Functional anthology of intrinsic disorder. 2. cellular components, domains, technical terms, developmental processes, and coding sequence diversities correlated with long disordered regions

Slobodan Vucetic, Hongbo Xie, Lilia M. Iakoucheva, Christopher J. Oldfield, A. Keith Dunker, Zoran Obradovic, Vladimir N. Uversky

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Biologically active proteins without stable ordered structure (i.e., intrinsically disordered proteins) are attracting increased attention. Functional repertoires of ordered and disordered proteins are very different, and the ability to differentiate whether a given function is associated with intrinsic disorder or with a well-folded protein is crucial for modern protein science. However, there is a large gap between the number of proteins experimentally confirmed to be disordered and their actual number in nature. As a result, studies of functional properties of confirmed disordered proteins, while helpful in revealing the functional diversity of protein disorder, provide only a limited view. To overcome this problem, a bioinformatics approach for comprehensive study of functional roles of protein disorder was proposed in the first paper of this series (Xie, H.; Vucetic, S.; Iakoucheva, L. M.; Oldfield, C. J.; Dunker, A. K.; Obradovic, Z.; Uversky, V. N. Functional anthology of intrinsic disorder. 1. Biological processes and functions of proteins with long disordered regions. J. Proteome Res. 2007, 5, 1882-1898). Applying this novel approach to Swiss-Prot sequences and functional keywords, we found over 238 and 302 keywords to be strongly positively or negatively correlated, respectively, with long intrinsically disordered regions. This paper describes ≃90 Swiss-Prot keywords attributed to the cellular components, domains, technical terms, developmental processes, and coding sequence diversities possessing strong positive and negative correlation with long disordered regions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1899-1916
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Proteome Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2007



  • Bioinformatics
  • Disorder prediction
  • Intrinsic disorder
  • Intrinsically disordered proteins
  • Protein function
  • Protein structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry

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