Current Opinion in Structural Biology Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Elsevier

Journal description

Current Opinion in Structural Biology contains: Over 90 reviews from leading international contributors Web alerts of hot sites Paper alert service - the latest exciting papers Evaluated reference lists for all articles Annual author and subject index Online Fully searchable Access back issues Numerous links Search and read all issues published since 1984, giving you access to your own reference library without leaving your desk. Save valuable time by exploring our links to MEDLINE and numerous websites. Check out contents and abstracts FREE

Current impact factor: 7.20

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 7.201
2013 Impact Factor 8.747
2012 Impact Factor 8.738
2011 Impact Factor 9.424
2010 Impact Factor 9.903
2009 Impact Factor 9.344
2008 Impact Factor 9.06
2007 Impact Factor 10.15
2006 Impact Factor 11.215
2005 Impact Factor 9.559
2004 Impact Factor 9.821
2003 Impact Factor 8.686
2002 Impact Factor 9.63
2001 Impact Factor 10.893
2000 Impact Factor 10.427
1999 Impact Factor 8.633
1998 Impact Factor 8.69
1997 Impact Factor 7.509

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Additional details

5-year impact 8.08
Cited half-life 8.10
Immediacy index 1.24
Eigenfactor 0.03
Article influence 4.05
Website Current Opinion in Structural Biology website
Other titles Bibliography of the current world literature., Current opinion in structural biology, Structural biology
ISSN 1879-033X
OCLC 23812553
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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Publications in this journal

  • Current Opinion in Structural Biology 04/2016; 37:9-13. DOI:10.1016/

  • Current Opinion in Structural Biology 12/2015; 35:116-124. DOI:10.1016/

  • Current Opinion in Structural Biology 12/2015; 35:109-115. DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: Polysaccharide monooxygenases, or PMOs (also known as lytic PMOs or LPMOs), are a group of enzymes discovered in recent years to catalyze the oxidative degradation of carbohydrate polymers. The PMO catalytic domain has a β-sandwich fold that bears a strong resemblance to both immunoglobulin (Ig) and fibronectin type III (FnIII) domains. PMOs are secreted by fungi and bacteria, and there is recent evidence for their roles in pathogenesis, in addition to biomass processing. This review addresses the biological origins and functions of emerging PMO families, as well as describes the aspects of PMO structure that support the chemistry of copper-catalyzed, oxidative polysaccharide degradation.
    Current Opinion in Structural Biology 12/2015; 35:93-99. DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: Proteins are involved in almost all processes of the living cell. They are organized through extensive networks of interaction, by tightly bound macromolecular assemblies or more transiently via signaling nodes. Therefore, revealing the architecture of protein complexes and protein interaction networks is crucial to understand their function. Towards this aim, cross-linking mass spectrometry (XL-MS), which allows the elucidation of structures and interactions of proteins at low-resolution, has emerged as a valuable technology. Especially in recent years, the substantial development of cross-linking approaches and MS-based technologies, has led to noteworthy advances in the analysis of purified/in vitro reconstituted very large (megaDa) protein assemblies and various endogenous protein complexes in cells. Here we review the advances of XL-MS technologies and highlight some of the most recent studies. They clearly indicate that current XL-MS methodologies are ideally positioned to bridge the gap between proteomic-based interactome studies and high-resolution structural biology-based technologies.
    Current Opinion in Structural Biology 12/2015; 35:100-108. DOI:10.1016/

