From: "Andras Fiser" <>
Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2002 10:45:55 -0800
If one decides to use models as templates for modeling, must ensure that
a good quality model has been built on the first place. This is often
not a trivial task.
however a good quality model is usually implies a reasonably closely
related experimental structure as a template. Consequently this
experimental structure is probably a better starting point than the
model itself for future modeling studies.
So, in general I would not consider models as templates, because either
they have a highly similar experimental structure or they do not, but in
that latter case their quality is highly questionable.
please address your future questions to our discussion forum, many other
people could share their experience:
Andrej Sali wrote:
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> Subject: Query
> Dear Prof. Sali,
> I am a student at the University of Mississippi and an
> active Modeller user. I had a small doubt about comparative protein
> structure modeling and I thought you might be the perfect person to ask
> a small doubt that I have.
> Can theoretical models published in PDB be used as one of
> the homologs among other crystal structures to build a
> homology model?
> If yes, are you aware of any articles where they have
> actually used theoretical models as homologs along with
> known crystal structures?
> Thank you in advance for your willingness to help.
> Yogesh Sabnis
> Graduate Research Assistant Tel:(662)915-1286
> Dept. of Medicinal Chemistry Fax:(662)915-5638
> University of Mississippi
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