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Robotics-inspired methods to enhance protein design

Denarie, Laurent. Robotics-inspired methods to enhance protein design. PhD, Intelligence Artificielle, Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, 2017

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Abstract

The ability to design proteins with specific properties would yield great progress in pharmacology and bio-technologies. Methods to design proteins have been developed since a few decades and some relevant achievements have been made including de novo protein design. Yet, current approaches suffer some serious limitations. By not taking protein’s backbone motions into account, they fail at capturing some of the properties of the candidate design and cannot guarantee that the solution will in fact be stable for the goal conformation. Besides, although multi-states design methods have been proposed, they do not guarantee that a feasible trajectory between those states exists, which means that design problem involving state transitions are out of reach of the current methods. This thesis investigates how robotics-inspired algorithms can be used to efficiently explore the conformational landscape of a protein aiming to enhance protein design methods by introducing additional backbone flexibility. This work also provides first milestones towards protein motion design.

Item Type:PhD Thesis
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
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Siméon, Thierry and Cortés, Juan
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Deposited On:08 Nov 2017 14:26

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