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The Joint Evolutionary Trees (JET) method detects protein interfaces, the core residues involved in the folding process, and residues susceptible to site-directed mutagenesis and relevant to molecular recognition. The approach, based on the Evolutionary Trace (ET) method, introduces a novel way to treat evolutionary information. Families of homologous(More)
We have applied the calculation of mechanical properties to a dataset of almost 100 enzymes to determine the extent to which catalytic residues have distinct properties. Specifically, we have calculated force constants describing the ease of moving any given amino acid residue with respect to the other residues in the protein. The results show that(More)
Large-scale analyses of protein-protein interactions based on coarse-grain molecular docking simulations and binding site predictions resulting from evolutionary sequence analysis, are possible and realizable on hundreds of proteins with variate structures and interfaces. We demonstrated this on the 168 proteins of the Mintseris Benchmark 2.0. On the one(More)
Rigid-body docking has become quite successful in predicting the correct conformations of binary protein complexes, at least when the constituent proteins do not undergo large conformational changes upon binding. However, determining whether two given proteins interact is a more difficult problem. Successful docking procedures often give equally good scores(More)
Thermodynamic stability, configurational motions and internal forces of haemoglobin (Hb) of three endotherms (platypus, Ornithorhynchus anatinus; domestic chicken, Gallus gallus domesticus and human, Homo sapiens) and an ectotherm (salt water crocodile, Crocodylus porosus) were investigated using circular dichroism, incoherent elastic neutron scattering and(More)
It is now widely accepted that protein function depends not only on structure, but also on flexibility. However, the way mechanical properties contribute to catalytic mechanisms remains unclear. Here, we propose a method for investigating local flexibility within protein structures that combines a reduced protein representation with Brownian dynamics(More)
Experimental and theoretical studies have stressed the importance of flexibility for protein function. However, more local studies of protein dynamics, using temperature factors from crystallographic data or elastic models of protein mechanics, suggest that active sites are among the most rigid parts of proteins. We have used quasielastic neutron scattering(More)
Protein-protein interactions play a key part in most biological processes and understanding their mechanism is a fundamental problem leading to numerous practical applications. The prediction of protein binding sites in particular is of paramount importance since proteins now represent a major class of therapeutic targets. Amongst others methods, docking(More)
We investigate the conformational dynamics and mechanical properties of guanylate kinase (GK) using a multiscale approach combining high-resolution atomistic molecular dynamics and low-resolution Brownian dynamics simulations. The GK enzyme is subject to large conformational changes, leading from an open to a closed form, which are further influenced by the(More)