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Nucleic Acids Res. 2015 Jul 1;43(W1):W431-5. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkv495. Epub 2015 May 12.

GalaxyPepDock: a protein-peptide docking tool based on interaction similarity and energy optimization.

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Department of Chemistry, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-747, Korea.
Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Ulsan, Seoul 138-736, Korea
Department of Chemistry, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-747, Korea


Protein-peptide interactions are involved in a wide range of biological processes and are attractive targets for therapeutic purposes because of their small interfaces. Therefore, effective protein-peptide docking techniques can provide the basis for potential therapeutic applications by enabling an atomic-level understanding of protein interactions. With the increasing number of protein-peptide structures deposited in the protein data bank, the prediction accuracy of protein-peptide docking can be enhanced by utilizing the information provided by the database. The GalaxyPepDock web server, which is freely accessible at, performs similarity-based docking by finding templates from the database of experimentally determined structures and building models using energy-based optimization that allows for structural flexibility. The server can therefore effectively model the structural differences between the template and target protein-peptide complexes. The performance of GalaxyPepDock is superior to those of the other currently available web servers when tested on the PeptiDB set and on recently released complex structures. When tested on the CAPRI target 67, GalaxyPepDock generates models that are more accurate than the best server models submitted during the CAPRI blind prediction experiment.

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