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Network properties of protein-decoy structures

Chatterjee, Subhojyoti and Bhattacharyya, Moitrayee and Vishveshwara, Saraswathi (2012) Network properties of protein-decoy structures. In: JOURNAL OF BIOMOLECULAR STRUCTURE & DYNAMICS, 29 (6). pp. 606-622.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07391102.2011.672625

Abstract

Convergence of the vast sequence space of proteins into a highly restricted fold/conformational space suggests a simple yet unique underlying mechanism of protein folding that has been the subject of much debate in the last several decades. One of the major challenges related to the understanding of protein folding or in silico protein structure prediction is the discrimination of non-native structures/decoys from the native structure. Applications of knowledge-based potentials to attain this goal have been extensively reported in the literature. Also, scoring functions based on accessible surface area and amino acid neighbourhood considerations were used in discriminating the decoys from native structures. In this article, we have explored the potential of protein structure network (PSN) parameters to validate the native proteins against a large number of decoy structures generated by diverse methods. We are guided by two principles: (a) the PSNs capture the local properties from a global perspective and (b) inclusion of non-covalent interactions, at all-atom level, including the side-chain atoms, in the network construction accommodates the sequence dependent features. Several network parameters such as the size of the largest cluster, community size, clustering coefficient are evaluated and scored on the basis of the rank of the native structures and the Z-scores. The network analysis of decoy structures highlights the importance of the global properties contributing to the uniqueness of native structures. The analysis also exhibits that the network parameters can be used as metrics to identify the native structures and filter out non-native structures/decoys in a large number of data-sets; thus also has a potential to be used in the protein `structure prediction' problem.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to Taylor and Francis
Keywords: FOLDING INTERMEDIATE;STRUCTURE PREDICTION;HYDROPHOBIC INTERACTIONS;THERMOPHILIC PROTEINS;STRUCTURE SELECTION; ENERGY LANDSCAPE;FOLDED PROTEINS;STABILITY;PERSPECTIVE; KNOWLEDGE
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Biophysics Unit
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2012 11:23
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2012 11:23
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/44639

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