Dominique Douguet

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SUMMARY HELIQUEST calculates the physicochemical properties and amino acid composition of an alpha-helix and screens databank to identify protein segments possessing similar features. This server is also dedicated to mutating helices manually or automatically by genetic algorithm to design analogues of defined features. AVAILABILITY(More)
Polypeptide toxins have played a central part in understanding physiological and physiopathological functions of ion channels. In the field of pain, they led to important advances in basic research and even to clinical applications. Acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs) are generally considered principal players in the pain pathway, including in humans. A snake(More)
Mechanosensitive K(+) channels TREK1 and TREK2 form a subclass of two P-domain K(+) channels. They are potently activated by polyunsaturated fatty acids and are involved in neuroprotection, anesthesia, and pain perception. Here, we show that acidification of the extracellular medium strongly inhibits TREK1 with an apparent pK near to 7.4 corresponding to(More)
Osh/Orp proteins transport sterols between organelles and are involved in phosphoinositide metabolism. The link between these two aspects remains elusive. Using novel assays, we address the influence of membrane composition on the ability of Osh4p/Kes1p to extract, deliver, or transport dehydroergosterol (DHE). Surprisingly, phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate(More)
Summary: HELIQUEST calculates the physicochemical properties and amino acid composition of an α-helix and screens databank to identify protein segments possessing similar features. This server is also dedicated to mutating helices manually or automatically by genetic algorithm to design analogues of defined features. Availability:(More)
TWIK1 belongs to the family of background K(+) channels with two pore domains. In native and transfected cells, TWIK1 is detected mainly in recycling endosomes. In principal cells in the kidney, TWIK1 gene inactivation leads to the loss of a nonselective cationic conductance, an unexpected effect that was attributed to adaptive regulation of other channels.(More)
Apicomplexan parasites such as Toxoplasma gondii and Plasmodium species actively invade host cells through a moving junction (MJ) complex assembled at the parasite-host cell interface. MJ assembly is initiated by injection of parasite rhoptry neck proteins (RONs) into the host cell, where RON2 spans the membrane and functions as a receptor for apical(More)
MOTIVATION Public resources for studying protein interfaces are necessary for better understanding of molecular recognition and developing intermolecular potentials, search procedures and scoring functions for the prediction of protein complexes. RESULTS The first release of the DOCKGROUND resource implements a comprehensive database of co-crystallized(More)
Rational drug design involves finding solutions to large combinatorial problems for which an exhaustive search is impractical. Genetic algorithms provide a novel tool for the investigation of such problems. These are a class of algorithms that mimic some of the major characteristics of Darwinian evolution. LEA has been designed in order to conceive novel(More)
Phospholipase Cbeta (PLCbeta) enzymes are activated by Galpha q and Gbetagamma subunits and catalyze the hydrolysis of the minor membrane lipid phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate [PI(4,5)P2]. Activation of PLCbeta2 by Gbetagamma subunits has been shown to be conferred through its N-terminal pleckstrin homology (PH) domain, although the underlying(More)