  • Current Opinion in Structural Biology 11/2015; DOI:10.1016/

  • Current Opinion in Structural Biology 11/2015; DOI:10.1016/

  • Current Opinion in Structural Biology 11/2015; DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: Oligosaccharides expressed on the surface of cells and in biological fluids as glycoproteins, glycolipids, proteoglycans and polysaccharides can be recognized by partner proteins, and these interactions have been shown to mediate fundamental biological events such as occur in the immune system, signal transduction, development and cancer metastasis. The specificities of these partner proteins (lectins) for their glycan ligands are determined by factors such as glycan composition, shape and density of expression and the involvement of the aglycone moiety as part of the recognition motif. There is increasing knowledge on the mechanisms of these interactions as new secondary binding sites continue to be elucidated adding to the functional awareness of sugar-binding proteins. This issue focuses on recent advances in understanding how C-type lectins in the immune system work, how novel motifs involving asymmetric glycan branch recognition and protein-protein interactions influence critical biological functions including signal transduction and bactericidal pore formation, recent studies on novel glycan-binding proteins produced by bacteriophage, analysis of the interactions between heparin/heparan sulphate and their binding proteins, and recent findings on the molecular interactions between chondroitin-dermatan sulphate and various bioactive protein components. We conclude with a review on a recent fascinating class of processive enzymes responsible for synthesis of high-molecular weight extracellular polysaccharides such as hyaluronic acid, chitin and alginate.
    Current Opinion in Structural Biology 11/2015; DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: Responsive formation of protein:protein interaction (PPI) upon diverse stimuli is a fundament of cellular function. As a consequence, PPIs are complex, adaptive entities, and exist in structurally heterogeneous interplays defined by the energetic states of the free and complexed protomers. The biophysical and structural investigations of PPIs consequently demand hybrid approaches, implementing orthogonal methods and strategies for global data analysis. Currently, impressive developments in hardware and software within several methodologies define a new era for the biostructural community. Data can be obtained at increasing resolution, at relevant time-scales and under increasingly relevant experimental conditions, intricate data are interpreted reliably, and the questions posed and answered grow in complexity. With this review, highlights from the study of PPIs using a multitude of biophysical methods, are reported. The aim is to depict how the elucidation of the interplay of structures requires the interplay of methods.
    Current Opinion in Structural Biology 10/2015; 35:76-86. DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: DNA and histone lysine methylation are dynamic chemical modifications that play a crucial role in the establishment of gene expression patterns during development. Both types of genomic methylation patterns are enzymatically regulated by the opposing activities of enzymes that introduce and remove these marks, known as methylation 'writers' and 'erasers', respectively. The appropriate localization and activity of these enzymes on chromatin is, in part, regulated by chromatin 'readers', protein modules that recognize histone and DNA modifications. Such reading modules are either encoded within the same polypeptide as the catalytic domains of writers and erasers, or present in protein partners that associate with them. Here, we review recent structural, biochemical and biological studies that demonstrate that there are multiple mechanisms by which reader domains can regulate the writers and erasers of histone and DNA methylation.
    Current Opinion in Structural Biology 10/2015; 35:68-75. DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: Calculating protein stability and predicting stabilizing mutations remain exceedingly difficult tasks, largely due to the inadequacy of potential functions, the difficulty of modeling entropy and the unfolded state, and challenges of sampling, particularly of backbone conformations. Yet, computational design has produced some remarkably stable proteins in recent years, apparently owing to near ideality in structure and sequence features. With caveats, computational prediction of stability can be used to guide mutation, and mutations derived from consensus sequence analysis, especially improved by recent co-variation filters, are very likely to stabilize without sacrificing function. The combination of computational and statistical approaches with library approaches, including new technologies such as deep sequencing and high throughput stability measurements, point to a very exciting near term future for stability engineering, even with difficult computational issues remaining.
    Current Opinion in Structural Biology 10/2015; 33:161-168. DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: Combining the selectivity of mass spectrometry (MS) with laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) presents a promising route to probe the intrinsic conformation, stability and dynamics of biological macromolecules. However, applications to proteins are in their infancy. Recent advances include the realization of Förster (fluorescence) resonance energy transfer (FRET) to provide nm-range distance constraints in de-solvated proteins, and measurement of dynamic fluorescence quenching rates to assess shorter-range interactions in peptides and Trp-cage. Temperature-dependent experiments employing FRET and dynamic quenching as conformational probes enable determination of enthalpy and entropy of conformational change in de-solvated biomolecules. These developments show the feasibility of using MS-LIF to dissect complex molecular interactions. For example, MS-LIF of protein-ligand complexes and partially hydrated proteins will better elucidate the energetics of specific binding interactions and the role of the solvent in protein structure and folding.
    Current Opinion in Structural Biology 10/2015; 34:123-134. DOI:10.1016/

  • Current Opinion in Structural Biology 10/2015; DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: The exploitation of anomalous signals for biological structural solution is maturing. Single-wavelength anomalous diffraction (SAD) is dominant in de novo structure analysis. Nevertheless, for challenging structures where the resolution is low (dmin≥3.5Å) or where only lighter atoms (Z≤20) are present, as for native macromolecules, solved SAD structures are still scarce. With the recent rapid development in crystal handling, beamline instrumentation, optimization of data collection strategies, use of multiple crystals and structure determination technologies, the weak anomalous diffraction signals are now robustly measured and should be used for routine SAD structure determination. The review covers these recent advances on weak anomalous signals measurement, analysis and utilization.
    Current Opinion in Structural Biology 10/2015; 34:99-107. DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: Progress in single particle cryo-EM, most recently due to the introduction of direct detector devices, has made the high-resolution structure determination of biological assemblies smaller than 500kDa more routine, but has also increased attention on the need for tools to demonstrate the validity of single particle maps. Although map validation is a continuing subject of research, some consensus has been reached on procedures that reduce model bias and over-fitting during map refinement as well as specific tests that demonstrate map validity. Tilt-pair analysis may be used as a method for demonstrating the consistency at low resolution of a map with image data. For higher-resolution maps, new procedures for more robust resolution assessment and for validating the refinement of atomic coordinate models into single particle maps have been developed.
    Current Opinion in Structural Biology 10/2015; 34:135-144. DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: Recent advances in structural analyses of mammalian lectins reveal atomic-level details of their fine specificities toward diverse endogenous and exogenous glycans. Local variations on a common scaffold can enable certain lectins to recognize complex carbohydrate ligands including branched glycans and O-glycosylated peptides. Simultaneous recognition of both glycan and the aglycon moieties enhances the affinity and specificity of lectins such as CLEC-2 and PILRα. Attention has been paid to the roles of galectin and RegIII family of proteins in protein-protein interactions involved in critical biological functions including signal transduction and bactericidal pore formation.
    Current Opinion in Structural Biology 10/2015; 34:108-115. DOI:10.1016/