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Structural characteristics and stabilizing principles of bent beta-strands in protein tertiary architectures.

Protein Science
Wiley Blackwell (John Wiley & Sons)
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  • Research Article
  • Biology


beta-Strands as constituents of beta-pleated sheets in protein tertiary structures often display considerable distortion from a purely extended conformation. The dislocation types are often characterized as "bulging," "twisting," and "bending." The former 2 properties have been extensively studied and classified. In this work an investigation of bent beta-structures is undertaken. The structural characteristics examined included the bending angles within and out of the principal strand plane, their distribution among various strand types such as parallel and antiparallel, the amino acid preferences at bend sites, and the usage of charged and polar residues for stabilization through interactive anchoring with other atoms of the beta-sheet within which the bent strand lies.

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