Journal article

Shape complementarity at protein/protein interfaces.

MC Lawrence, PM Colman

Journal of Molecular Biology | Published : 1993


A new statistic Sc, which has a number of advantages over other measures of packing, is used to examine the shape complementarity of protein/protein interfaces selected from the Brookhaven Protein Data Bank. It is shown using Sc that antibody/antigen interfaces as a whole exhibit poorer shape complementarity than is observed in other systems involving protein/protein interactions. This result can be understood in terms of the fundamentally different evolutionary history of particular antibody/antigen associations compared to other systems considered, and in terms of the differing chemical natures of the interfaces.