Mario Compiani

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Back-propagation, feed-forward neural networks are used to predict the secondary structures of membrane proteins whose structures are known to atomic resolution. These networks are trained on globular proteins and can predict globular protein structures having no homology to those of the training set with correlation coefficients (Ci) of 0.45, 0.32 and 0.43(More)
The most stringent test for predictive methods of protein secondary structure is whether identical short sequences that are known to be present with different conformations in different proteins known at atomic resolution can be correctly discriminated. In this study, we show that the prediction efficiency of this type of segments in unrelated proteins(More)
In this work we describe a parallel system consisting of feed-forward neural networks supervised by a local genetic algorithm. The system is implemented in a transputer architecture and is used to predict the secondary structures of globular proteins. This method allows a wide search in the parameter space of the neural networks and the determination of(More)
Back-propagation, feed-forward neural networks are used to predict alpha-helical transmembrane segments of proteins. The networks are trained on the few membrane proteins whose transmembrane alpha-helix domains are known to atomic or nearly atomic resolution. When testing is performed with a jackknife procedure on the proteins of the training set, the(More)
Radial basis function neural networks are trained on a data base comprising 38 globular proteins of well resolved crystallographic structure and the corresponding free energy contributions to the overall protein stability (as computed partially from chrystallographic analysis and partially with multiple regression from experimental thermodynamic data by(More)
The analysis of the information flow in a feed-forward neural network suggests that the output of the network can be used to compute a structural entropy for the sequence-to-secondary structure mapping. On this basis, we formulate a minimum entropy criterion for the identification of minimally frustrated traits with helical conformation that correspond to(More)
In this paper we aim at determining the key residues of small helical proteins in order to build up reduced models of the folding dynamics. We start by arguing that the folding process can be dissected into concurrent fast and slow dynamics. The fast events are the quasiautonomous coil-to-helix transitions occurring in the minimally frustrated initiation(More)
A data base of minimally frustrated alpha helical segments is defined by filtering a set comprising 822 non redundant proteins, which contain 4783 alpha helical structures. The data base definition is performed using a neural network-based alpha helix predictor, whose outputs are rated according to an entropy criterion. A comparison with the presently(More)
A diffusion-collision-like model is proposed for helical proteins with three-state folding dynamics. The model generalizes a previous scheme based on the dynamics of putatively essential parts of the protein (foldons) that was successfully tested on proteins with two-state folding. We show that the extended model, unlike the original one, allows(More)
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