. However, comparison of previous crystal structures demonstrates that there is substantial structural diversity in the Fv interface region of diabodies and, therefore, reliable prediction of its structure is not trivial...
September 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
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