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BMC Bioinformatics

, 6:77

First Online: 25 March 2005Received: 03 November 2004Accepted: 25 March 2005


BackgroundProtein domains have long been an ill-defined concept in biology. They are generally described as autonomous folding units with evolutionary and functional independence. Both structure-based and sequence-based domain definitions have been widely used. But whether these types of models alone can capture all essential features of domains is still an open question.

MethodsHere we provide insight on domain definitions through comparative mapping of two domain classification databases, one sequence-based Pfam and the other structure-based SCOP. A mapping score is defined to indicate the significance of the mapping, and the properties of the mapping matrices are studied.

ResultsThe mapping results show a general agreement between the two databases, as well as many interesting areas of disagreement. In the cases of disagreement, the functional and evolutionary characteristics of the domains are examined to determine which domain definition is biologically more informative.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1471-2105-6-77 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: Ya Zhang - John-Marc Chandonia - Chris Ding - Stephen R Holbrook


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