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Journal of Proteomics & Bioinformatics
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Research Article

Screening and Functional Prediction of Conserved Hypothetical Proteins from Escherichia coli

William F Porto1, Simone Maria-Neto1, Diego O Nolasco1,2 and Octavio L Franco1*

1Centre for Proteomic and Biochemical Analysis, Graduate Studies in Biotechnology and Genomic Sciences, Catholic University of Brasilia, Brasilia–DF, 70790-160, Brazil

2Course of Physics, Catholic University of Brasilia, Brasilia-DF, 70966-700, Brazil

*Corresponding Author:
Octavio L Franco
Centre for Proteomic and Biochemical Analysis
Graduate Studies in Biotechnology and Genomic Sciences
Catholic University of Brasilia, Brasilia – DF, 70790-160, Brazil
Tel: (61) 3448-7220
E-mail: [email protected]

Received May 22, 2014; Accepted July 03, 2014; Published July 08, 2014

Citation: Porto WF, Maria-Neto S, Nolasco DO, Franco OL (2014) Screening and Functional Prediction of Conserved Hypothetical Proteins from Escherichia coli. J Proteomics Bioinform 7: 203-213. doi: 10.4172/jpb.1000321

Copyright: © 2014 Porto WF, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited



Protein structures can provide some functional evidences. Therefore structural genomics efforts to identify the functions of hypothetical proteins have brought advances in our understanding of biological systems. To this end, a new strategy to mine protein databases in the search for candidates for function prediction was here described. The strategy was applied to Escherichia coli proteins deposited in the NCBI’s non-redundant database. Briefly, data mining selects small conserved hypothetical proteins without significant templates on Protein Data Bank, without transmembrane regions and with similarity to Eukaryote proteins. Through this strategy, 12 protein sequences were selected for molecular modelling, from a total of 13,306 E. coli's conserved hypothetical sequences. From these, only three sequences could be modelled. GI 488361128 model was similar to cupredoxins, GI 281178323 model was similar to β-barrel proteins and GI 227886634 model showed structural similarities to lipid binding proteins. However, only the GI 227886634 seems to have a function related to the similar structures, since it was the unique structure that kept the fold during the molecular dynamics simulation. The method here described can be relevant to select hypothetical sequences that can be targets for in vitro and/or in vivo functional characterization.


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