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Qing Wei, David La, Daisuke Kihara
Prediction of protein-protein interaction sites in a protein structure provides important information for elucidating the mechanism of protein function and can also be useful in guiding a modeling or design procedures of protein complex structures. Since prediction methods essentially assess the propensity of amino acids that are likely to be part of a protein docking interface, they can help in designing protein-protein interactions. Here, we introduce BindML and BindML+ protein-protein interaction sites prediction methods...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
M Michael Gromiha, K Yugandhar, Sherlyn Jemimah
Protein-protein interactions mediate several cellular functions, which can be understood from the information obtained using the three-dimensional structures of protein-protein complexes and binding affinity data. This review focuses on computational aspects of predicting the best native-like complex structure and binding affinities. The first part covers the prediction of protein-protein complex structures and the advantages of conformational searching and scoring functions in protein-protein docking. The second part is devoted to various aspects of protein-protein interaction thermodynamics, such as databases for binding affinities and other thermodynamic parameters, computational methods to predict the binding affinity using either the three-dimensional structures of complexes or amino acid sequences, and change in binding affinities of the complexes upon mutations...
November 17, 2016: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
Sabrina Ellenberger, Anke Burmester, Stefan Schuster, Johannes Wöstemeyer
Sexual communication between complementary mating partners in the fungal group of zygomycetes is mediated by the trisporoid pheromone system. A key enzyme towards biosynthesis of hormonally active trisporoids is 4-dihydromethyltrisporate dehydrogenase (TSP1), an enzyme occurring in all zygomycetous fungi. Trisporic acid and some of its precursor molecules serve as pheromones for recognizing complementary mating partners and for induction of the differentiation program towards sexual spore formation. In the parasitic zygomycete Parasitella parasitica, a biotrophic fusion parasite infecting many other zygomycetes, these substances have an additional function: They are also responsible for host-parasite recognition and the formation of the characteristic infection structures...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Theoretical Biology
Haoran Chen, Yuanfei Sun, Yang Shen
Predicting protein conformational changes from unbound structures or even homology models to bound structures remains a critical challenge for protein docking. Here we present a study directly addressing the challenge by reducing the dimensionality and narrowing the range of the corresponding conformational space. The study builds on cNMA - our new framework of partner- and contact-specific normal mode analysis that exploits encounter complexes and considers both intrinsic and induced flexibility. First, we established over a CAPRI (Critical Assessment of PRedicted Interactions) target set that the direction of conformational changes from unbound structures and homology models can be reproduced to a great extent by a small set of cNMA modes...
November 15, 2016: Proteins
Mihaly Mezei
The recently developed statistical measure for the type of residue-residue contact at protein complex interfaces, based on a parameter-free definition of contact, has been used to define a contact score that is correlated with the likelihood of correctness of a proposed complex structure. Comparing the proposed contact scores on the native structure and on a set of model structures the proposed measure was shown to generally favor the native structure but in itself was not able to reliably score the native structure to be the best...
November 12, 2016: Proteins
Edrisse Chermak, Renato De Donato, Marc F Lensink, Andrea Petta, Luigi Serra, Vittorio Scarano, Luigi Cavallo, Romina Oliva
Correctly scoring protein-protein docking models to single out native-like ones is an open challenge. It is also an object of assessment in CAPRI (Critical Assessment of PRedicted Interactions), the community-wide blind docking experiment. We introduced in the field the first pure consensus method, CONSRANK, which ranks models based on their ability to match the most conserved contacts in the ensemble they belong to. In CAPRI, scorers are asked to evaluate a set of available models and select the top ten ones, based on their own scoring approach...
2016: PloS One
Zhichao Miao, Yang Cao
Protein side-chain conformation is closely related to their biological functions. The side-chain prediction is a key step in protein design, protein docking and structure optimization. However, side-chain polymorphism comprehensively exists in protein as various types and has been long overlooked by side-chain prediction. But such conformational variations have not been quantitatively studied and the correlations between these variations and residue features are vague. Here, we performed statistical analyses on large scale data sets and found that the side-chain conformational flexibility is closely related to the exposure to solvent, degree of freedom and hydrophilicity...
