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Ensembles from Ordered and Disordered Proteins Reveal Similar Structural Constraints during Evolution.

07:00 EST 4th February 2019 | BioPortfolio

Summary of "Ensembles from Ordered and Disordered Proteins Reveal Similar Structural Constraints during Evolution."

The conformations accessible to proteins are determined by the inter-residue interactions between amino acid residues. During evolution, structural constraints can exist that are required for protein function providing biologically relevant information. Here, we studied the proportion of sites evolving under structural constraints in two very different types of ensembles, those coming from ordered and disordered proteins. Using a structurally constrained model of protein evolution we found that both types of ensembles show comparable, near 40%, number of positions evolving under structural constraints. Among these sites, ~68% are in disordered regions and ~57% of them show long-range inter-residue contacts. Also, we found that disordered ensembles are redundant in reference to their structurally constrained evolutionary information and could be described on average with ~11 conformers. Despite the different complexity of the studied ensembles and proteins, the similar constraints reveal a comparable level of selective pressure to maintain their biological functions. These results highlight the importance of the evolutionary information to recover meaningful biological information to further characterize conformational ensembles.

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Name: Journal of molecular biology
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