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Volume 24 Issue 11 - Publication Date: 1 November 2005
 
Probik: Protein Backbone Motion by Inverse Kinematics
 
K. Noonan, D. O’Brien, and J. Snoeyink University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA
 
To investigate the parameters of the protein design problem that we are exploring in collaboration with biochemists, we have developed a tool that uses inverse kinematics to support moving small fragments of protein backbone, while respecting biochemists’ desires to “remain in favorable regions of the Ramachandran plot” and “preserve ideal geometry”. By presenting estimates of derivatives in response to motion, we are able to refine these qualitative desires as we work with our collaborators. We then explore low-dimensional bases to parametrize the space of backbone motions.
 
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