November 15, 2016: Scientific Reports
Deborah A Sarkes, Margaret M Hurley, Dimitra N Stratis-Cullum
Peptide capture agents have become increasingly useful tools for a variety of sensing applications due to their ease of discovery, stability, and robustness. Despite the ability to rapidly discover candidates through biopanning bacterial display libraries and easily mature them to Protein Catalyzed Capture (PCC) agents with even higher affinity and selectivity, an ongoing challenge and critical selection criteria is that the peptide candidates and final reagent be selective enough to replace antibodies, the gold-standard across immunoassay platforms...
November 9, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Maarten Vercruysse, Caroline Köhrer, Yang Shen, Sandra Proulx, Anubrata Ghosal, Bryan W Davies, Uttam L RajBhandary, Graham C Walker
: YbeY is part of a core set of RNases in Escherichia coli and other bacteria. This highly conserved endoribonuclease has been implicated in several important processes such as 16S rRNA 3' end maturation, 70S ribosome quality control, and regulation of mRNAs and small noncoding RNAs, thereby affecting cellular viability, stress tolerance, and pathogenic and symbiotic behavior of bacteria. Thus, YbeY likely interacts with numerous protein or RNA partners that are involved in various aspects of cellular physiology...
November 8, 2016: MBio
Laura Pérez-Cano, Miguel Romero-Durana, Juan Fernández-Recio
Deciphering the structural and energetic determinants of protein-RNA interactions harbors the potential to understand key cell processes at molecular level, such as gene expression and regulation. With this purpose, computational methods like docking aim to complement current biophysical and structural biology efforts. However, the few reported docking algorithms for protein-RNA interactions show limited predictive success rates, mainly due to incomplete sampling of the conformational space of both the protein and the RNA molecules, as well as to the difficulties of the scoring function in identifying the correct docking models...
November 2, 2016: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
Xianjin Xu, Liming Qiu, Chengfei Yan, Zhiwei Ma, Sam Z Grinter, Xiaoqin Zou
Protein-protein interactions are either through direct contacts between two binding partners or mediated by structural waters. Both direct contacts and water-mediated interactions are crucial to the formation of a protein-protein complex. During the recent CAPRI rounds, a novel parallel searching strategy for predicting water-mediated interactions is introduced into our protein-protein docking method, MDockPP. Briefly, a FFT-based docking algorithm is employed in generating putative binding modes, and an iteratively derived statistical potential-based scoring function, ITScorePP, in conjunction with biological information is used to assess and rank the binding modes...
November 1, 2016: Proteins
Ronghui Pan, John Satkovich, Jianping Hu
Peroxisomes are ubiquitous eukaryotic organelles that play pivotal roles in a suite of metabolic processes and often act coordinately with other organelles, such as chloroplasts and mitochondria. Peroxisomes import proteins to the peroxisome matrix by peroxins (PEX proteins), but how the function of the PEX proteins is regulated is poorly understood. In this study, we identified the Arabidopsis RING (really interesting new gene) type E3 ubiquitin ligase SP1 [suppressor of plastid protein import locus 1 (ppi1) 1] as a peroxisome membrane protein with a regulatory role in peroxisome protein import...
October 31, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Carlos García-Pérez, Rafael Peláez, Roberto Therón, José Luis López-Pérez
MOTIVATION: AutoDock is a very popular software package for docking and virtual screening. However, currently it is hard work to visualize more than one result from the virtual screening at a time. To overcome this limitation we have designed JADOPPT, a tool for automatically preparing and processing multiple ligand-protein docked poses obtained from AutoDock. It allows the simultaneous visual assessment and comparison of multiple poses through clustering methods. Moreover, it permits the representation of reference ligands with known binding modes, binding site residues, highly scoring regions for the ligand, and the calculated binding energy of the best ranked results...
