PredMP: a web server for de novo prediction and visualization of membrane proteins

Sheng Wang, Shiyang Fei, Zongan Wang, Yu Li, Jinbo Xu, Feng Zhao, Xin Gao

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Summary \nPredMP is the first web service, to our knowledge, that aims at de novo prediction of the membrane protein (MP) 3D structure followed by the embedding of the MP into the lipid bilayer for visualization. Our approach is based on a high-throughput Deep Transfer Learning (DTL) method that first predicts MP contacts by learning from non-MPs and then predicts the 3D model of the MP using the predicted contacts as distance restraints. This algorithm is derived from our previous Deep Learning (DL) method originally developed for soluble protein contact prediction, which has been officially ranked No. 1 in CASP12. The DTL framework in our approach overcomes the challenge that there are only a limited number of solved MP structures for training the deep learning model. There are three modules in the PredMP server: (a) The DTL framework followed by the contact-assisted folding protocol has already been implemented in RaptorX-Contact, which serves as the key module for 3D model generation; (b) The 1D annotation module, implemented in RaptorX-Property, is used to predict the secondary structure and disordered regions; and (c) the visualization module to display the predicted MPs embedded in the lipid bilayer guided by the predicted transmembrane topology. \nResults \nTested on 510 non-redundant MPs, our server predicts correct folds for ∼290 MPs, which significantly outperforms existing methods. Tested on a blind and live benchmark CAMEO from Sep 2016 to Jan 2018, PredMP can successfully model all 10 MPs belonging to the hard category.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)691-693
Number of pages3
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 4 2018

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