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March 8th, 2016

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PBE server 2.0 aims to provide a platform for protein structure analysis and comparison using well defined library of short structural motifs (SSMs) known as structural alphabets (SA). It uses a set of 16 SSMs called Protein Blocks (PBs) and a PB substitution matrix derived from large set of structurally aligned homologous proteins present in PALI database.

PBE international development team is composed of : Swapnil Mahajan, Manoj Tyagi, Priyanka Sharma, Murielle Grondin, Matthieu Drula, Aurore Vaïtinadapoullé, Etienne Frumence, Frédéric Cadet, N. Srinivasan, Alexandre G. de Brevern and Bernard Offmann and is developed jointly with PEACCEL Inc.



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