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Methods Mol Biol. 2014;1137:209-34. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-0366-5_15.

Pairwise and multimeric protein-protein docking using the LZerD program suite.

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Department of Computer Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA.


Physical interactions between proteins are involved in many important cell functions and are key for understanding the mechanisms of biological processes. Protein-protein docking programs provide a means to computationally construct three-dimensional (3D) models of a protein complex structure from its component protein units. A protein docking program takes two or more individual 3D protein structures, which are either experimentally solved or computationally modeled, and outputs a series of probable complex structures.In this chapter we present the LZerD protein docking suite, which includes programs for pairwise docking, LZerD and PI-LZerD, and multiple protein docking, Multi-LZerD, developed by our group. PI-LZerD takes protein docking interface residues as additional input information. The methods use a combination of shape-based protein surface features as well as physics-based scoring terms to generate protein complex models. The programs are provided as stand-alone programs and can be downloaded from

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