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Protein Eng. 1992 Sep;5(6):479-88.

Construction of a dictionary of sequence motifs that characterize groups of related proteins.

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Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University, Japan.


An automatic procedure is proposed to identify, from the protein sequence database, conserved amino acid patterns (or sequence motifs) that are exclusive to a group of functionally related proteins. This procedure is applied to the PIR database and a dictionary of sequence motifs that relate to specific superfamilies constructed. The motifs have a practical relevance in identifying the membership of specific superfamilies without the need to perform sequence database searches in 20% of newly determined sequences. The sequence motifs identified represent functionally important sites on protein molecules. When multiple blocks exist in a single motif they are often close together in the 3-D structure. Furthermore, occasionally these motif blocks were found to be split by introns when the correlation with exon structures was examined.

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