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DNA-binding proteins (DNA-BPs) play a pivotal role in various intra- and extra-cellular activities ranging from DNA replication to gene expression control. Attempts have been made to identify DNA-BPs based on their sequence and structural information with moderate accuracy. Here we develop a machine learning protocol for the prediction of DNA-BPs where the(More)
Annotation of the functional sites on the surface of a protein has been the subject of many studies. In this regard, the search for attributes and features characterizing these sites is of prime consequence. Here, we present an implementation of a kernel-based machine learning protocol for identifying residues on a DNA-binding protein form the interface(More)
We examine the effects of cholesterol (Chol) on the mechanical properties of membranes consisting of 16:0/18:1 POPC lipid and of lipids with conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), cis-9/trans-11 CLA (C9T11) and trans-10/cis-12 CLA (T10C12). Atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of POPC-Chol and CLA-Chol mixtures at various Chol concentrations are employed(More)
MOTIVATION Protein-lipid interactions play a central role in cellular signaling and membrane trafficking and at the core of these interactions are domains specialized in lipid binding and membrane targeting. Considering the importance of these domains, we have created MeTaDoR, a comprehensive resource dedicated to membrane targeting domains (MTDs). RESULT(More)
Conjugated linoleic acids (CLA) are found naturally in dairy products. Two isomers of CLA, that differ only in the location of cis and trans double bonds, are found to have distinct and different biological effects. The cis 9 trans 11 (C9T11) isomer is believed to have anti-carcinogenic effects, while the trans 10 cis 12 (T10C12) isomer is believed to be(More)
Gene regulation requires specific protein-DNA interactions. Detecting the short and variable DNA sequences in gene promoter regions to which transcription factors (TF) bind is a difficult challenge in bioinformatics. Here we have developed two-body and three-body interaction potentials that are able to assess protein-DNA interaction and achieve a higher(More)
The human severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and the NL63 coronaviruses are human respiratory pathogens for which no effective antiviral treatment exists. The papain-like cysteine proteases encoded by the coronavirus (SARS-CoV: PLpro; NL63: PLP1 and PLP2) represent potential targets for antiviral drug development. Three recent(More)
The organizational properties of complex lipid mixtures can give rise to functionally important structures in cell membranes. In model membranes, ternary lipid-cholesterol (CHOL) mixtures are often used as representative systems to investigate the formation and stabilization of localized structural domains ("rafts"). In this work, we describe a(More)
Three new germacrane sesquiterpenes (1), (2), (3), along with eleven known sesquiterpenes, namely, tirotundin-3-O-methyl ether (4), deacetylvguiestin (5), 1β-hydroxydiversifolin-3-O-methyl ether (6), tagitinin C (7), 1β-hydroxytirotundin-3-O-methyl ether (8), 1β-hydroxytirotundin-1,3-O-dimethyl ether (9), tagitinin F-3-O-methyl ether (10), tagitinin F (11),(More)
Protein-DNA interactions are involved in many essential biological processes such as transcription, splicing, replication and DNA repair. It is of great value to identify DNA-binding proteins as well as their binding sites in order to study the mechanisms of these biological processes. A number of experimental methods have been developed for the(More)