Can sequence determine function?
1 Departments of Biochemistry and Chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
2 Departments of Biopharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA
Genome Biology 2000, 1:reviews0005-reviews0005.10 doi:10.1186/gb-2000-1-5-reviews0005Published: 8 November 2000
The functional annotation of proteins identified in genome sequencing projects is based on similarities to homologs in the databases. As a result of the possible strategies for divergent evolution, homologous enzymes frequently do not catalyze the same reaction, and we conclude that assignment of function from sequence information alone should be viewed with some skepticism.