Zoi I. Litou

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The ability to predict the subcellular localization of a protein from its sequence is of great importance, as it provides information about the protein's function. We present a computational tool, PredSL, which utilizes neural networks, Markov chains, profile hidden Markov models, and scoring matrices for the prediction of the subcellular localization of(More)
Surface proteins in Gram-positive bacteria are frequently implicated in virulence. We have focused on a group of extracellular cell wall-attached proteins (CWPs), containing an LPXTG motif for cleavage and covalent coupling to peptidoglycan by sortase enzymes. A hidden Markov model (HMM) approach for predicting the LPXTG-anchored cell wall proteins of(More)
G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) constitute a broad class of cell-surface receptors, including several functionally distinct families, that play a key role in cellular signalling and regulation of basic physiological processes. GPCRs are the focus of a significant amount of current pharmaceutical research since they interact with more than 50% of(More)
The vast cell-surface receptor family of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) is the focus of both academic and pharmaceutical research due to their key role in cell physiology along with their amenability to drug intervention. As the data flow rate from the various genome and proteome projects continues to grow, so does the need for fast, automated and(More)
Genomics and proteomics have added valuable information to our knowledgebase of the human biological system including the discovery of therapeutic targets and disease biomarkers. However, molecular profiling studies commonly result in the identification of novel proteins of unknown localization. A class of proteins of special interest is membrane proteins,(More)
waveTM is a web tool for the prediction of transmembrane segments in alpha-helical membrane proteins. Prediction is performed by a dynamic programming algorithm on wavelet-denoised 'hydropathy' signals. Users submit a protein sequence and receive interactively the results. Topology prediction can also be obtained in conjunction with the algorithm OrienTM. A(More)
A major part of membrane function is conducted by proteins, both integral and peripheral. Peripheral membrane proteins temporarily adhere to biological membranes, either to the lipid bilayer or to integral membrane proteins with noncovalent interactions. The aim of this study was to construct and analyze the interactions of the human plasma membrane(More)
Different compartments in a cell perform diverse tasks, thus knowledge of the localization of a protein would be highly indicative of its function. Many proteins have an Nterminal sequence of approximately 20–50 residues, which is responsible for their targeting to the appropriate location and is cleaved off, after the protein has been inserted into the(More)
Cutaneous melanoma is a malignant tumor of skin melanocytes that are pigment-producing cells located in the basal layer (stratum basale) of epidermis. Accumulation of genetic mutations within their oncogenes or tumor-suppressor genes compels melanocytes to aberrant proliferation and spread to distant organs of the body, thereby resulting in severe and/or(More)
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