Richard M. Jackson

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MOTIVATION Identifying the location of ligand binding sites on a protein is of fundamental importance for a range of applications including molecular docking, de novo drug design and structural identification and comparison of functional sites. Here, we describe a new method of ligand binding site prediction called Q-SiteFinder. It uses the interaction(More)
Aicardi-Goutières syndrome is a mendelian mimic of congenital infection and also shows overlap with systemic lupus erythematosus at both a clinical and biochemical level. The recent identification of mutations in TREX1 and genes encoding the RNASEH2 complex and studies of the function of TREX1 in DNA metabolism have defined a previously unknown mechanism(More)
Familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR) is an inherited blinding disorder of the retinal vascular system. Autosomal dominant FEVR is genetically heterogeneous, but its principal locus, EVR1, is on chromosome 11q13-q23. The gene encoding the Wnt receptor frizzled-4 (FZD4) was recently reported to be the EVR1 gene, but our mutation screen revealed fewer(More)
The rapid growth in protein structural data and the emergence of structural genomics projects have increased the need for automatic structure analysis and tools for function prediction. Small molecule recognition is critical to the function of many proteins; therefore, determination of ligand binding site similarity is important for understanding ligand(More)
There are many components which govern the function of a protein within a cell. Here, we focus on the molecular recognition of small molecules and the prediction of common recognition by similarity between protein-ligand binding sites. SitesBase is an easily accessible database which is simple to use and holds information about structural similarities(More)
MOTIVATION Protein assemblies are currently poorly represented in structural databases and their structural elucidation is a key goal in biology. Here we analyse clefts in protein surfaces, likely to correspond to binding 'hot-spots', and rank them according to sequence conservation and simple measures of physical properties including hydrophobicity,(More)
Protein-protein interfaces are highly attractive targets for drug discovery because they are involved in a large number of disease pathways where therapeutic intervention would bring widespread benefit. Recent successes have challenged the widely held belief that these targets are 'undruggable'. The pocket finding algorithms described here show marked(More)
The genome-wide mapping of gene-regulatory motifs remains a major goal that will facilitate the modelling of gene-regulatory networks and their evolution. The repressor element 1 is a long, conserved transcription factor-binding site which recruits the transcriptional repressor REST to numerous neuron-specific target genes. REST plays important roles in(More)
Mammalian angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) plays a key role in blood pressure regulation. Although multiple ACE-like proteins exist in non-mammalian organisms, to date only one other ACE homologue, ACE2, has been identified in mammals. Here we report the identification and characterisation of the gene encoding a third homologue of ACE, termed ACE3, in(More)
Structure Based Drug Design (SBDD) is a computational approach to lead discovery that uses the three-dimensional structure of a protein to fit drug-like molecules into a ligand binding site to modulate function. Identifying the location of the binding site is therefore a vital first step in this process, restricting the search space for SBDD or virtual(More)