Alexei V. Finkelstein

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We present a method for predicting folding rates of proteins from their amino acid sequences only, or rather, from their chain lengths and their helicity predicted from their sequences. The method achieves 82% correlation with experiment over all 64 "two-state" and "multistate" proteins (including two artificial peptides) studied up to now.
Guided by the recent success of empirical model predicting the folding rates of small two-state folding proteins from the relative contact order (CO) of their native structures, by a theoretical model of protein folding that predicts that logarithm of the folding rate decreases with the protein chain length L as L(2/3), and by the finding that the folding(More)
We demonstrate that chain length is the main determinant of the folding rate for proteins with the three-state folding kinetics. The logarithm of their folding rate in water (k(f)) strongly anticorrelates with their chain length L (the correlation coefficient being -0.80). At the same time, the chain length has no correlation with the folding rate for(More)
When a protein folds or unfolds, it has to pass through many half-folded microstates. Only a few of them can be seen experimentally. In a two-state transition proceeding with no accumulation of metastable intermediates [Fersht, A. R. (1995) Curr. Opin. Struct. Biol. 5, 79-84], only the semifolded microstates corresponding to the transition state can be(More)
A small number of folding patterns describe in outline most of the known protein globules, the same folds being found in non-homologous proteins with different functions. We show that the 'popular' folding patterns are those which, due to some thermodynamic advantages of their structure, can be stabilized by a lot of random sequences. In contrast, the folds(More)
Archaea, bacteria and eukaryotes represent the main kingdoms of life. Is there any trend for amino acid compositions of proteins found in full genomes of species of different kingdoms? What is the percentage of totally unstructured proteins in various proteomes? We obtained amino acid frequencies for different taxa using 195 known proteomes and all(More)
We present two new sets of energy functions for protein structure recognition, given the primary sequence of amino acids along the polypeptide chain. The first set of potentials is based on the positions of alpha- and the second on positions of beta- and alpha-carbon atoms of amino acid residues. The potentials are derived using a theory of Boltzmann-like(More)
Protein structure prediction is limited by the inaccuracy of the simplified energy functions necessary for efficient sorting over many conformations. It was recently suggested (Finkelstein, Phys Rev Lett 1998;80:4823-4825) that these errors can be reduced by energy averaging over a set of homologous sequences. This conclusion is confirmed in this study by(More)