Victor Wong

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Summer Intern

Victor attends the University of Pennsylvania where he is enrolled in the Masters of Biotechnology Program. Victor interned in the Hoatlin lab during the summer of 2006 and 2007. He enjoys table tennis, go cart racing, miniature golf and other miniaturized sports.

Contents

Building a Protein Model

Aquaporin as visualized through RasMac v2.6
Aquaporin as visualized through RasMac v2.6

Searching for Sequence Homologs

  1. Acquire sequence for the protein that you want to model (target sequence)
  2. Go to NCBI BLAST
  3. Click on position-specific iterated and pattern-hit initiated BLAST (PSI- and PHI-BLAST)
  4. Enter your target sequence into the box labelled Search
  5. Change the database to "swissprot" in the Choose Database box
  6. Click on BLAST!
  7. Click on Format!
  8. Run PSI-BLAST iteration 3 or 4 times.
  9. Save sequences with high identity percentages
    • Save as either a FASTA file or copy and paste each sequence into MacVector

Note: If you already know which homologs you are using and have the accession codes, it is possible to find the sequences at PubMed.

Searching for a Template Sequence

  1. Go to NCBI BLAST
  2. Click on position-specific iterated and pattern-hit initiated BLAST (PSI- and PHI-BLAST)
  3. Enter your target sequence into the box labelled Search
  4. Change the database to "pdb" in the Choose Database box
  5. Click on BLAST!
  6. Click on Format!
  7. Click on the alignment with the highest score
  8. Save sequence as either a FASTA file or copy and paste into MacVector

Aligning Homolog Sequences

MacVector

  1. Open all sequences
  2. Open Analyze and then click on ClustalW alignment
  3. Save Alignment as a FASTA file


ClustalW

  1. Paste all of your sequences into one FASTA file
  2. Select an online alignment program (CLUSTALW or TCoffee) depending on the number of sequences you are using and the total length of the sequences
  3. Upload your alignment

Submitting Your Alignments

  1. Go to Swiss-Model
  2. Click on Alignment Interface
  3. Set Alignment Input Format as ClustalW
  4. Upload or paste your alignment
  5. Click on Submit Alignment
  6. Select the name of your target sequence in the Target Sequence box
  7. Select the name of your template sequence in the Template Sequence box
  8. Enter the PDB code of your template sequence in the PDB-Code box
  9. Click on Submit
  10. Provide your name and e-mail
  11. Submit your alignments
  12. Pray Swiss-Model doen't send you a modeling failure notice

Visualizing Your Protein

  1. Download your protein as a PDB
    • Both your model and its script should be attached to an e-mail sent by Swiss-Model
  2. Open the PDB file using a protein visualization program

Important Websites

In case of problem consult the above
In case of problem consult the above

Searching for Sequence Homologs

Creating an Alignment

Submitting an Alignment

Databases

Visualization Programs


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