Sándor Pongor

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The degree of similarity of two protein three-dimensional structures is usually measured with the root-mean-square distance between equivalent atom pairs. Such a similarity measure depends on the dimension of the proteins, that is, on the number of equivalent atom pairs. The present communication presents a simple procedure to make the root-mean-square(More)
Structural parameters characterizing the bending propensity of trinucleotides were deduced from DNase I digestion data using simple probabilistic models. In contrast to dinucleotide-based models of DNA bending and/or bendability, the trinucleotide parameters are in good agreement with X-ray crystallographic data on bent DNA. This improvement may be due to(More)
The eukaryotic cell division cycle is coordinated by cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs), represented by a single major serine/threonine kinase in yeasts (Cdc2/CDC28) and a family of kinases (CDK1 to CDK8) in human cells. Previously, two cdc2 homologs, cdc2MsA and cdc2MsB, have been identified in alfalfa (Medicago sativa). By isolating cDNAs using a cdc2MsA(More)
Despite considerable progress in genome- and proteome-based high-throughput screening methods and rational drug design, the number of successful single-target drugs did not increase appreciably during the past decade. Network models suggest that partial inhibition of a surprisingly small number of targets can be more efficient than the complete inhibition(More)
Orthology is a key evolutionary concept in many areas of genomic research. It provides a framework for subjects as diverse as the evolution of genomes, gene functions, cellular networks and functional genome annotation. Although orthologous proteins usually perform equivalent functions in different species, establishing true orthologous relationships(More)
SUMMARY In order to obtain an accurate description of the protein interior, we describe a simple and fast algorithm that measures the depth of each atom in a protein (dpx), defined as its distance (A) from the closest solvent accessible atom. The program reads a PDB file containing the atomic solvent accessibility in the B-factor field, and writes a file in(More)
DNaseI digestion studies (Brukner et al, EMBO J 14, 1812-1818 1995) and nucleosomebinding data (Satchwell et al, J. Mol. Biol. 191, 639-659 1986, Goodsell and Dickerson, Nucleic trinucleotides. A detailed comparison of the two models suggests that while both of them represent improvements with respect to dinucleotide based descriptions, the individual(More)
We report here on the isolation and characterization of a full-length cDNA clone from alfalfa termed AnnMs2 encoding a 333 amino acid long polypeptide that shows 32-37% sequence identity with both mammalian and plant annexins, and has four tandem repeats. While other plant annexins exhibit a high level of sequence similarity to each other (up to 77%(More)
Atom depth, defined as the distance (dpx, A) of a nonhydrogen atom from its closest solvent-accessible protein neighbor, provides a simple but precise description of the protein interior. Mean residue depths can be easily computed and are very sensitive to structural features. From the analysis of the average and maximum atom depths of a set of 136 protein(More)
MOTIVATION A simple and fast algorithm is described that calculates a measure of protrusion (cx) for atoms in protein structures, directly useable with the common molecular graphics programs. RESULTS A sphere of predetermined radius is centered around each non-hydrogen atom, and the volume occupied by the protein and the free volume within the sphere(More)