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  • 1.Exploring Protein Sequences Part 1 Part 1: Patterns and Motifs Profiles Hydropathy Plots Transmembrane helices Antigenic Prediction Signal Peptides Repeats Coiled Coils Part 2: Protein Domains Domain databases Celia van Gelder CMBI Radboud University December 2005

2. Patterns and Motifs (1) In a multiple sequence alignment (MSA) islands of conservation emerge These conserved regions (motifs, segments, blocks, features) are typically around 10-20 aa in length They tend to correspond to the core structural or functional elements of the protein Their conserved nature allows them to be used to diagnose family membership 3. Patterns and Motifs (2) A motif (or pattern or signature) is a regular expression for what residues can be present at any given position. Motifs can contain - alternative residues - flexible regions C-x(2,5)-C-x-[GP]-x-P-x(2,5)-C CXXXCXGXPXXXXXC | | | | | FGCAKLCAGFPLRRLPCFYG Syntax: A-[BC]-X-D(2,5)-{EFG}-H Means: A B or C Anything 2-5 Ds Not E,F or G H 4. Patterns and Motifs (3) Motifs can not contain - mismatches exact match or no match at all - gaps C-x(2,5)-C-x-[GP]-x-P-x(2,5)-C CXXCXGXPXXXXX-C | ?| | | ?| FGCA-CAGFPLRRLPKCFYG J.Leunissen 5. PROSITE PROSITE - A Dictionary of Protein Sites and Patterns 1328 patterns and 577 profiles/matrices (dec 2005) For every pattern or profile there is documentation present (e.g. PDOC00975) - information on taxonomic occurrence - domain architecture, - function, - 3D structure, - main characteristics of the sequence - some references. 6. PROSITE Pattern PROSITE patterns consist of an exact regular expression Possible patterns occur frequently in proteins; they may not actually be present, such as post-translational modification sites ID ASN_GLYCOSYLATION; PATTERN. DE N-glycosylation site. PA N-{P}-[ST]-{P}. Notice also in the PROSITE record the number of false positives and false negatives 7. PROSITE Pattern (2) 8. Profiles If regular expressions fail to define the motif properly we need a profile. Profiles are specific representations that incorporate the entire information of a multiple sequence alignment. A profile is a position-specific scoring scheme and holds for each position in the sequence 20 scores for the 20 residue types, and sometimes also two values for gap open and gap elongation. Profiles provide a sensitive means of detecting distant sequence relationships 9. Hydropathy plots Hydropathy plots are designed to display the distribution of polar and apolar residues along a protein sequence. A positive value indicates local hydrophobicity and a negative value suggests a water-exposed region on the face of a protein. (Kyte-Doolittle scale) Hydropathy plots are generally most useful in predicting transmembrane segments, and N-terminal secretion signal sequences. 10. Hydropathy scales 11. Sliding Window Approach Sum amino acid property (e.g. hydrophobicity values) in a given window Plot the value in the middle of the window I L I K E I R 4.50+3.80+4.50-3.90-3.50+4.50-4.50 = 5.40 => 5.4/7=0.77 Move to the next position in the sequence L I K E I R Q +3.80+4.50-3.90-3.50+4.50-4.50 3.50 = => -2.6/7=-0.37 J. Leunissen 12. The window size can be changed. A small window produces "noisier" plots that more accurately reflect highly local hydrophobicity. A window of about 19 is generally optimal for recognizing the long hydrophobic stretches that typify transmembrane stretches. Hydropathy plot for rhodopsin 13. Transmembrane Helices Transmembrane proteins are integral membrane proteins that interact extensively with the membrane lipids. Nearly all known integral membrane proteins span the lipid bilayer Hydropathy analysis can be used to locate possible transmembrane segments The main signal is a stretch of hydrophobic and helix-loving amino acids 14. Transmembrane Helices (2) In a -helix the rotation is 100 degrees per amino acid The rise per amino acid is 1,5 To span a membrane of 30 approx. 