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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2004 Sep 3;321(4):1007-9.

Predicting protein structural class by functional domain composition.

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  • 1Gordon Life Science Institute, San Diego, CA 92130, USA.

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  • Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2005 Apr 22;329(4):1362.


The functional domain composition is introduced to predict the structural class of a protein or domain according to the following classification: all-alpha, all-beta, alpha/beta, alpha+beta, micro (multi-domain), sigma (small protein), and rho (peptide). The advantage by doing so is that both the sequence-order-related features and the function-related features are naturally incorporated in the predictor. As a demonstration, the jackknife cross-validation test was performed on a dataset that consists of proteins and domains with only less than 20% sequence identity to each other in order to get rid of any homologous bias. The overall success rate thus obtained was 98%. In contrast to this, the corresponding rates obtained by the simple geometry approaches based on the amino acid composition were only 36-39%. This indicates that using the functional domain composition to represent the sample of a protein for statistical prediction is very promising, and that the functional type of a domain is closely correlated with its structural class.

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