Refining Markov Clustering for protein complex prediction by incorporating core-attachment structure.

Sriganesh Srihari, Kang Ning, Hon Wai Leong

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Protein complexes are responsible for most of vital biological processes within the cell. Understanding the machinery behind these biological processes requires detection and analysis of complexes and their constituent proteins. A wealth of computational approaches towards detection of complexes deal with clustering of protein-protein interaction (PPI) networks. Among these clustering approaches, the Markov Clustering (MCL) algorithm has proved to be reasonably successful, mainly due to its scalability and robustness. However, MCL produces many noisy clusters, which either do not represent any known complexes or have additional proteins (noise) that reduce the accuracies of correctly predicted complexes. Consequently, the accuracies of these clusters when matched with known complexes are quite low. Refinement of these clusters to improve the accuracy requires deeper understanding of the organization of complexes. Recently, experiments on yeast by Gavin et al. (2006) revealed that proteins within a complex are organized in two parts: core and attachment. Based on these insights, we propose our method (MCL-CA), which couples core-attachment based refinement steps to refine the clusters produced by MCL. We evaluated the effectiveness of our approach on two different datasets and compared the quality of our predicted complexes with that produced by MCL. The results show that our approach significantly improves the accuracies of predicted complexes when matched with known complexes. A direct result of this is that MCL-CA is able to cover larger number of known complexes than MCL. Further, we also compare our method with two very recently proposed methods CORE and COACH, which also capitalize on the core-attachment structure. We also discuss several instances to show that our predicted complexes clearly adhere to the core-attachment structure as revealed by Gavin et al.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-168
Number of pages10
JournalGenome informatics. International Conference on Genome Informatics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished or Issued - Oct 2009

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