Detecting Remote Protein Evolutionary Relationships via String Scoring Method

Nazar Zaki, Safaai Deris, Nazar Mustafa Ahmed

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The amount of the information being churned out by the field of biology has jumped manifold and now requires the extensive use of computer techniques for the management of this information. The predominance of biological information such as protein sequence similarity in the biological information sea is key information for detecting protein evolutionary relationship. Protein sequence similarity typically implies homology, which in turn may imply structural and functional similarities. In this work, we propose, a learning method for detecting remote protein homology. The proposed method uses a transformation that converts protein sequence into fixed-dimensional representative feature vectors. Each feature vector records the sensitivity of a protein sequence to a set of amino acids substrings generated from the protein sequences of interest. These features are then used in conjunction with support vector machines for the detection of the protein remote homology. The proposed method is tested and evaluated on two different benchmark protein datasets and it's able to deliver improvements over most of the existing homology detection methods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)730-738
JournalInternational Journal of Biomedical Sciences
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007


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