Saturday, September 08, 2007

The Biology of Modular Protein Domains

From tomorrow on I will be in Austria for a small conference on the biology of protein domains. I might post some short notes about the meeting in the next few days. I'll get a chance to present some of the things I have been working on about the prediction of domain-peptide interactions from structural data.

Here is one of these modular protein domains, an SH3 domain, in complex with a peptide:
The very short summary of it is that it is possible to take the structure of one of these domains in complex with a peptide (ex: SH3, phospho binding domains, kinases, etc) and predict their binding specificity. To some extent it is also possible to take a sequence, obtain a model (depends on structural coverage) and determine its specificity. I'll talk more about the details (hopefully) soon.