Local Sequence Information-based Support Vector Machine to Classify Voltage-gated Potassium Channels

Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica,(2006)38(6): 363-371.

LiXia Liu  , Menglong Li*  , Fuyuan Tan  , MinChun Lu  , Ke Long Wang  , Yanzhi Guo  , Zhining Wen  , Lin JIANG 


In our previous work, we developed a computational tool, PreK-ClassK-ClassKv, to predict and classify potassium (K+) channels. For K+ channel prediction (PreK) and classification at family level (ClassK), this method performs well. However, it does not perform so well in classifying voltage-gated potassium (Kv) channels (ClassKv). In this paper, a new method based on the local sequence information of Kv channels is introduced to classify Kv channels. Six transmembrane domains of a Kv channel protein are used to define a protein, and the dipeptide composition technique is used to transform an amino acid sequence to a numerical sequence. A Kv channel protein is represented by a vector with 2000 elements, and a support vector machine algorithm is applied to classify Kv channels. This method shows good performance with averages of total accuracy (Acc), sensitivity (SE), specificity (SP), reliability (R) and Matthews correlation coefficient (MCC) of 98.0%, 89.9%, 100%, 0.95 and 0.94 respectively. The results indicate that the local sequence information-based method is better than the global sequence information-based method to classify Kv channels.

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