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Exploring Energy Profiles of Protein-Protein Interactions (PPIs) Using DFT Method

[ Vol. 16 , Issue. 6 ]


Sanket Bapat, Renu Vyas* and Muthukumarasamy Karthikeyan   Pages 670 - 677 ( 8 )


Background: Large-scale energy landscape characterization of protein-protein interactions (PPIs) is important to understand the interaction mechanism and protein-protein docking methods. The experimental methods for detecting energy landscapes are tedious and the existing computational methods require longer simulation time.

Objective: The objective of the present work is to ascertain the energy profiles at the interface regions in a rapid manner to analyze the energy landscape of protein-protein interactions.

Methods: The atomic coordinates obtained from the X-ray and NMR spectroscopy data are considered as inputs to compute cumulative energy profiles for experimentally validated protein-protein complexes. The energies computed by the program were comparable to the standard molecular dynamics simulations.

Results: The PPI Profiler not only enables rapid generation of energy profiles but also facilitates the detection of hot spot residue atoms involved therein.

Conclusion: The hotspot residues and their computed energies matched with the experimentally determined hot spot residues and their energies which correlated well by employing the MM/GBSA method. The proposed method can be employed to scan entire proteomes across species at an atomic level to study the key PPI interactions.


Protein-protein interaction, energy profiles, DFT, energy landscape, hot spot residues, proteomes.


Dr. D. Y. Patil Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Institute, Tathawade, Pune, Maharashtra-411008, MIT School of Bioengineering Science and Research, Loni, Kalbhor, Pune-412201, Dr. D. Y. Patil Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Institute, Tathawade, Pune, Maharashtra-411008

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