Blind prediction of homo- and hetero- protein complexes: The CASP13-CAPRI experiment.

Marc F. Lensink, Guillaume Brysbaert, Nurul Nadzirin, Sameer Velankar, Raphaël A G Chaleil, Tereza Gerguri, Paul A Bates, Elodie Laine, Alessandra Carbone, Sergei Grudinin, Ren Kong, Ran-Ran Liu, Xi-Ming Xu, Hang Shi, Shan Chang, Miriam Eisenstein, Agnieszka Karczynska, Cezary Czaplewski, Emilia Lubecka, Agnieszka LipskaPaweł Krupa, Magdalena Mozolewska, Łukasz Golon, Sergey Samsonov, Adam Liwo, Silvia Crivelli, Guillaume Pagès, Mikhail Karasikov, Maria Kadukova, Yumeng Yan, Sheng-You Huang, Mireia Rosell, Luis Angel Rodríguez-Lumbreras, Miguel Romero-Durana, Lucía Díaz-Bueno, Juan Fernandez-Recio, Charles Christoffer, Genki Terashi, Woong-Hee Shin, Tunde Aderinwale, Sai Raghavendra Maddhuri Venkata Subraman, Daisuke Kihara, Dima Kozakov, Sandor Vajda, Kathyn Porter, Dzmitry Padhorny, Israel Desta, Dmitri Beglov, Mikhail Ignatov, Sergey Kotelnikov, Iain H Moal, David W Ritchie, Isaure Chauvot de Beauchêne, Bernard Maigret, Marie-Dominique Devignes, Maria Elisa Ruiz Echartea, Didier Barradas Bautista, Zhen Cao, Luigi Cavallo, Romina Oliva, Yue Cao, Yang Shen, Minkyung Baek, Taeyong Park, Hyeonuk Woo, Chaok Seok, Merav Braitbard, Lirane Bitton, Dina Scheidman-Duhovny, Justas DapkŪnas, Kliment Olechnovič, Česlovas Venclovas, Petras J Kundrotas, Saveliy Belkin, Devlina Chakravarty, Varsha D Badal, Ilya A Vakser, Thom Vreven, Sweta Vangaveti, Tyler Borrman, Zhiping Weng, Johnathan D Guest, Ragul Gowthaman, Brian G Pierce, Xianjin Xu, Rui Duan, Liming Qiu, Jie Hou, Benjamin Ryan Merideth, Zhiwei Ma, Jianlin Cheng, Xiaoqin Zou, Panos I Koukos, Jorge Roel-Touris, Francesco Ambrosetti, Cunliang Geng, Jörg Schaarschmidt, Mikael E Trellet, Adrien S J Melquiond, Li Xue, Brian Jiménez-García, Charlotte W van Noort, Rodrigo V Honorato, Alexandre M.J.J. Bonvin, Shoshana J Wodak

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We present the results for CAPRI Round 46, the 3rd joint CASP-CAPRI protein assembly prediction challenge. The Round comprised a total of 20 targets including 14 homo-oligomers and 6 hetero-complexes. Eight of the homo-oligomer targets and one hetero-dimer comprised proteins that could be readily modeled using templates from the Protein Data Bank, often available for the full assembly. The remaining 11 targets comprised 5 homo-dimers, 3 hetero-dimers and two higher-order assemblies. These were more difficult to model, as their prediction mainly involved 'ab-initio' docking of subunit models derived from distantly related templates. A total of ~30 CAPRI groups, including 9 automatic servers, submitted on average ~2000 models per target. About 17 groups participated in the CAPRI scoring rounds, offered for most targets, submitting ~170 models per target. The prediction performance, measured by the fraction of models of acceptable quality or higher submitted across all predictors groups, was very good to excellent for the 9 easy targets. Poorer performance was achieved by predictors for the 11 difficult targets, with medium and high quality models submitted for only 3 of these targets. A similar performance 'gap' was displayed by scorer groups, highlighting yet again the unmet challenge of modeling the conformational changes of the protein components that occur upon binding or that must be accounted for in template-based modeling. Our analysis also indicates that residues in binding interfaces were less well predicted in this set of targets than in previous Rounds, providing useful insights for directions of future improvements. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1200-1221
Number of pages22
Issue number12
StatePublished - Oct 14 2019

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Acknowledgements: We thank the CASP Management and in particular Andriy Kryshtafovych, for valuable help and support in running the assembly prediction challenge. We also express gratitude to the structural biologists who provided the targets for this challenge and to the CAPRI management team and predictor groups for stimulating discussion, valuable input and cooperation.


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