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dc.contributor.authorPeng, Xubiaoen_US
dc.contributor.authorChenani, Alirezaen_US
dc.contributor.authorHu, Shuangweien_US
dc.contributor.authorZhou, Yifanen_US
dc.contributor.authorNiemi, Antti J.en_US
dc.description.abstractBackground: A commonly recurring problem in structural protein studies, is the determination of all heavy atom positions from the knowledge of the central α-carbon coordinates. Results: We employ advances in virtual reality to address the problem. The outcome is a 3D visualisation based technique where all the heavy backbone and side chain atoms are treated on equal footing, in terms of the Cα coordinates. Each heavy atom is visualised on the surfaces of a different two-sphere, that is centered at another heavy backbone and side chain atoms. In particular, the rotamers are visible as clusters, that display a clear and strong dependence on the underlying backbone secondary structure. Conclusions: We demonstrate that there is a clear interdependence between rotameric states and secondary structure. Our method easily detects those atoms in a crystallographic protein structure which are either outliers or have been likely misplaced, possibly due to radiation damage. Our approach forms a basis for the development of a new generation, visualization based side chain construction, validation and refinement tools. The heavy atom positions are identified in a manner which accounts for the secondary structure environment, leading to improved accuracy.en_US
dc.publisherBioMed Centraleng
dc.rightsAttribution CC BYeng
dc.subjectSide chain reconstructioneng
dc.subjectCα trace problemeng
dc.subjectProtein visualisationeng
dc.titleA three dimensional visualisation approach to protein heavy-atom structure reconstructionen_US
dc.typePeer reviewed
dc.typeJournal article
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2014 Peng et al.; licensee BioMed Central
dc.rights.holderXubiao Peng et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
dc.source.journalBMC Structural Biology

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