Bridging protein local structures and protein functions

Zhi-Ping Liu, Ling-Yun Wu, Yong Wang, Xiang-Sun Zhang, Luonan Chen
2008 Amino Acids  
One of the major goals of molecular and evolutionary biology is to understand the functions of proteins by extracting functional information from protein sequences, structures and interactions. In this review, we summarize the repertoire of methods currently being applied and report recent progress in the field of in silico annotation of protein function based on the accumulation of vast amounts of sequence and structure data. In particular, we emphasize the newly developed structure-based
more » ... ds, which are able to identify locally structural motifs and reveal their relationship with protein functions. These methods include computational tools to identify the structural motifs and reveal the strong relationship between these pre-computed local structures and protein functions. We also discuss remaining problems and possible directions for this exciting and challenging area.
doi:10.1007/s00726-008-0088-8 pmid:18421562 fatcat:micrifjcrfetnafnm4fx45ouom