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Critical Assessment of Techniques for Protein Structure Prediction

CASP Model Refinement Experiment
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Sponsored by:
the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH/NIGMS), US National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM)


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Description of the experiment

Over the course of the CASP experiments, it has become clear that refinement of comparative models of protein structure is a major challenge. In spite of considerable effort, there has been little or no progress in a decade.

To increase discussion and hopefully progress as well, we are conducting a 'between-CASP's refinement experiment, using some of the models submitted in CASP6 as starting structures, and asking members for the CASP and molecular dynamics communities to test methods of refining these. The goal is to use any method you like to refine these approximate structures closer to experiment. These will not be blind predictions. We hope that any apparently successful methods will be also be used in CASP7, allowing rigorous evaluation. The idea here is to allow testing and development of methods outside of the hectic atmosphere of CASP proper, and in particular, to encourage discussion of the issues and new ideas.

Four CASP6 models were originally selected as refinement targets for this experiment. Additional 3 targets were added to the experiment on March 1 (details - in the Targets column of the table above).

The experiment is organized as follows. Using this web site you may

We encourage discussion on FORCASP of all aspects of this experiment - potential new methods, criticism of existing methods and suggestions for improving the experiment.

Results of the evaluations will be made available to the participants. In case of enough interest in the prediction community to this experiment, we plan to succeed it by a blind-regime refinement experiment within the scope of the regular CASP later this year.

Let us know if you have any questions. We would like to involve as many of the community as possible. So, please let your colleagues working in the relevant area know about the experiment.


Please address any questions or queries to casp@predictioncenter.org

CASP organizers 1/31/2006
Last updated 3/1/2006

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