Revolutions in natural and exact sciences started at the dawn of last century have led to the explosion of theoretical, experimental, and computational approaches to determine structures of molecules, complexes, as well as their rich conformational dynamics. Since different experimental methods produce information that is attributed to specific time and length scales, corresponding computational methods have to be tailored to these scales and experiments. These methods can be then combined and integrated in scales, hence producing a fuller picture of molecular structure and motion from the “puzzle pieces” offered by various experiments. Here, we describe a number of computational approaches to utilize experimental data to glance into structure of proteins and understand their dynamics. We will also discuss the limitations and the resolution of the constraints-based modeling approaches. Significance: Experimentally-driven computational structure modeling and determination is a rapidly evolving alternative to traditional approaches for molecular structure determination. These new hybrid experimental-computational approaches are proving to be a powerful microscope to glance into the structural features of intrinsically or partially disordered proteins, dynamics of molecules and complexes. In this review, we describe various approaches in the field of experimentally-driven computational structure modeling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number103777
JournalJournal of Proteomics
StatePublished - May 30 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry


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