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Prediction of Protein Quaternary Structure with Feature Selection and Analysis Based on Protein Biological Features

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Information of protein quaternary structure can help to understand the biological functions of proteins. Because wet-lab experiments are both time-consuming and costly, we adopt a novel computational approach to assign proteins into 10 kinds of quaternary structures. By coding each protein using its biochemical and physicochemical properties, feature selection was carried out using Incremental Feature Selection (IFS) method. The thus obtained optimal feature set consisted of 97 features, with which the prediction model was built. As a result, the overall prediction success rate is 74.90% evaluated by Jackknife test, much higher than the overall correct rate of a random guess 10% (1/10). The further feature analysis indicates that protein secondary structure is the most contributed feature in the prediction of protein quaternary structure.

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Keywords: Biochemical properties; FDOD; Incremental Feature Selection;; Jackknife test; MaxRel feature; Maximum Relevance; Minimum Redundancy; NNA; Peng's study; Physicochemical properties; PredAcc; Predator; Protein quaternary structure; SVM; mRMR

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2012

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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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