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Using string kernel to predict signal peptide cleavage site based on subsite coupling model

, : Using string kernel to predict signal peptide cleavage site based on subsite coupling model. Amino Acids 28(4): 395-402

Owing to the importance of signal peptides for studying the molecular mechanisms of genetic diseases, reprogramming cells for gene therapy, and finding new drugs for healing a specific defect, it is in great demand to develop a fast and accurate method to identify the signal peptides. Introduction of the so-called {-3, -1, +1} coupling model (Chou, K. C.: Protein Engineering, 2001, 14 - 2, 75 - 79) has made it possible to take into account the coupling effect among some key subsites and hence can significantly enhance the prediction quality of peptide cleavage site. Based on the subsite coupling model, a kind of string kernels for protein sequence is introduced. Integrating the biologically relevant prior knowledge, the constructed string kernels can thus be used by any kernel-based method. A Support vector machines (SVM) is thus built to predict the cleavage site of signal peptides from the protein sequences. The current approach is compared with the classical weight matrix method. At small false positive ratios, our method outperforms the classical weight matrix method, indicating the current approach may at least serve as a powerful complemental tool to other existing methods for predicting the signal peptide cleavage site.The software that generated the results reported in this paper is available upon requirement, and will appear at


PMID: 15838592

DOI: 10.1007/s00726-005-0189-6

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