ICC   25427
INSTITUTO DE INVESTIGACION EN CIENCIAS DE LA COMPUTACION
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
artículos
Título:
Protein Repeats form First Principles
Autor/es:
TURJANSKI, PABLO; BECHER, VERĂ“NICA; ESPADA, ROCIO; PARRA, GONZALO; FERREIRO, DIEGO
Revista:
Scientific Rports
Editorial:
Nature
Referencias:
Año: 2016
Resumen:
Some natural proteins display recurrent structural patterns. Despite being highly similar at the tertiary structure level, repetitions within a single repeat protein can be extremely variable at the sequence level. We propose a mathematical definition of a repeat and investigate the occurrences of these in different protein families. We found that long stretches of perfect repetitions are infrequent in individual natural proteins, even for those which are known to fold into structures of recurrent structural motifs. We found that natural repeat proteins are indeed repetitive in their families, exhibiting abundant stretches of 6 amino acids or longer that are perfect repetitions in the reference family. We provide a systematic quantification for this repetitiveness, and show that this form of repetitiveness is not exclusive of repeat proteins, but also occurs in globular domains. A by-product of this work is a fast classifier of proteins into families, which yields likelihood value about a given protein belonging to a given family.