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Bioinformatics. 2011 Aug 1;27(15):2163-4. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btr348. Epub 2011 Jun 11.

Xwalk: computing and visualizing distances in cross-linking experiments.

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Department of Biology, Institute of Molecular Systems Biology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), CH-8093 Zurich, Switzerland. abdullah@imsb.biol.ethz.ch

Abstract

MOTIVATION:

Chemical cross-linking of proteins or protein complexes and the mass spectrometry-based localization of the cross-linked amino acids in peptide sequences is a powerful method for generating distance restraints on the substrate's topology.

RESULTS:

Here, we introduce the algorithm Xwalk for predicting and validating these cross-links on existing protein structures. Xwalk calculates and displays non-linear distances between chemically cross-linked amino acids on protein surfaces, while mimicking the flexibility and non-linearity of cross-linker molecules. It returns a 'solvent accessible surface distance', which corresponds to the length of the shortest path between two amino acids, where the path leads through solvent occupied space without penetrating the protein surface.

AVAILABILITY:

Xwalk is freely available as a web server or stand-alone JAVA application at http://www.xwalk.org.

PMID:
21666267
PMCID:
PMC3137222
DOI:
10.1093/bioinformatics/btr348
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