Rafael Najmanovich

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Contact surface area and chemical properties of atoms are used to concurrently predict conformations of multiple amino acid side chains on a fixed protein backbone. The combination of surface complementarity and solvent-accessible surface accounts for van der Waals forces and solvation free energy. The scoring function is particularly suitable for modeling(More)
The human cytosolic sulfotransfases (hSULTs) comprise a family of 12 phase II enzymes involved in the metabolism of drugs and hormones, the bioactivation of carcinogens, and the detoxification of xenobiotics. Knowledge of the structural and mechanistic basis of substrate specificity and activity is crucial for understanding steroid and hormone metabolism,(More)
The accurate identification of ligand binding sites in protein structures can be valuable in determining protein function. Once the binding site is known, it becomes easier to perform in silico and experimental procedures that may allow the ligand type and the protein function to be determined. For example, binding pocket shape analysis relies heavily on(More)
MOTIVATION An increasing number of protein structures are being determined for which no biochemical characterization is available. The analysis of protein structure and function assignment is becoming an unexpected challenge and a major bottleneck towards the goal of well-annotated genomes. As shape plays a crucial role in biomolecular recognition and(More)
MOTIVATION Current computational methods for the prediction of function from structure are restricted to the detection of similarities and subsequent transfer of functional annotation. In a significant minority of cases, global sequence or structural (fold) similarities do not provide clues about protein function. In these cases, one alternative is to(More)
MOTIVATION In the present work we combine computational analysis and experimental data to explore the extent to which binding site similarities between members of the human cytosolic sulfotransferase family correlate with small-molecule binding profiles. Conversely, from a small-molecule point of view, we explore the extent to which structural similarities(More)
A web-based tool, termed 'MutaProt', is described which analyses pairs of PDB files whose members differ in one, or two, amino acids. MutaProt examines the micro environment surrounding the exchanged residue(s) and can be searched by specifying a PDB ID, keywords, or any pair of amino acids. Detailed information about accessibility of the exchanged(More)
MOTIVATION Protein movements form a continuum from large domain rearrangements (including folding and restructuring) to side-chain rotamer changes and small rearrangements. Understanding side-chain flexibility upon binding is important to understand molecular recognition events and predict ligand binding. METHODS In the present work, we developed a(More)
Human protein kinases play fundamental roles mediating the majority of signal transduction pathways in eukaryotic cells as well as a multitude of other processes involved in metabolism, cell-cycle regulation, cellular shape, motility, differentiation and apoptosis. The human protein kinome contains 518 members. Most studies that focus on the human kinome(More)