Kannan Sankar

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UNLABELLED Multiple sequence alignments become biologically meaningful only if conserved and functionally important residues and secondary structural elements preserved can be identified at equivalent positions. This is particularly important for transmembrane proteins like G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) with seven transmembrane helices. TM-MOTIF is a(More)
Interactions at the molecular level in the cellular environment play a very crucial role in maintaining the physiological functioning of the cell. These molecular interactions exist at varied levels viz. protein-protein interactions, protein-nucleic acid interactions or protein-small molecules interactions. Presently in the field, these interactions and(More)
Olfaction is the response to odors and is mediated by a class of membrane-bound proteins called olfactory receptors (ORs). An understanding of these receptors serves as a good model for basic signal transduction mechanisms and also provides important clues for the strategies adopted by organisms for their ultimate survival using chemosensory perception in(More)
Opsins are the only class of proteins used for light perception in image-forming eyes. Gene duplication and subsequent functional divergence of opsins have played an important role in expanding photoreceptive capabilities of organisms by altering what wavelengths of light are absorbed by photoreceptors (spectral tuning). However, new opsin copies may also(More)
Predicting conformational changes of proteins is needed in order to fully comprehend functional mechanisms. With the large number of available structures in sets of related proteins, it is now possible to directly visualize the clusters of conformations and their conformational transitions through the use of principal component analysis. The most striking(More)
RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) have myriad functions in transcription, translation, and post-transcriptional gene regulation, with central roles in normal development as well as in both genetic and infectious diseases. When a protein binds RNA, a conformational change often occurs. For RNA-protein complexes that have been characterized, conformational changes(More)
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