Constructing structural networks of signaling pathways on the proteome scale

Guray Kuzu, Ozlem Keskin, Attila Gursoy, Ruth Nussinov*

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Proteins function through their interactions, and the availability of protein interaction networks could help in understanding cellular processes. However, the known structural data are limited and the classical network node-and-edge representation, where proteins are nodes and interactions are edges, shows only which proteins interact; not how they interact. Structural networks provide this information. Protein-protein interface structures can also indicate which binding partners can interact simultaneously and which are competitive, and can help forecasting potentially harmful drug side effects. Here, we use a powerful protein-protein interactions prediction tool which is able to carry out accurate predictions on the proteome scale to construct the structural network of the extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK) in the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathway. This knowledge-based method, PRISM, is motif-based, and is combined with flexible refinement and energy scoring. PRISM predicts protein interactions based on structural and evolutionary similarity to known protein interfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-377
Number of pages11
JournalCurrent Opinion in Structural Biology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2012


FundersFunder number
National Institutes of HealthHHSN261200800001E
National Cancer InstituteZIABC010441
Türkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Araştirma Kurumu109E207, 109T343
Türkiye Bilimler Akademisi


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