Structural and Functional Analysis of Hemoglobin and Serum Albumin Through Protein Long-Range Interaction Networks

Author(s): Paola Paci, Luisa Di Paola, Daniele Santoni, Micol De Ruvo, Alessandro Giuliani.

Journal Name: Current Proteomics

Volume 9 , Issue 3 , 2012

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Long-range contacts in protein structures were demonstrated to be predictive of different physiological properties of hemoglobin and albumin proteins. Complex networks based approach was demonstrated to highlight basic principles of protein folding and activity. The presence of a natural scaling region ending at an approximate threshold of 120-150 residues shared by proteins of different size and quaternary structure was highlighted. This threshold is reminiscent of the typical size for a macromolecule to have a binding site sensible to environmental regulation.

Keywords: Allosteric effect, Bioinformatics, Computational biochemistry, Graph theory, Structural biology, Topological invariants, Protein contact network, Long-range order, Contact order, Degree based assortativity, Long-range interaction networks, DBA, Assortativity, aminoacids, hemoglobin flexibility, Albumin

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Year: 2012
Page: [160 - 166]
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.2174/157016412803251815
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