30/1,5 = 20 amino acids are needed 15. Transmembrane Helix Prediction Servers 1. KDD 2. Tmpred (database Tmbase) 3. DAS 4. TopPred II 5. TMHMM 2.0 6. MEMSAT 2 7. SOSUI 8. HMMTOP 2.0 16. Antigenic Prediction General Remarks Antibodies are a powerful tool for life science research They find multiple application in a variety of areas including biotechnology, medicine and diagnosis. Antibodies can recognize either linear or 3D epitopes There are rules to predict what peptide fragments from a protein are likely to be antigenic 17. Antigenic Prediction 1. Antigenic peptides should be located in solvent accessible regions and contain both hydrophobic and hydrophilic residues Determine solvent accessibility in case 3D coordinates are available. If you have only a sequence, predict the accessibilities. 2. The peptide should also adopt a conformation that mimics its shape when contained within the protein. Preferably select peptides lying in long loops connecting secondary structure motifs. Neither the peptide stand-alone, nor the peptide in the full protein should be helical. 18. Rules of thumb in antigenic prediction N- and C- terminal peptides sometimes work better than peptides elsewhere in the protein. Avoid peptides with internal sequence repeats or near repeats. Avoid sequences that look funny (i.e. avoid low complexity sequences). Try to avoid prolines and cysteines. Last, but not least, use antigenicity prediction programs. 19. Signal Peptides Proteins have intrinsic signals that govern their transport and localization in the cell (nucleus, ER, mitochondria, chloroplasts) Specific amino acid sequences determine whether a protein will pass through a membrane into a particular organelle, become integrated into the membrane, or be exported out of the cell. 20. Signal Peptides (2) The common structure of signal peptides from various proteins is described as: a positively charged (N-terminal) n-region followed by a hydrophobic h-region (which can adopt an -helical conformation in an hydrophobic environment) and a neutral but polar c-region (cleavage region; the signal sequence is cleaved off here after delivering the protein at the right site). The (-3, -1) rule states that the residues at positions 3 and 1 (relative to the cleavage site) must be small and neutral for cleavage to occur correctly. 21. Signal Peptides (3) Prokaryotes Eukaryotes Gram-negative Gram-positive Total length (average) 22.6 aa 25.1 aa 32.0 aa n-regions only slightly Arg-rich Lys+Arg-rich h-regions short, very hydrophobic slightly longer, less hydrophobic very long, less hydrophobic c-regions short, no pattern short, Ser+Ala-rich longer, Pro+Thr-rich -3,-1 positions small and neutral residues almost exclusively Ala +1 to +5 region no pattern rich in Ala, Asp/Glu, and Ser/Thr Marlinda.Hupkes 2004 22. Prediction of Signal Peptides Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes: SignalP 3.0 SPScan SigCleave PSORT Eukaryotes: SIGFIND TargetP Specific localization signals: PredictNLS - Nuclear Localization Signals ChloroP Chloroplast transit peptides NetNes Nuclear Export Signals 23. Repeats in proteins Although they are usually found in non-coding genomic regions, repeating sequences are also found within genes. Ranging from repeats of a single amino acid, through three residue short tandem repeats (e.g. in collagen), to the repetition of homologous domains of 100 or more residues. Duplicated sequence segments occur in 14 % of all proteins, but eukaryotic proteins are three times more likely to have internal repeats than prokaryotic proteins 24. Repeats, example 1 Ewan Birney 25. Repeats, example 2 26. Prediction of Repeats Repsim (a database of simple repeats) Rep (Searches a protein sequence for repeats) RADAR (Rapid Automatic Detection and Alignment of Repeats in protein sequences.) REPRO (De novo repeat detection in protein sequences) Other? 27. Coiled-Coils The coiled-coil is a ubiquitous protein motif that is often used to control oligomerisation. It is found in many types of proteins, including transcription factors, viral fusion peptides, and certain tRNA synthetases. Most coiled-coil sequences contain heptad repeats - seven residue patterns denoted abcdefg in which the a and d residues (core positions) are generally hydrophobic. A number of programs are available to predict coiled-coil regions in a protein: COILS, PAIRCOILS, MULTICOILS.