Is the intrinsic disorder of proteins the cause of the scale-free architecture of protein-protein interaction networks?


In protein-protein interaction (PPI) networks certain topological properties appear to be recurrent: network maps are considered scale-free. It is possible that this topology is reflected in the protein structure. In this paper, we investigate the role of protein disorder in the network topology. We find that the disorder of a protein (or of its neighbors) is independent of its number of PPIs. This result suggests that protein disorder does not play a role in the scale-free architecture of protein networks.

PROTEOMICS 7, 961-964