Searching for amino acid sequence motifs among enzymes: The enzyme-reaction database

Mikita Suyama, Atsushi Ogiwara, Takaaki Nishioka, Jun'ichi Oda

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Recently we have constructed a database-the Enzyme-Reaction Database-which links a chemical structure to amino acid sequences of enzymes that recognize the chemical structure as their ligand. The total number of enzymes registered in the database is 1103 with 6668 NBRF-PIR entry codes and 1756 chemical compounds. The chemical structures and chemical names for 842 compounds are registered in the Chemical-Structure Database on the MACCS system. For each enzyme, the sequences were divided into clusters, and multiply aligned in each cluster to extract a conserved sequence. A total of 158 781 five-residue-long fragments were constructed from 433 conserved sequences and compared among different clusters of different enzymes. One of these motifs shared by different enzymes S-G-G-L-D. The motif was conserved in both argininosuccinate synthase (EC and asparagine synthase (glutamine-hydrolysing) (EC This result showed that the database was useful for the analysis of the relationship between chemical structures and amino acid sequence motifs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-15
Number of pages7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1993
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics


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