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Large scale determination of previously unsolved protein structures using evolutionary information

  1. Sergey Ovchinnikov
  2. Lisa Kinch
  3. Hahnbeom Park
  4. Yuxing Liao
  5. Jimin Pei
  6. David E Kim
  7. Hetunandan Kamisetty
  8. Nick V Grishin
  9. David Baker  Is a corresponding author
  1. University of Washington, United States
  2. Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, United States
  3. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, United States
  4. Facebook Inc., United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2015;4:e09248 doi: 10.7554/eLife.09248

Abstract

The prediction of the structures of proteins without detectablesequence similarity to any protein of known structure remains anoutstanding scientific challenge. Here we describe de novo blindstructure predictions of unprecedented accuracy for two proteins in large families made in the recent CASP11 blind test of protein structure prediction methods by incorporating residue-residue co-evolution information in the Rosetta structure prediction program. We then use the method to generate structure models for 58 of the 121 large protein families in prokaryotes for which three dimensionalstructures are not available. These models, which are posted online for public access, provide structural information for the over 400,000 proteins belonging to the 58 families and suggest hypotheses about mechanism for the subset for which the function is known, and hypotheses about function for the remainder.

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  1. Sergey Ovchinnikov

    Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, United States
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  2. Lisa Kinch

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, United States
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  3. Hahnbeom Park

    Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, United States
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  4. Yuxing Liao

    Department of Biophysics, Department of Biochemistry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, United States
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  5. Jimin Pei

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, United States
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  6. David E Kim

    Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, United States
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  7. Hetunandan Kamisetty

    Facebook Inc., Seattle, United States
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    The authors declare that no competing interests exist.
  8. Nick V Grishin

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, United States
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    The authors declare that no competing interests exist.
  9. David Baker

    Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, United States
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    dabaker@uw.edu
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  1. Yibing Shan, DE Shaw Research, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: June 6, 2015
  2. Accepted: August 30, 2015
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: September 3, 2015 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: October 21, 2015 (version 2)

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© 2015, Ovchinnikov et al.

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