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Sequence-Based Prediction of Protein Folding Rates Using Contacts, Secondary Structures and Support Vector Machines

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4 Author(s)
Guan Ning Lin ; Inf. Inst., Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA ; Zheng Wang ; Dong Xu ; Jianlin Cheng

Predicting protein folding rate is useful for understanding protein folding process and guiding protein design. Most previous methods of predicting folding rate require the tertiary structure of a protein as an input. And most methods do not distinguish the different kinetic natures (two-state folding and multi-state folding) of the proteins. Here we developed a method, SeqRate, to predict both protein folding kinetic type (two-state versus multi-state) and real-value folding rate using features extracted from only protein sequence with support vector machines. On a standard benchmark dataset, the accuracy of folding kinetic type classification is 80%. The Pearson correlation coefficient and the mean absolute difference between predicted and experimental folding rates (sec-1) in the base-10 logarithmic scale are 0.81 and 0.79 for two-state protein folders, and 0.80 and 0.68 for three-state protein folders. SeqRate is the first sequence-based method for protein folding type classification and its accuracy of fold rate prediction is improved over previous sequence-based methods. Both the Web server and software of predicting folding rate are publicly available at

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Bioinformatics and Biomedicine, 2009. BIBM '09. IEEE International Conference on

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1-4 Nov. 2009