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Protein-protein interactions (PPIs) are crucial for almost all cellular processes, including metabolic cycles, DNA transcription and replication, and signaling cascades. Given the importance of PPIs, several methods have been developed to detect them. Since the experimental methods are time-consuming and expensive, developing computational methods for(More)
Flavin mono-nucleotide (FMN) closely evolves in many biological processes. In this study, a computational method was proposed to identify FMN binding sites based on amino acid sequences of proteins only. A modified Position Specific Score Matrix was used to characterize the local environmental sequence information, and a visible improvement of performance(More)
In this study, we focus on different types of Gram-negative bacterial secreted proteins, and try to analyze the relationships and differences among them. Through an extensive literature search, 1612 secreted proteins have been collected as a standard data set from three data sources, including Swiss-Prot, TrEMBL and RefSeq. To explore the relationships(More)
Signal peptides play a crucial role in various biological processes, such as localization of cell surface receptors, translocation of secreted proteins and cell-cell communication. However, the amino acid mutation in signal peptides, also called non-synonymous single nucleotide polymorphisms (nsSNPs or SAPs) may lead to the loss of their functions. In the(More)
Thrombin-binding aptamer (TBA) with the sequence 5'GGTTGGTGTGGTTGG3' could fold into G-quadruplex, which correlates with functionally important genomic regionsis. However, unfolding mechanism involved in the structural stability of G-quadruplex has not been satisfactorily elucidated on experiments so far. Herein, we studied the unfolding pathway of TBA by a(More)
G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) play a crucial role in regulating signal recognition and transduction through their activation. The conformation transition in the activation pathway is of particular importance for their function. However, it has been poorly elucidated due to experimental difficulties in determining the conformations and the time(More)
BACKGROUND Type III secretion systems (T3SSs) are central to the pathogenesis and specifically deliver their secreted substrates (type III secreted proteins, T3SPs) into host cells. Since T3SPs play a crucial role in pathogen-host interactions, identifying them is crucial to our understanding of the pathogenic mechanisms of T3SSs. This study reports a novel(More)
The use of enzymes in nonaqueous solvent has been one of the most exciting facets of enzymology in recent times; however, the mechanism of how organic solvent and essential water influence on structure and function of enzyme has been not satisfactorily explained in experiments, which limit its further application. Herein, we used molecular dynamics (MD)(More)
The assessment of binding affinity between ligands and the target proteins plays an essential role in drug discovery and design process. As an alternative to widely used scoring approaches, machine learning methods have also been proposed for fast prediction of the binding affinity with promising results, but most of them were developed as all-purpose(More)
miRNAs (microRNAs) are a set of endogenous and small non-coding RNAs which specifically induce degradation of target mRNAs or inhibit protein translation to control gene expression. Obviously, aberrant miRNA expression in human cells will lead to a serious of changes in protein-protein interaction network (PPIN), thus to activate or inactivate some pathways(More)