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he absence of the disulphide bond holding the C-terminal chain more closely to the 4. PHI-BLAST Search of A2-like Sequences In the PHI-BLAST 2.2.25+ search, the top hit for AgRP2 is -C-x-C, despite being an A1 sequence). The second best hit is a venom peptide from Mojave Desert spider, ��Plt-VI”. The cysteine knot of Plt-VI is thus identical to AgRP2 -C-x-C-C-x-Cx-C-x-C-x-C-x-C-x-C). Some spider toxin sequences are also similar, in terms of cysteine knot structure, to PubMed ID:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22205151 Atlantic cod ASIP2. Spider toxin cysteine knots invariably start with C-x-C. The next inter-cysteine GLPG0634 site segment varies in length from 57 amino acids. In the desert grass spider, this inter-cysteine segment is replaced by x-C-x, giving a total length of 8, but that is an exception. Furthermore, all spiders have the CC pair, followed by an inter-cysteine segment of length x. Only P. tristis has this segment punctuated by a single cysteine, making it much more AgRP2-like. The Eurasian yellow sac spider, has 8 residues in this span, making it a highly exceptional structure. After this, only some spiders contain the paired C-x-C-x-C-x-C feature, others only have C-x-C, which is the case in the Chinese bird spiders, and also in tarantulas and in the King baboon spider. Finally, no spider, except P. tristis, contains the additional cysteine after the ��paired��feature. The cysteine knot of torafugu ASIP2, C-x-C-x-C-C-x-C-x-Cx-C-x-C-x, is remarkable similar to a sequence from wolf spider, where the cysteine knot has the structure: C-x-C-x-C-C-x-C-x-C-x-C-x-C-x. The venom peptide Plt-VI displays many Agouti-like features: in terms of the length, positioning in the sequence, and other sequence similarity with AGRP1 -Q in the first inter-cysteine segment, G-x-L-P in the second segment, as well as one or two cysteines in the beginning of the sequence, before the actual inhibitor knot). Identification of Distant Agouti-Like Sequences 4 Identification of Distant Agouti-Like Sequences knot structure. Plt-VI, despite being a spider venom peptide, has 10 cysteines, including the disulphide connector between the beta sheets, and the disulphide connector holding the C-terminal chain close to the knot. Because AgRP2 and ASIP2 have a shortening of the first loop by one residue -C-x-C, instead of C-x-C-x-C), we wanted to know if this would affect the positioning of the beta sheets or the active site. We considered the possibility that the shorter first loop in AgRP2 could result in a re-positioning of the active site or the beta sheets. Because the C-x-C-x-C structure is one residue longer, we postulated that the peptide sequence might buckle out more than the C-x-C-x-C variant. In the structure model of Plt-VI, we noted a shortening of the beta sheets in the active site loop, possible a result from strain in the loop pulling the sheets apart. On the other hand, in ASIP2, we noted the possibility of a third beta sheet in the affected first loop, showing hydrogen bonding potential between the beta sheets in the active site loop and the first loop. a filter is used to divide any clusters that contain a gap larger than 5,000,000 basepairs. The remaining 22 medaka chromosomes that are not listed contain fewer than two orthologues with the area of interest in the human genome, and are hence not listed. The interpretation of this result is that the synteny relationship between the recently proposed, ancestral A2 area in the human genome and medaka chromosomes 17 and 20, differs both in the amount of ortho

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