Juan Fernández-Recio

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The accurate scoring of rigid-body docking orientations represents one of the major difficulties in protein-protein docking prediction. Other challenges are the development of faster and more efficient sampling methods and the introduction of receptor and ligand flexibility during simulations. Overall, good discrimination of near-native docking poses from(More)
MOTIVATION Empirical models for the prediction of how changes in sequence alter protein-protein binding kinetics and thermodynamics can garner insights into many aspects of molecular biology. However, such models require empirical training data and proper validation before they can be widely applied. Previous databases contained few stabilizing mutations(More)
Understanding energetics and mechanism of protein-protein association remains one of the biggest theoretical problems in structural biology. It is assumed that desolvation must play an essential role during the association process, and indeed protein-protein interfaces in obligate complexes have been found to be highly hydrophobic. However, the(More)
The ICM-DISCO (Docking and Interface Side-Chain Optimization) protein-protein-docking method is a direct stochastic global energy optimization from multiple starting positions of the ligand. The first step is performed by docking of a rigid all-atom ligand molecule to a set of soft receptor potentials precalculated on a 0.5 A grid from realistic(More)
Botrytis cinerea is a phytopathogenic fungus that causes gray mold in >1,000 plant species. During infection, it secretes several endopolygalacturonases (PGs) to degrade cell wall pectin, and among them, BcPG1 is constitutively expressed and is an important virulence factor. To counteract the action of PGs, plants express polygalacturonase-inhibiting(More)
Protein-protein interactions are central to almost all biological functions, and the atomic details of such interactions can yield insights into the mechanisms that underlie these functions. We present a web server that wraps and extends the SwarmDock flexible protein-protein docking algorithm. After uploading PDB files of the binding partners, the server(More)
Polygalacturonase-inhibiting proteins (PGIPs) are extracellular leucine-rich repeat (LRR) proteins that recognize and inhibit fungal polygalacturonases (PGs). The PG-PGIP interaction favours the accumulation of elicitor-active oligogalacturonides and causes the activation of defence responses. Small gene families encode PGIP isoforms that differ in affinity(More)
The association of two biological macromolecules is a fundamental biological phenomenon and an unsolved theoretical problem. Docking methods for ab initio prediction of association of two independently determined protein structures usually fail when they are applied to a large set of complexes, mostly because of inaccuracies in the scoring function and/or(More)
Protein recognition is one of the most challenging and intriguing problems in structural biology. Despite all the available structural, sequence and biophysical information about protein-protein complexes, the physico-chemical patterns, if any, that make a protein surface likely to be involved in protein-protein interactions, remain elusive. Here, we apply(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)