PPAI: a web server for predicting protein-aptamer interactions

Jianwei LiJunhua Gu


Background: The interactions between proteins and aptamers are prevalent in organisms and play an important role in various life activities. Thanks to the rapid accumulation of protein-aptamer interaction data, it is necessary and feasible to construct an accurate and effective computational model to predict aptamers binding to certain interested proteins and protein-aptamer interactions, which is beneficial for understanding mechanisms of protein-aptamer interactions and improving aptamer-based therapies. Results: In this study, a novel web server named PPAI is developed to predict aptamers and protein-aptamer interactions with key sequence features of proteins/aptamers and a machine learning framework integrated adaboost and random forest. A new method for extracting several key sequence features of both proteins and aptamers is presented, where the features for proteins are extracted from amino acid composition, pseudo-amino acid composition, grouped amino acid composition, C/T/D composition and sequence-order-coupling number, while the features for aptamers are extracted from nucleotide composition, pseudo-nucleotide composition (PseKNC) and Moreau-Broto autocorrelation coefficient. On the basis of these feature sets and ba...Continue Reading

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