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PROTDES: CHARMM toolbox for computational protein design.


We present an open-source software able to automatically mutate any residue positions and find the best aminoacids in an arbitrary protein structure without requiring pairwise approximations. Our software, PROTDES, is based on CHARMM and it searches automatically for mutations optimizing a protein folding free energy. PROTDES allows the integration of molecular dynamics within the protein design. We have implemented an heuristic optimization algorithm that iteratively searches the best aminoacids and their conformations for an arbitrary set of positions within a structure. Our software allows CHARMM users to perform protein design calculations and to create their own procedures for protein design using their own energy functions. We show this by implementing three different energy functions based on different solvent treatments: surface area accessibility, generalized Born using molecular volume and an effective energy function. PROTDES, a tutorial, parameter sets, configuration tools and examples are freely available at .

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hal-00770102 , version 1 (04-01-2013)



Maria Suarez, Pablo Tortosa, Alfonso Jaramillo. PROTDES: CHARMM toolbox for computational protein design.. Systems and Synthetic Biology, 2008, 2 (3-4), pp.105-13. ⟨10.1007/s11693-009-9026-7⟩. ⟨hal-00770102⟩
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