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J Chem Inf Model. 2018 Nov 26;58(11):2189-2192. doi: 10.1021/acs.jcim.8b00592. Epub 2018 Oct 19.

CRISPro: An Automated Pipeline for Protein Conformation Stabilization by Proline.

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Vaccine Research Center, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases , National Institutes of Health , Bethesda , Maryland 20892 , United States.
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics , Columbia University , New York , New York 10032 , United States.


Recent studies have shown that the yield, antigenicity, and immunogenicity of an immunogen can be enhanced by stabilizing it into a specific conformation. Such stabilization often involves the engineering of proline mutations at residue positions where a proline is structurally compatible with the target conformation but not with an alternative conformation. However, there is no publicly available tool that can design proline mutations for this purpose automatically. Here we implemented an automated tool, CRISPro, that inputs structural coordinates of the target conformation and/or an alternative conformation and outputs a list of residue positions where proline mutations are predicted to stabilize the target conformation based on compatibility of phi-psi angles, secondary structure, and steric constraints. Thus, CRISPro can be used to engineer immunogens into specific conformation and to design serologic probes, capable of isolating antibodies that recognize a target shape.


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