Bonnie Berger


Predicting Coiled Coils by Use of Pairwise Residue Correlations

Bonnie Berger, David B. Wilson, Ethan Wolf, Theodore Tonchev, Maria Milla, and Peter S. Kim


A method is presented that predicts coiledcoil domains in protein sequences by using pairwise residue correlations obtained from a (two-stranded) coiled-coil database of 58,217 amino acid residues. A program called PAIRCOIL implements this method and is significantly better than existing methods at distinguishing coiled coils from -helices that are not coiled coils. The database of pairwise residue correlations suggests structural features that stabilize or destabilize coiled coils.