One of the most important goals in structural biology is the identification of functional relationships among the structure of proteins and peptides. The purpose of this study was to (1) generate a model based on theoretical and computational considerations among amino acid sequences within select neurotoxin peptides, and (2) compare the relationship these values have to the various toxins tested. We employed isolated neurotoxins from sea anemones with established specific potential to act on voltage-dependent sodium and potassium channel activity as our model. Values were assigned to each amino acid in the peptide sequence of the neurotoxins tested using the Number of Lareo and Acevedo algorithm (NULA). Once the NULA number was obtained, it was then plotted using three dimensional space coordinates. The results of this study allow us to report, for the first time, that there is a different numerical and functional relationship between the sequences of amino acids from sea anemone neurotoxins, and the resulting numerical relationship for each peptide, or NULA number, has a unique location in three-dimensional space.
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- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Immunology and Microbiology(all)
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)