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Antibody interface prediction with 3D Zernike descriptors and SVM.

A new interesting article has been published in Bioinformatics. 2018 Nov 5. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/bty918. [Epub ahead of print] and titled:

Antibody interface prediction with 3D Zernike descriptors and SVM.

Authors of this article are:

Daberdaku S, Ferrari C.

A summary of the article is shown below:

Motivation: Antibodies are a class of proteins capable of specifically recognizing and binding to a virtually infinite number of antigens. This binding malleability makes them the most valuable category of biopharmaceuticals for both diagnostic and therapeutic applications. The correct identification of the antigen-binding residues in the antibody is crucial for all antibody design and engineering techniques and could also help to understand the complex antigen binding mechanisms. However, the antibody-binding interface prediction field appears to be still rather underdeveloped.Results: We present a novel method for antibody interface prediction from their experimentally-solved structures based on 3D Zernike Descriptors. Roto-translationally invariant descriptors are computed from circular patches of the antibody surface enriched with a chosen subset of physicochemical properties from the AAindex1 amino acid index set, and are used as samples for a binary classification problem. An SVM classifier is used to distinguish interface surface patches from non-interface ones. The proposed method was shown to outperform other antigen-binding interface prediction software.Availability: Linux binaries and Python scripts are available at The datasets generated and/or analysed during the current study are available at information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

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