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Maiti, R.
Van Domselaar, G.H.
Zhang, H.
Wishart, D.S.
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web servers
protein structures
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The SuperPose web server rapidly and robustly calculates both pairwise and multiple protein structure superpositions using a modified quaternion eigenvalue approach. SuperPose generates sequence alignments, structure alignments,PDB(Protein Data Bank) coordinates andRMSDstatistics, as well as difference distanceplotsandimages (both staticandinteractive) of the superimposed molecules. SuperPose employs a simple interface that requires only PDB files or accession numbers as input. All other superposition decisions are made by the program. SuperPose is uniquely able to superimpose structures that differ substantially in sequence, size or shape. It is also capable of handling a much larger range of superposition queries and situations thanmanystandalone programs and yields results that are intuitively more in agreement with known biological or structural data. The SuperPose web server is freely accessible at

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R Maiti, GH Van Domselaar, H Zhang and DS Wishart. "SuperPose: A simple server for sophisticated structural superposition." Nucleic Acids Research (Web Server issue 32 (2004): W590-594. DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkh477
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