Ms. Jenea Adams, a visiting undergraduate student from the University of Dayton worked with Ivet Bahar and her team this summer using ProDy to investigate the characteristics of binding and allosteric sites in proteins.  In her 10-week project, Jenea used Anisotropic Network Modeling (ANM), perturbation response scanning, and statistical and conformational analyses on 768 protein complexes from the PDB to look for correlations of residue identities as sensors or effectors with their locations within the three dimensional protein structures.  She found that sensor residues have a higher propensity to reside at protein-protein interfaces than their effector counterparts.  Her results have implications for additional insights into more effective drug design and the mechanisms of allostery.  Jenea’s work was selected for presentations at two conferences – the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Symposium in Arlington, VA (https://www.cur.org/what/events/students/reu/) and the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS;  http://www.abrcms.org/). 

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