Computational topology for structural molecular biology

H. Edelsbrunner, P. Koehl, in:, C. Toth, J. O’Rourke, J. Goodman (Eds.), Handbook of Discrete and Computational Geometry, Third Edition, CRC Press, 2017, pp. 1709–1735.

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The advent of high-throughput technologies and the concurrent advances in information sciences have led to a data revolution in biology. This revolution is most significant in molecular biology, with an increase in the number and scale of the “omics” projects over the last decade. Genomics projects, for example, have produced impressive advances in our knowledge of the information concealed into genomes, from the many genes that encode for the proteins that are responsible for most if not all cellular functions, to the noncoding regions that are now known to provide regulatory functions. Proteomics initiatives help to decipher the role of post-translation modifications on the protein structures and provide maps of protein-protein interactions, while functional genomics is the field that attempts to make use of the data produced by these projects to understand protein functions. The biggest challenge today is to assimilate the wealth of information provided by these initiatives into a conceptual framework that will help us decipher life. For example, the current views of the relationship between protein structure and function remain fragmented. We know of their sequences, more and more about their structures, we have information on their biological activities, but we have difficulties connecting this dotted line into an informed whole. We lack the experimental and computational tools for directly studying protein structure, function, and dynamics at the molecular and supra-molecular levels. In this chapter, we review some of the current developments in building the computational tools that are needed, focusing on the role that geometry and topology play in these efforts. One of our goals is to raise the general awareness about the importance of geometric methods in elucidating the mysterious foundations of our very existence. Another goal is the broadening of what we consider a geometric algorithm. There is plenty of valuable no-man’s-land between combinatorial and numerical algorithms, and it seems opportune to explore this land with a computational-geometric frame of mind.
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2017-11-09
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Handbook of Discrete and Computational Geometry, Third Edition
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Edelsbrunner H, Koehl P. Computational topology for structural molecular biology. In: Toth C, O’Rourke J, Goodman J, eds. Handbook of Discrete and Computational Geometry, Third Edition. Handbook of Discrete and Computational Geometry. CRC Press; 2017:1709-1735. doi:10.1201/9781315119601
Edelsbrunner, H., & Koehl, P. (2017). Computational topology for structural molecular biology. In C. Toth, J. O’Rourke, & J. Goodman (Eds.), Handbook of Discrete and Computational Geometry, Third Edition (pp. 1709–1735). CRC Press. https://doi.org/10.1201/9781315119601
Edelsbrunner, Herbert, and Patrice Koehl. “Computational Topology for Structural Molecular Biology.” In Handbook of Discrete and Computational Geometry, Third Edition, edited by Csaba Toth, Joseph O’Rourke, and Jacob Goodman, 1709–35. Handbook of Discrete and Computational Geometry. CRC Press, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1201/9781315119601.
H. Edelsbrunner and P. Koehl, “Computational topology for structural molecular biology,” in Handbook of Discrete and Computational Geometry, Third Edition, C. Toth, J. O’Rourke, and J. Goodman, Eds. CRC Press, 2017, pp. 1709–1735.
Edelsbrunner H, Koehl P. 2017. Computational topology for structural molecular biology. Handbook of Discrete and Computational Geometry, Third Edition. Handbook of Discrete and Computational Geometry 1709–1735.
Edelsbrunner, Herbert, and Patrice Koehl. “Computational Topology for Structural Molecular Biology.” Handbook of Discrete and Computational Geometry, Third Edition, edited by Csaba Toth et al., CRC Press, 2017, pp. 1709–35, doi:10.1201/9781315119601.

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