FragQA: predicting local fragment quality of a sequence-structure alignment.

Xin Gao*, Dongbo Bu, Shuai Cheng Li, Jinbo Xu, Ming Li

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MOTIVATION: Although protein structure prediction has made great progress in recent years, a protein model derived from automated prediction methods is subject to various errors. As methods for structure prediction develop, a continuing problem is how to evaluate the quality of a protein model, especially to identify some well predicted regions of the model, so that the structure biology community can benefit from automated structure prediction. It is also important to identify badly-predicted regions in a model so that some refinement measurements can be applied to. RESULTS: We present a novel technique FragQA to accurately predict local quality of a sequence-structure (i.e., sequence-template) alignment generated by comparative modeling (i.e., homology modeling and threading). Different from previous local quality assessment methods, FragQA directly predicts cRMSD between a continuously aligned fragment determined by an alignment and the corresponding fragment in the native structure. FragQA uses an SVM (Support Vector Machines) regression method to perform prediction using information extracted from a single given alignment. Experimental results demonstrate that FragQA performs well on predicting local quality. More specifically, FragQA has prediction accuracy better than a top performer ProQres [18]. Our results indicate that (1) local quality can be predicted well; (2) local sequence evolutionary information (i.e., sequence similarity) is the major factor in predicting local quality; and (3) structure information such as solvent accessibility and secondary structure helps improving prediction performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-39
Number of pages13
JournalGenome informatics. International Conference on Genome Informatics
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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