Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2019-04-30; 116.18: 8960-8965.

Functional characterization of 3D protein structures informed by human genetic diversity

Hicks M, Bartha I, di Iulio J, Venter JC, Telenti A

PMID: 30988206


Sequence variation data of the human proteome can be used to analyze 3D protein structures to derive functional insights. We used genetic variant data from nearly 140,000 individuals to analyze 3D positional conservation in 4,715 proteins and 3,951 homology models using 860,292 missense and 465,886 synonymous variants. Sixty percent of protein structures harbor at least one intolerant 3D site as defined by significant depletion of observed over expected missense variation. Structural intolerance data correlated with deep mutational scanning functional readouts for PPARG, MAPK1/ERK2, UBE2I, SUMO1, PTEN, CALM1, CALM2, and TPK1 and with shallow mutagenesis data for 1,026 proteins. The 3D structural intolerance analysis revealed different features for ligand binding pockets and orthosteric and allosteric sites. Large-scale data on human genetic variation support a definition of functional 3D sites proteome-wide.