Novel knowledge-based mean force potential at the profile level

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The development and testing of functions for the modeling of protein energetics is an important part of current research aimed at understanding protein structure and function. Knowledge-based mean force potentials are derived from statistical analyses of interacting groups in experimentally determined protein structures. Current knowledge-based mean force potentials are developed at the atom or amino acid level. The evolutionary information contained in the profiles is not investigated. Based on these observations, a class of novel knowledge-based mean force potentials at the profile level has been presented, which uses the evolutionary information of profiles for developing more powerful statistical potentials. The frequency profiles are directly calculated from the multiple sequence alignments outputted by PSI-BLAST and converted into binary profiles with a probability threshold. As a result, the protein sequences are represented as sequences of binary profiles rather than sequences of amino acids. Similar to the knowledge-based potentials at the residue level, a class of novel potentials at the profile level is introduced. We develop four types of profile-level statistical potentials including distance-dependent, contact, Φ/Ψ dihedral angle and accessible surface statistical potentials. These potentials are first evaluated by the fold assessment between the correct and incorrect models generated by comparative modeling from our own and other groups. They are then used to recognize the native structures from well-constructed decoy sets. Experimental results show that all the knowledge-base mean force potentials at the profile level outperform those at the residue level. Significant improvements are obtained for the distance-dependent and accessible surface potentials (5–6%). The contact and Φ/Ψ dihedral angle potential only get a slight improvement (1–2%). Decoy set evaluation results show that the distance-dependent profile-level potentials even outperform other atom-level potentials. We also demonstrate that profile-level statistical potentials can improve the performance of threading. The knowledge-base mean force potentials at the profile level can provide better discriminatory ability than those at the residue level, so they will be useful for protein structure prediction and model refinement.

DOI: 10.1186/1471-2105-7-324

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@article{Dong2006NovelKM, title={Novel knowledge-based mean force potential at the profile level}, author={Qiwen Dong and Xiaolong Wang and Lei Lin}, journal={BMC Bioinformatics}, year={2006}, volume={7}, pages={324 - 324} }