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BSFINDER: Finding Binding Sites of HCV Proteins Using a Support Vector Machine

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Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major cause of liver disease and a dangerous threat to public health. Hence, the problem of finding interactions between HCV and human proteins has received much attention. In this paper, we present an approach to predicting binding residues in HCV proteins using a support vector machine (SVM) classifier. Based on six biochemical properties of amino acids (sequence profile, accessible surface area, residue binding propensity, sequence entropy, hydrophobicity and conservation weight), the SVM classifier achieved an average accuracy of 93%. Contiguous residues in the sequence act together to determine a binding site, and a window of 11 residues (the target residue and 5 adjacent residues on each side) gave the best result in our study. Our approach has been implemented in a program called BSFinder (Binding Site Finder), which is available at BSFinder will be of considerable help in predicting binding residues and potential interacting partners of a protein.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2009-04-01

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  • Protein & Peptide Letters publishes short papers in all important aspects of protein and peptide research, including structural studies, recombinant expression, function, synthesis, enzymology, immunology, molecular modeling, drug design etc. Manuscripts must have a significant element of novelty, timeliness and urgency that merit rapid publication. Reports of crystallisation, and preliminary structure determinations of biologically important proteins are acceptable. Purely theoretical papers are also acceptable provided they provide new insight into the principles of protein/peptide structure and function.
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