21 Jun 2012
Paper published in the journal Genome Biology and Evolution using Human Proteome Folding project results
Category: Human Proteome Folding
Tags: Project Update , Research Papers
Researchers have published a paper in the journal Genome Biology and Evolution, which documents their findings studying a number of plant genomes, their proteomes, evolution and protein structure.
“The Plant Proteome Folding Project: Structure and Positive Selection in Plant Protein Families”
Lay Person Abstract:
Melissa Pentony et al. have presented work considering components of proteins exhibiting faster-than-average evolution in the proteomes of five major plant species, including rice (Oryza sativa) and Arabidopsis thaliana (an important model organism for plant study). They describe new information on the relationship between evolution and protein structure in plants.
The World Community Grid has contributed to this study by providing a much more structurally complete view of unknown and understudied proteins from five plant families than was previously available. The results from the Human Proteome Folding project produced 29,202 protein structures contributing to this project, of which 4,764 were very high-confidence. This should eventually assist agricultural scientists to better understand important plant and food crops, how to breed them for disease resistance, better nutrition and to better handle environmental stress.
At the News web page, there is a technical abstract for anyone interested, and a link to the paper.
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