Is the GD Rose paper out?

Robert Russell russell at
Fri Jul 14 05:50:10 EST 1995


Without going into too much detail, and apologising for not having read
everybody's contribution to this discussion too carefully, I pass some comments
on what has been said.

Firstly, it strikes me that the secondary structure prediction as performed
by Srinivasan and Rose *is* really very good.  Whether this will stand up to
closer scrutiny remains to be seen.  If it does, then I think it says 
something about the prediction of secondary structure by way of predicting
supersecondary structure.  Their approach may well reflect the need to look
beyond the immediate environment of a secondary structure element (i.e. by
a careful consideration of the adjacent sequence), which everyone has 
admitted for such a long time.

Secondly, it would seem that they have slightly oversold this method.  It does
not seem to be to be a method for predicting whole tertiary structures.  Rather
appears to be a very promising method for the prediction of supersecondary
structure, or of small folding motifs.  It seems very impressive to me that 
such a simple method, using (seemingly) so little empirical data can predict
local chain conformation even sometimes.  They could do worse than to pursue
this possibility further.


Robert B. Russell Biomolecular Modelling, Imperial Cancer Research Fund
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