Peer Review History

Original SubmissionNovember 20, 2019
Decision Letter - Charlotte M Deane, Editor, Arne Elofsson, Editor

Dear Dr Duarte,

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Reviewer #1: Review comments attached as pdf. Predominantly, what is needed is the clarification of the method through the use of non-ambiguous language.

Reviewer #2: The authors present an approach for fast retrieval of similar structures from PDB, using 3D Zernike moments. The proposed approach is an improvement over existing tools and the speed of the method is a big advantage and shows better performance in authors benchmark. The implementation seems robust and is a useful tool for the community. I have a few minor points that will help with user interpretation of results.

1) How does the approach perform (and rank) in case of partial alignments where only part of the larger protein is matched?

2) What are the safe thresholds of the total score to find close and distantly related structures? How much does Zernike descriptors contribute to the total score in general? A discussion would help users.

3) The method can deal with EM volumes but the current implementation and tests doesn’t include these. It is useful to discuss this although I noted that this is mentioned as part of future developments.


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Reviewer #1: No: The approach used for generating the dataset is included but seemingly not the list of structures that resulted. list/spreadsheet of optimised zernike/geometric distance metric weights could also be included.

Reviewer #2: No: The benchmark datasets used for tests


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Decision Letter - Charlotte M Deane, Editor, Arne Elofsson, Editor

Dear Dr Duarte,

We are pleased to inform you that your manuscript 'Real time structural search of the Protein Data Bank' has been provisionally accepted for publication in PLOS Computational Biology.

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Arne Elofsson

Deputy Editor

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Formally Accepted
Acceptance Letter - Charlotte M Deane, Editor, Arne Elofsson, Editor


Real time structural search of the Protein Data Bank

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