The electrostatic potential plays a key role in many biological processes like determining the affinity of a ligand to a given protein target, and they are responsible for the catalytic activity of many enzymes. Understanding the effect that amino acid mutations will have on the electrostatic potential of a protein, will allow a thorough understanding of which residues are the most important in a protein. MutantElec, is a friendly web application for in silico generation of site-directed mutagenesis of proteins and the comparison of electrostatic potential between the wild type protein and the mutant(s), based on the three-dimensional structure of the protein. The effect of the mutation is evaluated using different approach to the traditional surface map. MutantElec provides a graphical display of the results that allows the visualization of changes occurring at close distance from the mutation and thus uncovers the local and global impact of a specific change. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Keywords: Electrostatic potential; PDB; bioinformatics; p53; protein engineering; rational protein design; site-directed mutagenesis.
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