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Prediction of polypeptide fragments exposed to the solvent.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
In silico biology
Publication Date
Volume
3
Issue
4
Pages
417–428
Identifiers
PMID: 12954085
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

A method is presented to predict those polypeptide segments within a globular protein that are more likely to be exposed to the solvent. The protein amino acidic sequence is the only information needed by this new algorithm. It uses a consensus hydrophobicity scale, derived from 28 known scales, and it is based on the comparison between the average hydrophobicity of a polypeptide fragment and the average hydrophobicity expected for a segment containing the same number of residues. The latter values are pre-computed from a non-redundant set of single chain protein structural domains. The comparison between the two average values results in a t value that readily provides the prediction with a statistical significance. A jack-knife validation analysis indicates that the protein segment predicted to be the most solvent exposed is actually solvent exposed and amongst the fragments that are most exposed. The source of a stand-alone program, written in C language, that allows the prediction of the most likely solvent exposed segment in a globular protein is available from the author.

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