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I-TASSER: Uses & Applications

Dr. Muniba Faiza

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I-TASSER: Uses & Applications

I-TASSER [1] is another most widely used bioinformatics software. It is used for protein three-dimensional structure modeling. In this article, we are going to discuss its uses and applications in bioinformatics.

Protein structure modeling is one of the important aspects in bioinformatics. Basically, there are three methods to model a 3D structure of a protein: homology modeling, threading, and ab initio. Proper usage of these methods is discussed in this article.

  • I-TASSER is based on ab initio method that means from scratch.
  • It builds a model from the beginning that is used in a situation where there is no much identity is available to any other resolved structures.
  • In other words, there is no template available to build or predict a protein structure.
  • I-TASSER can be used online and offline. A dedicated webserver of I-TASSER allows users to submit FASTA sequence of a protein and wait until the job is finished.
  • Stand-alone tool of I-TASSER [2] allows the same. Users can modify some other parameters. It will require a server too or high configuration of a system, otherwise the job will take a lot of time to finish.
  • It also provides the quality of predicted structures so that it becomes easier to select one structure amongst the others.
  • The I-TASSER standalone suite consists of other programs that allow to perform refinement and structure-based function annotations.
  • I-TASSER suite is freely available for academic and non-profit use.

References

  1. Yang, J., & Zhang, Y. (2015). I-TASSER server: new development for protein structure and function predictions. Nucleic acids research43(W1), W174-W181.
  2. Yang, J., Yan, R., Roy, A., Xu, D., Poisson, J., & Zhang, Y. (2015). The I-TASSER Suite: protein structure and function prediction. Nature methods12(1), 7-8.

Dr. Muniba is a Bioinformatician based in New Delhi, India. She has completed her PhD in Bioinformatics from South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China. She has cutting edge knowledge of bioinformatics tools, algorithms, and drug designing. When she is not reading she is found enjoying with the family. Know more about Muniba

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    Wongi Yoo

    October 17, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Thanks for good introduction about I-TASSER. In my opinion, I-TASSER stands for “Iterative Threading ASSEmbly Refinement” and thus it is too closer to threading-based builder as we can see the full name and its modelling methods.

    I-TASSER is one of the most favorite protein structure builders. The group is providing other kinds of builder and QC predictor, such as SHARK, LOMETS and GPCR-I-TASSER for builder, ResQ and TM-align for RMSD calculator.

  2. Dr. Muniba Faiza

    Dr. Muniba Faiza

    October 21, 2021 at 4:47 am

    Yes, you are right, it stands for threading. I-TASSER builds a model ab into using threading.

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