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A Fast Algorithm to Compute Conical Pockets in Proteins. Application to the Structural Characterization of γ-Carbonic Anhydrases

A Fast Algorithm to Compute Conical Pockets in Proteins. Application to the Structural Characterization of γ-Carbonic Anhydrases
Michel Petitjean
Some major proteins families, such as carbonic anhydrases (CAs), have a conical cavity at the active site. No algorithm was available to compute conical cavities, so we needed to design one. The fast algorithm we designed let us show on a set of 717 CAs extracted from the PDB database that γ-CAs are characterized by active site cavity cone angles significantly larger than those of α-CAs and β-CAs: the generatrix-axis angles are greater than 60° for the γ-CAs while they are smaller than 50° for the other CAs. Free binaries of the CONICA software implementing the algorithm are available through a software repository at http://petitjeanmichel.free.fr/itoweb.petitjean.freeware.html

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/minf.201600155

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