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DichroMatch: a website for similarity searching of circular dichroism spectra

Klose, D.P. and Wallace, Bonnie A. and Janes, R.W. (2012) DichroMatch: a website for similarity searching of circular dichroism spectra. Nucleic Acids Research 40 (W1), W547-W552. ISSN 0305-1048.

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Circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy is a widely used method for examining the structure, folding and conformational changes of proteins. A new online CD analysis server (DichroMatch) has been developed for identifying proteins with similar spectral characteristics by detecting possible structurally and functionally related proteins and homologues. DichroMatch includes six different methods for determining the spectral nearest neighbours to a query protein spectrum and provides metrics of how similar these spectra are and, if corresponding crystal structures are available for the closest matched proteins, information on their secondary structures and fold classifications. By default, DichroMatch uses all the entries in the Protein Circular Dichroism Data Bank (PCDDB) for its comparison set, providing the broadest range of publicly available protein spectra to match with the unknown protein. Alternatively, users can download or create their own specialized data sets, thereby enabling comparisons between the structures of related proteins such as wild-type versus mutants or homologues or a series of spectra of the same protein under different conditions. The DichroMatch server is freely available at

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School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Biological Sciences
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Date Deposited: 29 May 2012 13:15
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