, Volume 65, Issue 19, pp 2953-2956
Date: 15 Sep 2008

Protein assemblies with palindromic structure motifs

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Symmetric DNA sequence motifs allow the formation of palindromic protein/DNA complexes. Although symmetric protein sequence motifs are less common, recent structural discoveries have unraveled a few protein/protein complexes with palindromic symmetry. Remarkably, symmetric protein/protein complexes can be generated either by adjacent or remote sequence motifs, which may be repeated or inverted. This contribution reflects and comments on recent findings of palindromic protein/protein complexes.

Received 14 May 2008; received after revision 21 June 2008; accepted 14 July 2008