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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 packing geometry of amino acids in folded proteins is analyzed via a modified Voronoï tessellation method which distinguishes bulk and surface. From a statistical analysis of the Voronoï cells over 40 representative proteins, it appears that the packings are in average similar to random packings of hard spheres encountered in condensed matter physics,(More)
A bank of loops from three to eight amino acid residues long has been constituted. On the basis of statistical analysis of occurrences of conformations and residue, loops could be divided into two parts: the side residues directly bonded to the secondary structure flanking element, and the inner part. The conformations of the side residues are correlated to(More)
SUMMARY In this study, we describe a novel domain, OCRE, which is shared by the recently identified angiogenic factor VG5Q and a specific family of RNA-binding motif proteins. The OCRE domain is characterized by a 5-fold, imperfectly repeated octameric sequence, which includes a triplet of often-conserved aromatic amino acids predicted to form a beta-strand(More)
A bank of 13,563 loops from three to eight amino acid residues long, representing motifs between two consecutive regular secondary structures, has been derived from protein structures presenting less than 95 % sequence identity. Statistical analyses of occurrences of conformations and residues revealed length-dependent over-representations of particular(More)
Zona Pellucida (ZP) domains have been found in a wide variety of extracellular proteins, in which they play essential role for polymerization. They are shared by the ZP proteins, which constitute the extracellular coat of animal eggs. Except from ZP3, constituting the primary sperm receptor, the ZP proteins possess, in addition to their C-terminal ZP(More)
UNLABELLED Voro3D is an original easy-to-use tool, which provides a brand new point of view on protein structures through the three-dimensional (3D) Voronoi tessellations. To construct the Voronoi cells associated with each amino acid by a number of different tessellation methods, Voro3D uses a protein structure file in the PDB format as an input. After(More)
Hydrophobic cluster analysis (HCA) is a protein sequence comparison method based on alpha-helical representations of the sequences where the size, shape and orientation of the clusters of hydrophobic residues are primarily compared. The effectiveness of HCA has been suggested to originate from its potential ability to focus on the residues forming the(More)
CHS1/LYST, the causative protein of the Chediak-Higashi syndrome (CHS), belongs to the BEACH (named after BEige And Chediak-Higashi) family, which includes various large proteins sharing the same C-terminal domain architecture [a PH (Pleckstrin homology)-BEACH domain followed by WD repeats). Members of the BEACH family are generally defined as(More)
We describe here LOTUS, a hitherto uncharacterized small globular domain, which was identified using sensitive sequence profile analysis. The LOTUS domain is found in germline-specific proteins that are present in the nuage/polar granules of germ cells. TDRD5 and TDRD7, two mammalian members of the germline Tudor group, possess three copies of the LOTUS(More)