Andrzej Kolinski Research Group

Coarse-grained protein modeling

Modeling Software & Servers

Biomolecules — dynamics & interactions


Protein structure prediction: combining de novo modeling with sparse experimental data


Journal of Computational Chemistry, 28:1668–76, 2007


Routine structure prediction of new folds is still a challenging task for computational biology. The challenge is not only in the proper determination of overall fold but also in building models of acceptable resolution, useful for modeling the drug interactions and protein-protein complexes. In this work we propose and test a comprehensive approach to protein structure modeling supported by sparse, and relatively easy to obtain, experimental data. We focus on chemical shift-based restraints from NMR, although other sparse restraints could be easily included. In particular, we demonstrate that combining the typical NMR software with artificial intelligence-based prediction of secondary structure enhances significantly the accuracy of the restraints for molecular modeling. The computational procedure is based on the reduced representation approach implemented in the CABS modeling software, which proved to be a versatile tool for protein structure prediction during the CASP (CASP stands for critical assessment of techniques for protein structure prediction) experiments (see http://predictioncenter/CASP6/org). The method is successfully tested on a small set of representative globular proteins of different size and topology, including the two CASP6 targets, for which the required NMR data already exist. The method is implemented in a semi-automated pipeline applicable to a large scale structural annotation of genomic data. Here, we limit the computations to relatively small set. This enabled, without a loss of generality, a detailed discussion of various factors determining accuracy of the proposed approach to the protein structure prediction.