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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)
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)
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)
MOTIVATION Given that association and dissociation of protein molecules is crucial in most biological processes several in silico methods have been recently developed to predict protein-protein interactions. Structural evidence has shown that usually interacting pairs of close homologs (interologs) physically interact in the same way. Moreover, conservation(More)
Computational methods for the detection and characterisation of protein ligand-binding sites have increasingly become an area of interest now that large amounts of protein structural information are becoming available prior to any knowledge of protein function. There have been particularly interesting recent developments in the following areas: first,(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)
A method is described for the rapid comparison of protein binding sites using geometric matching to detect similar three-dimensional structure. The geometric matching detects common atomic features through identification of the maximum common sub-graph or clique. These features are not necessarily evident from sequence or from global structural similarity(More)
We report a computational approach that integrates structural bioinformatics, molecular modelling and systems biology to construct a drug-target network on a structural proteome-wide scale. The approach has been applied to the genome of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb), the causative agent of one of today's most widely spread infectious diseases. The(More)
Methods for analyzing complete gene families are becoming of increasing importance to the drug discovery process, because similarities and differences within a family are often the key to understanding functional differences that can be exploited in drug design. We undertake a large-scale structural comparison of protein kinase ATP-binding sites using a(More)
A new method is presented that docks molecular fragments to a rigid protein receptor. It uses a probabilistic procedure based on statistical thermodynamic principles to place ligand atom triplets at the lowest energy sites. The probabilistic method ranks receptor binding modes so that the lowest energy ones are sampled first. This allows constraints to be(More)