Protein secondary structure appears to be robust under in silico evolution while protein disorder appears not to be

Schaefer, Christian; Schlessinger, Avner; Rost, Burkhard
March 2010
Bioinformatics;Mar2010, Vol. 26 Issue 5, p625
Academic Journal
Motivation: The mutation of amino acids often impacts protein function and structure. Mutations without negative effect sustain evolutionary pressure. We study a particular aspect of structural robustness with respect to mutations: regular protein secondary structure and natively unstructured (intrinsically disordered) regions. Is the formation of regular secondary structure an intrinsic feature of amino acid sequences, or is it a feature that is lost upon mutation and is maintained by evolution against the odds? Similarly, is disorder an intrinsic sequence feature or is it difficult to maintain? To tackle these questions, we in silico mutated native protein sequences into random sequence-like ensembles and monitored the change in predicted secondary structure and disorder.


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