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Biophys J. 2010 Dec 1;99(11):3704-15. doi: 10.1016/j.bpj.2010.08.079.

Interaction energy based protein structure networks.

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  • 1Molecular Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.

Abstract

The three-dimensional structure of a protein is formed and maintained by the noncovalent interactions among the amino-acid residues of the polypeptide chain. These interactions can be represented collectively in the form of a network. So far, such networks have been investigated by considering the connections based on distances between the amino-acid residues. Here we present a method of constructing the structure network based on interaction energies among the amino-acid residues in the protein. We have investigated the properties of such protein energy-based networks (PENs) and have shown correlations to protein structural features such as the clusters of residues involved in stability, formation of secondary and super-secondary structural units. Further we demonstrate that the analysis of PENs in terms of parameters such as hubs and shortest paths can provide a variety of biologically important information, such as the residues crucial for stabilizing the folded units and the paths of communication between distal residues in the protein. Finally, the energy regimes for different levels of stabilization in the protein structure have clearly emerged from the PEN analysis.

Copyright © 2010 Biophysical Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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21112295
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PMC2998601
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