Robert E. Langlois

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MOTIVATION The rapid accumulation of single amino acid polymorphisms (SAPs), also known as non-synonymous single nucleotide polymorphisms (nsSNPs), brings the opportunities and needs to understand and predict their disease association. Currently published attributes are limited, the detailed mechanisms governing the disease association of a SAP remain(More)
DNA-binding proteins (DNA-BPs) play a pivotal role in various intra- and extra-cellular activities ranging from DNA replication to gene expression control. Attempts have been made to identify DNA-BPs based on their sequence and structural information with moderate accuracy. Here we develop a machine learning protocol for the prediction of DNA-BPs where the(More)
Nucleic acid-binding proteins are involved in a great number of cellular processes. Understanding the mechanisms underlying these proteins first requires the identification of specific residues involved in nucleic acid binding. Prediction of NA-binding residues can provide practical assistance in the functional annotation of NA-binding proteins. Predictions(More)
Membrane-binding peripheral proteins play important roles in many biological processes, including cell signaling and membrane trafficking. Unlike integral membrane proteins, these proteins bind the membrane mostly in a reversible manner. Since peripheral proteins do not have canonical transmembrane segments, it is difficult to identify them from their amino(More)
Annotation of the functional sites on the surface of a protein has been the subject of many studies. In this regard, the search for attributes and features characterizing these sites is of prime consequence. Here, we present an implementation of a kernel-based machine learning protocol for identifying residues on a DNA-binding protein form the interface(More)
CpG island (CpGI) methylation is an epigenetic modification that occurs in eukaryotes and is based on the addition of a methyl group to the number 5 carbon of the pyrimidine ring of cytosine. When methylation of a CpGI occurs, the associated gene (if any) is not expressed [1]. Aberrant methylation is thought to be a causative agent in disease [2] and drug(More)
DNA-binding proteins perform vital functions related to transcription, repair and replication. We have developed a new sequence-based machine learning protocol to identify DNA-binding proteins. We compare our method with an extensive benchmark of previously published structure-based machine learning methods as well as a standard sequence alignment(More)
A protein’s function depends in a large part on interactions with other molecules. With an increasing number of protein structures becoming available every year, a corresponding structural annotation approach identifying such interactions grows more expedient. At the same time, machine learning has gained popularity in bioinformatics providing robust(More)
Because of the relatively large gap of knowledge between number of protein sequences and protein structures, the ability to construct a computational model predicting structure from sequence information has become an important area of research. The knowledge of a protein's structure is crucial in understanding its biological role. In this work, we present a(More)
malibu is an open-source machine learning work-bench developed in C/C++ for high-performance real-world applications, namely bioinformatics and medical informatics. It leverages third-party machine learning implementations for more robust bug-free software. This workbench handles several well-studied supervised machine learning problems including(More)