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We present a formalism to compute the probability of an amino acid sequence conformation being native-like, given a set of pairwise atom-atom distances. The formalism is used to derive three discriminatory functions with different types of representations for the atom-atom contacts observed in a database of protein structures. These functions include two(More)
Genetic algorithms methods utilize the same optimization procedures as natural genetic evolution, in which a population is gradually improved by selection. We have developed a genetic algorithm search procedure suitable for use in protein folding simulations. A population of conformations of the polypeptide chain is maintained, and conformations are changed(More)
BACKGROUND The relationship between disease susceptibility and genetic variation is complex, and many different types of data are relevant. We describe a web resource and database that provides and integrates as much information as possible on disease/gene relationships at the molecular level. DESCRIPTION The resource http://www.SNPs3D.org has three(More)
This article is an introduction to the special issue of the journal Proteins, dedicated to the eighth CASP experiment to assess the state of the art in protein structure prediction. The article describes the conduct of the experiment, the categories of prediction included, and outlines the evaluation and assessment procedures. Highlights are the first blind(More)
The article presents the assessment of disorder region predictions submitted to CASP10. The evaluation is based on the three measures tested in previous CASPs: (i) balanced accuracy, (ii) the Matthews correlation coefficient for the binary predictions, and (iii) the area under the curve in the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis of predictions(More)
Recent breakthroughs in the determination of the crystal structures of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) have provided new opportunities for structure-based drug design strategies targeting this protein family. With the aim of evaluating the current status of GPCR structure prediction and ligand docking, a community-wide, blind prediction assessment -(More)
The interconnected nature of interactions in protein structures appears to be the major hurdle in preventing the construction of accurate comparative models. We present an algorithm that uses graph theory to handle this problem. Each possible conformation of a residue in an amino acid sequence is represented using the notion of a node in a graph. Each node(More)
A discriminatory function based on a statistical analysis of atomic contacts in protein structures is used for selecting side chain rotamers given a peptide main chain. The function allows us to rank different possible side chain conformations on the basis of contacts between side chain atoms and atoms in the environment. We compare the differences in(More)