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PDB2CD visualises dynamics within protein structures

Proteins tend to have defined conformations, a key factor in enabling their function. Atomic resolution structures of proteins are predominantly obtained by either solution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) or crystal structure methods. However, when considering a protein whose structure has been determined by both these approaches, on many occasions, the resultant conformations are ...

PCDDB: new developments at the Protein Circular Dichroism Data Bank

The Protein Circular Dichroism Data Bank (PCDDB) has been in operation for more than 5 years as a public repository for archiving circular dichroism spectroscopic data and associated bioinformatics and experimental metadata. Since its inception, many improvements and new developments have been made in data display, searching algorithms, data formats, data content, auxillary ...

ValiDichro: a website for validating and quality control of protein circular dichroism spectra

Circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy is widely used in structural biology as a technique for examining the structure, folding and conformational changes of proteins. A new server, ValiDichro, has been developed for checking the quality and validity of CD spectral data and metadata, both as an aid to data collection and processing and as a validation procedure for spectra to be ...

DichroMatch: a website for similarity searching of circular dichroism spectra

Circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy is a widely used method for examining the structure, folding and conformational changes of proteins. A new online CD analysis server (DichroMatch) has been developed for identifying proteins with similar spectral characteristics by detecting possible structurally and functionally related proteins and homologues. DichroMatch includes six ...

2Struc: the secondary structure server

Summary: The defined secondary structure of proteins method is often considered the gold standard for assignment of secondary structure from three-dimensional coordinates. However, there are alternative methods. ‘2Struc: The Secondary Structure Server’ has been created as a single point of access for eight different secondary structure assignment methods. It has been designed to ...

Bioinformatics analyses of circular dichroism protein reference databases

Motivation: Circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy has become established as a key method for determining the secondary structure contents of proteins which has had a significant impact on molecular biology. Many excellent mathematical protocols have been developed for this purpose and their quality is above question. However, reference database sets of proteins, with CD spectra ...

Combining sequence-based prediction methods and circular dichroism and infrared spectroscopic data to improve protein secondary structure determinations

Background A number of sequence-based methods exist for protein secondary structure prediction. Protein secondary structures can also be determined experimentally from circular dichroism, and infrared spectroscopic data using empirical analysis methods. It has been proposed that comparable accuracy can be obtained from sequence-based predictions as from these biophysical ...

PCDDB: the protein circular dichroism data bank, a repository for circular dichroism spectral and metadata

The Protein Circular Dichroism Data Bank (PCDDB) is a public repository that archives and freely distributes circular dichroism (CD) and synchrotron radiation CD (SRCD) spectral data and their associated experimental metadata. All entries undergo validation and curation procedures to ensure completeness, consistency and quality of the data included. A web-based interface enables ...

Analysing the ability to retain sidechain hydrogen-bonds in mutant proteins

Motivation: Hydrogen bonds are one of the most important inter-atomic interactions in biology. Previous experimental, theoretical and bioinformatics analyses have shown that the hydrogen bonding potential of amino acids is generally satisfied and that buried unsatisfied hydrogen-bond-capable residues are destabilizing. When studying mutant proteins, or introducing mutations to ...

Novel methods for secondary structure determination using low wavelength (VUV) circular dichroism spectroscopic data

Background Circular Dichroism (CD) spectroscopy is a widely used method for studying protein structures in solution. Modern synchrotron radiation CD (SRCD) instruments have considerably higher photon fluxes than do conventional lab-based CD instruments, and hence have the ability to routinely measure CD data to much lower wavelengths. Recently a new reference dataset of SRCD ...