BACKGROUND Herbivores rely on digestive tract lignocellulolytic microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi and protozoa, to derive energy and carbon from plant cell wall polysaccharides. Culture independent metagenomic studies have been used to reveal the genetic content of the bacterial species within gut microbiomes. However, the nature of the genes… (More)
BACKGROUND Female animals are often able to store sperm inside their body--in some species even for several decades. The molecular basis of how females keep non-own cells alive is largely unknown, but since sperm cells are reported to be transcriptionally silenced and, therefore, limited in their ability to maintain their own function, it is likely that… (More)
Structural aspects of protein-protein interactions provided by large-scale, genome-wide studies are essential for the description of life processes at the molecular level. A methodology is developed that applies the protein docking approach (GRAMM), based on the knowledge of experimentally determined protein-protein structures (DOCKGROUND resource) and… (More)
Background: Structural genomics (SG) projects aim to determine thousands of protein structures by the development of high-throughput techniques for all steps of the experimental structure determination pipeline. Crucial to the success of such endeavours is the careful tracking and archiving of experimental and external data on protein targets.