PDB2CD: a web-based application for the generation of circular dichroism spectra from protein atomic coordinates.
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MOTIVATION: Circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy is extensively utilized for determining the percentages of secondary structure content present in proteins. However, although a large contributor, secondary structure is not the only factor that influences the shape and magnitude of the CD spectrum produced. Other structural features can make contributions so an entire protein structural conformation can give rise to a CD spectrum. There is a need for an application capable of generating protein CD spectra from atomic coordinates. However, no empirically derived method to do this currently exists. RESULTS: PDB2CD has been created as an empirical-based approach to the generation of protein CD spectra from atomic coordinates. The method utilizes a combination of structural features within the conformation of a protein; not only its percentage secondary structure content, but also the juxtaposition of these structural components relative to one another, and the overall structure similarity of the query protein to proteins in our dataset, the SP175 dataset, the 'gold standard' set obtained from the Protein Circular Dichroism Data Bank (PCDDB). A significant number of the CD spectra associated with the 71 proteins in this dataset have been produced with excellent accuracy using a leave-one-out cross-validation process. The method also creates spectra in good agreement with those of a test set of 14 proteins from the PCDDB. The PDB2CD package provides a web-based, user friendly approach to enable researchers to produce CD spectra from protein atomic coordinates. AVAILABILITY AND IMPLEMENTATION: http://pdb2cd.cryst.bbk.ac.uk CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.orgSupplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.
AuthorsMavridis, L; Janes, RW
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