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superfamily

 [soo´per-fam″ĭ-le]
1. a taxonomic category sometimes established, subordinate to an order and superior to a family.
2. any of a group of proteins having similarities such as areas of structural homology and believed to descend from the same ancestral gene, such as the superfamily of immunoglobulins.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

superfamily

(so͞o′pər-făm′ə-lē)
n. pl. superfami·lies
A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below an order or its subdivisions and above a family.
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superfamily

a taxon above a family and below an order.
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Our method can accurately, when compared to the current state of the art, find distant functional relationships between proteins from different families, superfamilies, and folds.
Lewis et al., "The CATH classification revisited-architectures reviewed and new ways to characterize structural divergence in superfamilies," Nucleic Acids Research, vol.
Five superfamilies were considered in the experiments: globin, insulin, kinase, ras, and trypsin.
For classification of protein sequences to relevant superfamilies, the nearest neighbor algorithm was employed.
The considered SCOP 1.53 data set is formed by 23 superfamilies, and thus, a total of 23 classifiers have to be used in the multi-class superfamily recognition problem.
In the second stage of the hierarchical-MCS method, a multi-class superfamily classifier is built for the superfamilies in each SCOP class.
Descamps (1973a & b) considered them to be separate superfamilies, elevating the former group to the Proscopioidea.
The monograph includes descriptions (with illustrations and photographs) of the numerous families and superfamilies of brachiopods, extensive references, and an appendix with locality data.
Essays include the molecular phylogeny of terrestrial artiodactyls, phylogenetic relationships of cetaceans to terrestrial artiodactyls, the earliest artiodactyls, the endemic European paleogene artiodactyls, and artiodactyl paleoecology and evolutionary trends; individual chapters discuss 16 families and superfamilies of artiodactyls.
The protocols detail methods relevant to each of the three molecular motor protein superfamilies (kinesins, dyneins, and myosins), as well as motors that fall outside of these families (dynamins and F1ATPase).
He describes the characterization of the Tylenchida, including the suborders and their families and superfamilies, morphometric behavior and functional morphology, including body diameter and pharynx relationships, the position of the median bulb and vulva, stylet growth, and tail length, the body wall including the body cuticle and excretory-secretory system, the nervous system, the head, the digestive system, and the genital systems of both male and female.
In this monograph, Copper (Laurentian U.) examines what the atrypid brachiopod has to say about conditions in the Silurian, giving the stratigraphic outline, systematic paleontology, and configurations from order Atrypid Rzhonsnitskaya, family Atrypinidae McEwab, and superfamilies Lissatrypoidea Twenhofel and Glassioidea Schuchert and Levene.