In silico identification of novel G protein coupled receptors

Matthew N. Davies, Darren R. Flower

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G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) are a superfamily of membrane integral proteins responsible for a large number of physiological functions. Approximately 50% of marketed drugs are targeted toward a GPCR. Despite showing a high degree of structural homology, there is a large variance in sequence within the GPCR superfamily which has lead to difficulties in identifying and classifying potential new GPCR proteins. Here the various computational techniques that can be used to characterize a novel GPCR protein are discussed, including both alignment-based and alignment-free approaches. In addition, the application of homology modeling to building the three-dimensional structures of GPCRs is described.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMembrane proteomics
Subtitle of host publicationmethods and protocols
EditorsMatthew J. Peirce, Robin Wait
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-60327-310-7
ISBN (Print)978-1-60327-309-1
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameMethods in molecular biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745
ISSN (Electronic)1940-6029


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