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Ten years after the idea of hydrophobic cluster analysis (HCA) was conceived and first published, theoretical and practical experience has shown this unconventional method of protein sequence analysis to be particularly efficient and sensitive, especially with families of sequences sharing low levels of sequence identity. This extreme sensitivity has made(More)
MOTIVATION Partially and wholly unstructured proteins have now been identified in all kingdoms of life--more commonly in eukaryotic organisms. This intrinsic disorder is related to certain critical functions. Apart from their fundamental interest, unstructured regions in proteins may prevent crystallization. Therefore, the prediction of disordered regions(More)
Fifty-two 3D structures of Ig-like domains covering the immunoglobulin fold family (IgFF) were compared and classified according to the conservation of their secondary structures. Members of the IgFF are distantly related proteins or evolutionarily unrelated proteins with a similar fold, the Ig fold. In this paper, a multiple structural alignment of the(More)
The three-dimensional structure of a protein can be modeled by a set of polyhedra drawn around its atoms or residues. The tessellation invented by Voronoi in 1908, and other tessellations of space derived from it, provide versatile representations of three-dimensional structures. In recent years, they have been used to investigate a series of issues(More)
MOTIVATION Knowledge of the oligomeric state of a protein is often essential for understanding its function and mechanism. Within a protein crystal, each protein monomer is in contact with many others, forming many small interfaces and a few larger ones that are biologically significant if the protein is a homodimer in solution, but not if the protein is(More)
Uteroglobin (UTG) forms a fascinating homodimeric structure that binds small- to medium-sized ligands through an internal hydrophobic cavity, located at the interface between the two monomers. Previous studies have shown that UTG fold is not limited to the UTG/CC10 family, whose sequence/structure relationships are highlighted here, but can be extended to(More)
Most proteins fulfill their functions through the interaction with other proteins. Because most of these interactions are transitory, they are difficult to detect experimentally, and obtaining the structure of the complex is generally not possible. Consequently, prediction of the existence of these interactions and of the structure of the resulting complex(More)
The CAPRI (Critical Assessment of Predicted Interactions) and CASP (Critical Assessment of protein Structure Prediction) experiments have demonstrated the power of community-wide tests of methodology in assessing the current state of the art and spurring progress in the very challenging areas of protein docking and structure prediction. We sought to bring(More)
The 3D structural comparison of families of divergent homologous domains revealed two main populations of hydrophobic amino acids, one with a low and the other with a significantly higher mean solvent accessibility, allowing two regions of the core of protein globular domains to be distinguished. The side chains of hydrophobic amino acids in topologically(More)
Structural genomics aims at the establishment of a universal protein-fold dictionary through systematic structure determination either by NMR or X-ray crystallography. In order to catch up with the explosive amount of protein sequence data, the structural biology laboratories are spurred to increase the speed of the structure-determination process. To(More)