October 26, 2016: Bioinformatics
Lenna Peterson, Michal Jamroz, Andrzej Kolinski, Daisuke Kihara
The conventional view of a protein structure as static provides only a limited picture. There is increasing evidence that protein dynamics are often vital to protein function including interaction with partners such as other proteins, nucleic acids, and small molecules. Considering flexibility is also important in applications such as computational protein docking and protein design. While residue flexibility is partially indicated by experimental measures such as the B-factor from X-ray crystallography and ensemble fluctuation from nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy as well as computational molecular dynamics (MD) simulation, these techniques are resource-intensive...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Arturo Papaluca, Dindial Ramotar
Organic cation transporter (OCT) function is critical for cellular homeostasis. C. elegans lacking OCT-1 displays a shortened lifespan and increased susceptibility to oxidative stress. We show that these phenotypes can be rescued by downregulating the OCT-1 paralogue, OCT-2. Herein, we delineate a biochemical pathway in C. elegans where uptake of genotoxic chemotherapeutics such as doxorubicin and cisplatin, and subsequent DNA damage-induced apoptosis of germ cells, are dependent exclusively upon OCT-2. We characterized OCT-2 as the main uptake transporter for doxorubicin, as well as a number of other therapeutic agents and chemical compounds, some identified through ligand-protein docking analyses...
October 27, 2016: Scientific Reports
Christina Em Schindler, Isaure Chauvot de Beauchêne, Sjoerd de Vries, Martin Zacharias
The ATTRACT coarse-grained docking approach in combination with various types of atomistic, flexible refinement methods has been applied to predict protein-protein and peptide-protein complexes in CAPRI rounds 28-36. For a large fraction of CAPRI targets (12 out of 18), at least one model of acceptable or better quality was generated, corresponding to a success rate of 67%. In particular, for several peptide-protein complexes excellent predictions were achieved. In several cases, a combination of template-based modeling and extensive molecular dynamics-based refinement yielded medium and even high quality solutions...
October 27, 2016: Proteins
Uma Vuruputuri, Aboubakr Haredi Abdelmonsef, Ramasree Dulapalli, Thirupathi Dasari, Lavanya Souda Padmarao, Thirupathi Mukkera
Cancer is responsible for one in eight deaths worldwide. The Rab family members are involved in important processes including membrane trafficking, cell growth and differentiation. It has been shown that Rab38 is located in melanosomes, and overexpressed at the RNA level in melanoma cancers. Rab38 represents a novel class of cellular modulators that can affect both initiation or progression of tumor cells in Homo sapiens. In the present work, the 3D structure of Rab38 (211 residues) was generated using homology modelling method; the structure shows the presence of 6 α- helices and 6 β- strands...
October 26, 2016: Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening
Christine Yueh, David R Hall, Bing Xia, Dzmitry Padhorny, Dima Kozakov, Sandor Vajda
ClusPro-DC ( implements a straightforward approach to the discrimination between crystallographic and biological dimers by docking the two subunits to exhaustively sample the interaction energy landscape. If a substantial number of low energy docked poses cluster in a narrow vicinity of the native structure of the dimer, then one can assume that there is a well-defined free energy well around the native state, which makes the interaction stable. In contrast, if the interaction sites in the docked poses do not form a large enough cluster around the native structure, then it is unlikely that the subunits form a stable biological dimer...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
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
Shaher Bano Mirza, Ramin Ekhteiari Salmas, M Qaiser Fatmi, Serdar Durdagi
The Klotho is known as lifespan enhancing protein involved in antagonizing the effect of Wnt proteins. Wnt proteins are stem cell regulators, and uninterrupted exposure of Wnt proteins to the cell can cause stem and progenitor cell senescence, which may lead to aging. Keeping in mind the importance of Klotho in Wnt signaling, in silico approaches have been applied to study the important interactions between Klotho and Wnt3 and Wnt3a (wingless-type mouse mammary tumor virus (MMTV) integration site family members 3 and 3a)...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
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