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OS: Linux

License: Freeware, Registration

The program TRITON is a graphical tool for computational aided protein engineering.

It implements methodology of computational site-directed mutagenesis to design new protein mutants with required properties. It uses the external program MODELLER to model structures of new protein mutants based on the wild-type structure by homology modelling method. Subsequently, properties of these protein mutants are modelled.

For enzymes, chemical reactions are modelled using semi-empirical quantum mechanical program MOPAC. Qualitative prediction of mutant activities can be achieved by evaluating the changes in energies of the system and partial atomic charges of the active site residues during the reaction. Ligand-protein binding properties can be studied by docking methodology using the external program AutoDock. Ligand binding modes and afinities of individual protein mutants are obtained as a result. Binding properties can also be analysed by visualisation of affinity maps or by calculation of electrostatic potential interactions between ligand and individual residues of the binding site. The program TRITON offers graphical tools for preparation of the input files and for visualisation of output data. The program uses projects to organize computational data.