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Bioinformatics. 1999 Apr;15(4):317-26.

Motif-based searching in TOPS protein topology databases.

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  • 1Department of Computer Science, City University, London EC1V 0HB, UK. drg@cs.city.ac.uk

Abstract

MOTIVATION:

TOPS cartoons are a schematic ion of protein three-dimensional structures in two dimensions, and are used for understanding and manual comparison of protein folds. Recently, an algorithm that produces the cartoons automatically from protein structures has been devised and cartoons have been generated to represent all the structures in the structural databank. There is now a need to be able to define target topological patterns and to search the database for matching domains.

RESULTS:

We have devised a formal language for describing TOPS diagrams and patterns, and have designed an efficient algorithm to match a pattern to a set of diagrams. A pattern-matching system has been implemented, and tested on a database derived from all the current entries in the Protein Data Bank (15,000 domains). Users can search on patterns selected from a library of motifs or, alternatively, they can define their own search patterns.

AVAILABILITY:

The system is accessible over the Web at http://tops.ebi.ac.uk/tops

PMID:
10320400
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