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Paper   IPM / Biological / 13217
School of Biological Sciences
  Title:   A Pairwise Residue Contact Area-Based Mean Force Potential For Discrimination Of Native Protein Structure
1.  S.Arab.
2.  C. Eslahchi.
3.  M. Sadeghi.
4.  H. Pezeshk.
5.  A. Sheari.
  Status:   Published
  Journal: BMC Bioinformatics
  No.:  1
  Vol.:  11
  Year:  2010
  Pages:   16
  Supported by:  IPM
Background Considering energy function to detect a correct protein fold from incorrect ones is very important for protein structure prediction and protein folding. Knowledge-based mean force potentials are certainly the most popular type of interaction function for protein threading. They are derived from statistical analyses of interacting groups in experimentally determined protein structures. These potentials are developed at the atom or the amino acid level. Based on orientation dependent contact area, a new type of knowledge-based mean force potential has been developed.
Results We developed a new approach to calculate a knowledge-based potential of mean-force, using pairwise residue contact area. To test the performance of our approach, we performed it on several decoy sets to measure its ability to discriminate native structure from decoys. This potential has been able to distinguish native structures from the decoys in the most cases. Further, the calculated Z-scores were quite high for all protein datasets.
Conclusions This knowledge-based potential of mean force can be used in protein structure prediction, fold recognition, comparative modelling and molecular recognition. The program is available at http://www.bioinf.cs.ipm.ac.ir/softwares/surfield webcite

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