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Robust Quantitative Modeling of Peptide Binding Affinities for MHC Molecules Using Physical-Chemical Descriptors

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Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules bind short peptides resulting from intracellular processing of foreign and self proteins, and present them on the cell surface for recognition by T-cell receptors. We propose a new robust approach to quantitatively model the binding affinities of MHC molecules by quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR) that use the physical-chemical amino acid descriptors E1-E5. These QSAR models are robust, sequencebased, and can be used as a fast and reliable filter to predict the MHC binding affinity for large protein databases.

Keywords: Major histocompatibility complex; amino acid descriptors; peptide binding affinity; quantitative structure-activity relationships

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2007-09-01

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  • Protein & Peptide Letters publishes short papers in all important aspects of protein and peptide research, including structural studies, recombinant expression, function, synthesis, enzymology, immunology, molecular modeling, drug design etc. Manuscripts must have a significant element of novelty, timeliness and urgency that merit rapid publication. Reports of crystallisation, and preliminary structure determinations of biologically important proteins are acceptable. Purely theoretical papers are also acceptable provided they provide new insight into the principles of protein/peptide structure and function.
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