Pinak Chakrabarti

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BACKGROUND Molecular recognition is all pervasive in biology. Protein molecules are involved in enzyme regulation, immune response, signal transduction, oligomer assembly, etc. Delineation of physical and chemical features of the interface formed by protein-protein association would allow us to better understand protein interaction networks on one hand, and(More)
A comparative analysis of cavities enclosed in a tertiary structure of proteins and interfaces formed by the interaction of two protein subunits in obligate and non-obligate categories (represented by homodimeric molecules and heterocomplexes, respectively) is presented. The total volume of cavities increases with the size of the protein (or the interface),(More)
Crystal structures deposited in the Protein Data Bank illustrate the diversity of biological macromolecular recognition: transient interactions in protein-protein and protein-DNA complexes and permanent assemblies in homodimeric proteins. The geometric and physical chemical properties of the macromolecular interfaces that may govern the stability and(More)
BACKGROUND Biological evolution conserves protein residues that are important for structure and function. Both protein stability and function often require a certain degree of structural co-operativity between spatially neighboring residues and it has previously been shown that conserved residues occur clustered together in protein tertiary structures,(More)
MOTIVATION The increasing amount of data on protein-protein interaction needs to be rationalized for deriving guidelines for the alteration or design of an interface between two proteins. RESULTS We present a detaild structural analysis and comparison of homo- versus heterodimeric protein-protein interfaces. Regular secondary structures (helices and(More)
An analysis of the occurrence of nonglycyl residues in conformations disallowed in the Ramachandran plot is presented. Ser, Asn, Thr, and Cys have the highest propensities to exhibit such conformations, and the branched aliphatic residues the lowest. Residues cluster in five regions and there are some trends in the types of residues and their side-chain(More)
We report a simple algorithm to scan interfaces in protein-protein complexes for identifying binding 'hot spots'. The change in side-chain solvent accessible area (DeltaASA) of interface residues has been related to change in binding energy due to mutating interface residues to Ala (DeltaDeltaG (X --> ALA)) based on two criteria-hydrogen bonding across the(More)
Virstatin is a small molecule that inhibits Vibrio cholerae virulence regulation, the causative agent for cholera. Here we report the interaction of virstatin with human serum albumin (HSA) using various biophysical methods. The drug binding was monitored using different isomeric forms of HSA (N form ∼pH 7.2, B form ∼pH 9.0 and F form ∼pH 3.5) by absorption(More)
An important component of functional genomics involves the understanding of protein association. The interfaces resulting from protein-protein interactions - (i) specific, as represented by the homodimeric quaternary structures and the complexes formed by two independently occurring protein components, and (ii) non-specific, as observed in the crystal(More)
An analysis of cavities present in protein-DNA and protein-RNA complexes is presented. In terms of the number of cavities and their total volume, the interfaces formed in these complexes are akin to those in transient protein-protein heterocomplexes. With homodimeric proteins protein-DNA interfaces may contain cavities involving both the protein subunits(More)