MALIDUP: A Database of Manually Constructed Structure Alignments for Duplicated Domain Pairs

Proteins. 2008 Mar;70(4):1162-6. doi: 10.1002/prot.21783.


We describe MALIDUP (manual alignments of duplicated domains), a database of 241 pairwise structure alignments for homologous domains originated by internal duplication within the same polypeptide chain. Since duplicated domains within a protein frequently diverge in function and thus in sequence, this would be the first database of structurally similar homologs that is not strongly biased by sequence or functional similarity. Our manual alignments in most cases agree with the automatic structural alignments generated by several commonly used programs. This carefully constructed database could be used in studies on protein evolution and as a reference for testing structure alignment programs. The database is available at

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Protein*
  • Internet
  • Protein Conformation
  • Sequence Alignment*
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid*