Graph pyramids for protein function prediction

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dc.contributor.authorSandhan, Tushar-
dc.contributor.authorYoo, Youngjun-
dc.contributor.authorChoi, Jin Young-
dc.contributor.authorKim, Sun-
dc.identifier.citationBMC Medical Genomics, 8(Suppl 2):S12ko_KR
dc.descriptionThis is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative
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Uncovering the hidden organizational characteristics and regularities among biological sequences is the key issue for detailed understanding of an underlying biological phenomenon. Thus pattern recognition from nucleic acid sequences is an important affair for protein function prediction. As proteins from the same family exhibit similar characteristics, homology based approaches predict protein functions via protein classification. But conventional classification approaches mostly rely on the global features by considering only strong protein similarity matches. This leads to significant loss of prediction accuracy.

Here we construct the Protein-Protein Similarity (PPS) network, which captures the subtle properties of protein families. The proposed method considers the local as well as the global features, by examining the interactions among 'weakly interacting proteins' in the PPS network and by using hierarchical graph analysis via the graph pyramid. Different underlying properties of the protein families are uncovered by operating the proposed graph based features at various pyramid levels.

Experimental results on benchmark data sets show that the proposed hierarchical voting algorithm using graph pyramid helps to improve computational efficiency as well the protein classification accuracy. Quantitatively, among 14,086 test sequences, on an average the proposed method misclassified only 21.1 sequences whereas baseline BLAST score based global feature matching method misclassified 362.9 sequences. With each correctly classified test sequence, the fast incremental learning ability of the proposed method further enhances the training model. Thus it has achieved more than 96% protein classification accuracy using only 20% per class training data.
dc.publisherBioMed Centralko_KR
dc.titleGraph pyramids for protein function predictionko_KR
dc.rights.holderSandhan et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.-
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