Real Value Prediction of Solvent Accessibility from Amino Acid Sequence Proteins 50 (2003) 629-635

Shandar Ahmad(1), M. Michael Gromiha(2), Akinori Sarai(1)
(1) RIKEN Tsukuba Institute, 3-1-1, Koyadai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305 0074, Japan
(2) Computational Biology Research Center (CBRC), AIST, 2-41-6, Aomi, Koto-Ku, Tokyo 135-0064, Japan

The solvent accessibility of amino acid residues has been predicted in the past by classifying them into exposure states with varying thresholds. This classification provides a wide range of values for the accessible surface area (ASA) within which a residue may fall. Thus far, no attempt has been made to predict real values of ASA from the sequence information without a-priori classification into exposure states. Here, we present a new method with which to predict real value ASAs for residues, based on neighborhood information. Our real value prediction neural network could estimate the ASA for four different non-homologous, non-redundant data sets of varying size, with 18.0-19.5% mean absolute error, defined as per residue absolute difference between the predicted and experimental values of relative ASA. Correlation between the predicted and experimental values ranged from 0 .47 to 0.50 . It was observed that the ASA of a residue could be predicted within a 23.7% mean absolute error, even when no information about neighbours was provided. Prediction of real values answers the issue of arbitrary choice of ASA state thresholds, and carries more information than category prediction. Prediction error for each residue type strongly correlates with the variability in its experimental ASA values.

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