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A PDB-wide, evolution-based assessment of protein-protein interfaces.

Baskaran K, Duarte JM, Biyani N, Bliven S, Capitani G - BMC Struct. Biol. (2014)

Bottom Line: An automated computational pipeline was developed to run our Evolutionary Protein-Protein Interface Classifier (EPPIC) software on the entire PDB and store the results in a relational database, currently containing > 800,000 interfaces.By comparing our safest predictions to the PDB author annotations, we provide a lower-bound estimate of the error rate of biological unit annotations in the PDB.These tools enable the comprehensive study of several aspects of protein-protein contacts in the PDB and represent a basis for future, even larger scale studies of protein-protein interactions.

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Background: Thanks to the growth in sequence and structure databases, more than 50 million sequences are now available in UniProt and 100,000 structures in the PDB. Rich information about protein-protein interfaces can be obtained by a comprehensive study of protein contacts in the PDB, their sequence conservation and geometric features.

Results: An automated computational pipeline was developed to run our Evolutionary Protein-Protein Interface Classifier (EPPIC) software on the entire PDB and store the results in a relational database, currently containing > 800,000 interfaces. This allows the analysis of interface data on a PDB-wide scale. Two large benchmark datasets of biological interfaces and crystal contacts, each containing about 3000 entries, were automatically generated based on criteria thought to be strong indicators of interface type. The BioMany set of biological interfaces includes NMR dimers solved as crystal structures and interfaces that are preserved across diverse crystal forms, as catalogued by the Protein Common Interface Database (ProtCID) from Xu and Dunbrack. The second dataset, XtalMany, is derived from interfaces that would lead to infinite assemblies and are therefore crystal contacts. BioMany and XtalMany were used to benchmark the EPPIC approach. The performance of EPPIC was also compared to classifications from the Protein Interfaces, Surfaces, and Assemblies (PISA) program on a PDB-wide scale, finding that the two approaches give the same call in about 88% of PDB interfaces. By comparing our safest predictions to the PDB author annotations, we provide a lower-bound estimate of the error rate of biological unit annotations in the PDB. Additionally, we developed a PyMOL plugin for direct download and easy visualization of EPPIC interfaces for any PDB entry. Both the datasets and the PyMOL plugin are available at http://www.eppic-web.org/ewui/\#downloads.

Conclusions: Our computational pipeline allows us to analyze protein-protein contacts and their sequence conservation across the entire PDB. Two new benchmark datasets are provided, which are over an order of magnitude larger than existing manually curated ones. These tools enable the comprehensive study of several aspects of protein-protein contacts in the PDB and represent a basis for future, even larger scale studies of protein-protein interactions.

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Schematic representation of the PDB-wide EPPIC precalculation pipeline. Web servers are denoted by green blocks, local databases and inputs by blue blocks, instances of the EPPIC program by brown blocks.
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Figure 1: Schematic representation of the PDB-wide EPPIC precalculation pipeline. Web servers are denoted by green blocks, local databases and inputs by blue blocks, instances of the EPPIC program by brown blocks.

Mentions: With the development of the EPPIC software and the availability of sufficient computing power, it is possible to predict the biological relevance of all interfaces in the PDB. An automatic calculation pipeline was implemented to analyze the entire PDB with EPPIC and to store the results in a MySQL database (see Methods for details). Table 1 gives an overview of the database of interfaces. The pipeline, which is shown in Figure 1 as a flowchart, greatly increased the speed, efficiency and usability of the EPPIC web server since all user queries corresponding to existing PDB entries return the precalculated results instead of running the calculation. In this way, the server’s computing power is nearly entirely available for user queries that do not yet correspond to PDB entries. An even more important advantage of our pipeline is the possibility to mine the database and carry out interface analysis on a scale that was previously precluded to our method.


A PDB-wide, evolution-based assessment of protein-protein interfaces.

Baskaran K, Duarte JM, Biyani N, Bliven S, Capitani G - BMC Struct. Biol. (2014)

Schematic representation of the PDB-wide EPPIC precalculation pipeline. Web servers are denoted by green blocks, local databases and inputs by blue blocks, instances of the EPPIC program by brown blocks.
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Figure 1: Schematic representation of the PDB-wide EPPIC precalculation pipeline. Web servers are denoted by green blocks, local databases and inputs by blue blocks, instances of the EPPIC program by brown blocks.
Mentions: With the development of the EPPIC software and the availability of sufficient computing power, it is possible to predict the biological relevance of all interfaces in the PDB. An automatic calculation pipeline was implemented to analyze the entire PDB with EPPIC and to store the results in a MySQL database (see Methods for details). Table 1 gives an overview of the database of interfaces. The pipeline, which is shown in Figure 1 as a flowchart, greatly increased the speed, efficiency and usability of the EPPIC web server since all user queries corresponding to existing PDB entries return the precalculated results instead of running the calculation. In this way, the server’s computing power is nearly entirely available for user queries that do not yet correspond to PDB entries. An even more important advantage of our pipeline is the possibility to mine the database and carry out interface analysis on a scale that was previously precluded to our method.

Bottom Line: An automated computational pipeline was developed to run our Evolutionary Protein-Protein Interface Classifier (EPPIC) software on the entire PDB and store the results in a relational database, currently containing > 800,000 interfaces.By comparing our safest predictions to the PDB author annotations, we provide a lower-bound estimate of the error rate of biological unit annotations in the PDB.These tools enable the comprehensive study of several aspects of protein-protein contacts in the PDB and represent a basis for future, even larger scale studies of protein-protein interactions.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

ABSTRACT

Background: Thanks to the growth in sequence and structure databases, more than 50 million sequences are now available in UniProt and 100,000 structures in the PDB. Rich information about protein-protein interfaces can be obtained by a comprehensive study of protein contacts in the PDB, their sequence conservation and geometric features.

Results: An automated computational pipeline was developed to run our Evolutionary Protein-Protein Interface Classifier (EPPIC) software on the entire PDB and store the results in a relational database, currently containing > 800,000 interfaces. This allows the analysis of interface data on a PDB-wide scale. Two large benchmark datasets of biological interfaces and crystal contacts, each containing about 3000 entries, were automatically generated based on criteria thought to be strong indicators of interface type. The BioMany set of biological interfaces includes NMR dimers solved as crystal structures and interfaces that are preserved across diverse crystal forms, as catalogued by the Protein Common Interface Database (ProtCID) from Xu and Dunbrack. The second dataset, XtalMany, is derived from interfaces that would lead to infinite assemblies and are therefore crystal contacts. BioMany and XtalMany were used to benchmark the EPPIC approach. The performance of EPPIC was also compared to classifications from the Protein Interfaces, Surfaces, and Assemblies (PISA) program on a PDB-wide scale, finding that the two approaches give the same call in about 88% of PDB interfaces. By comparing our safest predictions to the PDB author annotations, we provide a lower-bound estimate of the error rate of biological unit annotations in the PDB. Additionally, we developed a PyMOL plugin for direct download and easy visualization of EPPIC interfaces for any PDB entry. Both the datasets and the PyMOL plugin are available at http://www.eppic-web.org/ewui/\#downloads.

Conclusions: Our computational pipeline allows us to analyze protein-protein contacts and their sequence conservation across the entire PDB. Two new benchmark datasets are provided, which are over an order of magnitude larger than existing manually curated ones. These tools enable the comprehensive study of several aspects of protein-protein contacts in the PDB and represent a basis for future, even larger scale studies of protein-protein interactions.

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