Practically useful: what the Rosetta protein modeling suite can do for you

Biochemistry. 2010 Apr 13;49(14):2987-98. doi: 10.1021/bi902153g.


The objective of this review is to enable researchers to use the software package Rosetta for biochemical and biomedicinal studies. We provide a brief review of the six most frequent research problems tackled with Rosetta. For each of these six tasks, we provide a tutorial that illustrates a basic Rosetta protocol. The Rosetta method was originally developed for de novo protein structure prediction and is regularly one of the best performers in the community-wide biennial Critical Assessment of Structure Prediction. Predictions for protein domains with fewer than 125 amino acids regularly have a backbone root-mean-square deviation of better than 5.0 A. More impressively, there are several cases in which Rosetta has been used to predict structures with atomic level accuracy better than 2.5 A. In addition to de novo structure prediction, Rosetta also has methods for molecular docking, homology modeling, determining protein structures from sparse experimental NMR or EPR data, and protein design. Rosetta has been used to accurately design a novel protein structure, predict the structure of protein-protein complexes, design altered specificity protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions, and stabilize proteins and protein complexes. Most recently, Rosetta has been used to solve the X-ray crystallographic phase problem.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research
  • Computer Simulation*
  • Crystallography, X-Ray
  • DNA / chemistry
  • Knowledge Bases
  • Models, Molecular*
  • Multiprotein Complexes
  • Protein Conformation
  • Proteins / chemistry*
  • Software*


  • Multiprotein Complexes
  • Proteins
  • DNA