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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19(4), 1009; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms19041009

PON-tstab: Protein Variant Stability Predictor. Importance of Training Data Quality

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School of Computer Science and Technology, Soochow University, No. 1. Shizi Street, Suzhou 215006, China
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Department of Experimental Medical Science, BMC B13, Lund University, SE-22 184 Lund, Sweden
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Center for Systems Biology, Soochow University, No. 1. Shizi Street, Suzhou 215006, China
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Current address: BITS Bilani, Dubai Campus, Department of Computer Science, Dubai International Academic City, Dubai, UAE.
Received: 5 March 2018 / Revised: 21 March 2018 / Accepted: 24 March 2018 / Published: 28 March 2018
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Abstract

Several methods have been developed to predict effects of amino acid substitutions on protein stability. Benchmark datasets are essential for method training and testing and have numerous requirements including that the data is representative for the investigated phenomenon. Available machine learning algorithms for variant stability have all been trained with ProTherm data. We noticed a number of issues with the contents, quality and relevance of the database. There were errors, but also features that had not been clearly communicated. Consequently, all machine learning variant stability predictors have been trained on biased and incorrect data. We obtained a corrected dataset and trained a random forests-based tool, PON-tstab, applicable to variants in any organism. Our results highlight the importance of the benchmark quality, suitability and appropriateness. Predictions are provided for three categories: stability decreasing, increasing and those not affecting stability. View Full-Text
Keywords: protein stability prediction; variation interpretation; mutation; benchmark quality; machine learning method protein stability prediction; variation interpretation; mutation; benchmark quality; machine learning method
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Yang, Y.; Urolagin, S.; Niroula, A.; Ding, X.; Shen, B.; Vihinen, M. PON-tstab: Protein Variant Stability Predictor. Importance of Training Data Quality. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19, 1009.

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