iPBA: a tool for protein structure comparison using sequence alignment strategies

Jean-Christophe Gelly, Agnel Praveen Joseph, Narayanaswamy Srinivasan, Alexandre G. de Brevern
2011 Nucleic Acids Research  
With the immense growth in the number of available protein structures, fast and accurate structure comparison has been essential. We propose an efficient method for structure comparison, based on a structural alphabet. Protein Blocks (PBs) is a widely used structural alphabet with 16 pentapeptide conformations that can fairly approximate a complete protein chain. Thus a 3D structure can be translated into a 1D sequence of PBs. With a simple Needleman-Wunsch approach and a raw PB substitution
more » ... rix, PB-based structural alignments were better than many popular methods. iPBA web server presents an improved alignment approach using (i) specialized PB Substitution Matrices (SM) and (ii) anchor-based alignment methodology. With these developments, the quality of $88% of alignments was improved. iPBA alignments were also better than DALI, MUSTANG and GANGSTA + in >80% of the cases. The webserver is designed to for both pairwise comparisons and database searches. Outputs are given as sequence alignment and superposed 3D structures displayed using PyMol and Jmol. A local alignment option for detecting subs-structural similarity is also embedded. As a fast and efficient 'sequence-based' structure comparison tool, we believe that it will be quite useful to the scientific community. iPBA can be accessed at http://www.dsimb.inserm.fr/dsimb_tools/ipba/.
doi:10.1093/nar/gkr333 pmid:21586582 pmcid:PMC3125758 fatcat:hzpydg2n6vbk5lsi2w4fj64fxi