Static benchmarking of membrane helix predictions.

TitleStatic benchmarking of membrane helix predictions.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsKernytsky, A, Rost, B
JournalNucleic Acids Res
Date Published2003 Jul 1
KeywordsHydrophobic and Hydrophilic Interactions, Internet, Membrane Proteins, Protein Structure, Secondary, Reproducibility of Results, Sequence Analysis, Protein, Software, User-Computer Interface

Prediction of trans-membrane helices continues to be a difficult task with a few prediction methods clearly taking the lead; none of these is clearly best on all accounts. Recently, we have carefully set up protocols for benchmarking the most relevant aspects of prediction accuracy and have applied it to >30 prediction methods. Here, we present the extension of that analysis to the level of an automatic web server evaluating new methods ( The most important achievements of the tool are: (i) any new method is compared to the battery of well-established tools; (ii) the battery of measures explored allows spotting strengths in methods that may not be 'best' overall. In particular, we report per-residue and per-segment scores for accuracy and the error-rates for confusing membrane helices with globular proteins or signal peptides. An additional feature is that developers can directly investigate any hydrophobicity scale for its potential in predicting membrane helices.

Alternate JournalNucleic Acids Res.
PubMed ID12824384
PubMed Central IDPMC168939
Grant List1-R01-LM07329-01 / LM / NLM NIH HHS / United States
R01-GM63029-01 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States