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Quantitative Comparison of Conformational Ensembles
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
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Received: 1 January 2012; in revised form: 27 January 2012 / Accepted: 3 February 2012 / Published: 10 February 2012
Abstract: A number of measures have been used in the structural biology literature to compare the shapes or conformations of biological macromolecules. However, the issue of how to compare two ensembles of conformations has received far less attention. Herein, the problem of how to quantitatively compare two such ensembles is addressed in several different ways using concepts from probability and information theory. Ultimately, such metrics could be used in the evaluation of structure-prediction algorithms and the analysis of how conformational mobility is inhibited by bound ligands.
Keywords: loop entropy; Kullback-Leibler divergence; Gaussian distributions; elastic networks
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Wolfe, K.C.; Chirikjian, G.S. Quantitative Comparison of Conformational Ensembles. Entropy 2012, 14, 213-232.
Wolfe KC, Chirikjian GS. Quantitative Comparison of Conformational Ensembles. Entropy. 2012; 14(2):213-232.
Wolfe, Kevin C.; Chirikjian, Gregory S. 2012. "Quantitative Comparison of Conformational Ensembles." Entropy 14, no. 2: 213-232.