Computational Analysis and Conformational Modeling for Protein Structure and Interaction

A special issue of Biomolecules (ISSN 2218-273X). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomacromolecules: Proteins".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 246

Special Issue Editors


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1. UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, Belfield, D04 V1W8 Dublin, Ireland
2. School of Medicine, University College of Dublin, Belfield, D04 V1W8 Dublin, Ireland
3. Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Health Sciences, Westville Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban 4001, South Africa
Interests: peptides; bioactive peptides; computer-aided drug design, structural bioinformatics and molecular modelling

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School of Medicine, University College Dublin and Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, University College Dublin, D04 V1W8 Dublin, Ireland
Interests: structural bioinformatics; computational proteomics; molecular dynamics simulations; proteins and bioactive peptides

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Protein structure and interaction are fundamental aspects of molecular biology and biochemistry, playing crucial roles in various biological processes, notably, signal transduction, molecular recognition, and enzymatic reactions. Understanding protein structure and interaction is essential for elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying biological processes, designing new therapeutic agents, and engineering proteins with desired functions. Experimental techniques such as X-ray crystallography, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, and cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), and most recently, deep learning-based methods such as AlphaFold2, ESMFold, and RosettaFold, are commonly used to study protein structure and characterization. However, these techniques are notably limited by their inability to elucidate the atomistic-level conformational dynamics associated with protein interaction. To address this limitation, computational analysis and conformational modeling present powerful tools for analyzing protein structures, predicting their conformational dynamics, and elucidating their interactions. Augmenting experimental methods, computational analysis, and conformational modeling techniques unravel crucial structural insights that further our understanding of protein structure and interactions.

This Special Issue highlights and disseminates cutting-edge research in computational analysis and conformational modeling of protein structure and interaction. Thematic areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Strengths and limitations of current computational analysis and conformational modeling techniques for investigating protein structure and interaction.
  2. Molecular dynamics simulations and computational modeling to explore protein dynamics and conformational changes.
  3. Molecular docking and molecular modeling techniques for studying protein–protein, protein–peptide, and protein–small molecule interactions.
  4. Applications of computational methods in drug discovery and design targeting protein–protein interactions.
  5. Integration of experimental and computational approaches to validate protein structures and interactions and to also provide a comprehensive understanding of protein dynamics and function.
  6. Artificial intelligence and machine learning-based approaches for predicting protein structure, functions, interactions, and conformational analysis.

We cordially invite investigators to contribute high-quality original research and review articles that cover any relevant topics that advance our understanding of protein structure and interaction through computational analysis and modeling. By bringing together diverse perspectives and methodologies, this Special Issue aims to drive innovation in the field and facilitate the development of new therapeutic strategies targeting protein function and interaction.

Dr. Clement Agoni
Dr. Indrani Bera
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • protein structure prediction
  • drug discovery targeting proteins
  • structural bioinformatics
  • molecular dynamics simulations
  • protein–protein interactions
  • protein–ligand binding
  • conformational dynamics
  • molecular docking studies

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