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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Tutor Jiří Vondrášek, Ph.D.

Jiří Vondrášek - Bioinformatics

Topic Coevolution of Protein Domains
Faculty VŠCHT, PřF UK

Domains are distinct units within proteins that typically can fold independently into recognizable three-dimensional structures to facilitate their functions. The structural and functional independence of protein domains is reflected by their apparent modularity in the context of multi-domain proteins. In this project, we aim to examine the coupling of evolution of domain sequences co-occurring within multi-domain proteins to see if it proceeds independently, or in a coordinated manner. In our seminal work we used continuous information theory measures to assess the extent of correlated mutations among domains in multi-domain proteins from organisms across the tree of life. In all multi-domain architectures we examined, domains co-occurring within protein sequences had to some degree undergone concerted evolution. The next challenge is the notion of complete modularity and independence of protein domains, providing new perspective on the evolution of protein sequence and function and role of domains linker in this proces.