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Entropy based distance cutoff for protein internal contact networks
  • Marcin Sobieraj,
  • Piotr Setny
Marcin Sobieraj
University of Warsaw Centre of New Technologies

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Piotr Setny
University of Warsaw
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Protein structure networks (PSNs) have long been used to provide a coarse yet meaningful representation of protein structure, dynamics, and internal communication pathways. An important question is what criteria should be applied to construct the network so that to include relevant interresidue contacts while avoiding unnecessary connections. To address this issue we systematically considered varying residue distance cutoff length and the probability threshold for contact formation to construct PSNs based on atomistic molecular dynamics in order to assess the amount of mutual information within the resulting representations. We found that the minimum in mutual information is universally achieved at the cutoff length of 5 Å, irrespective of the applied contact formation probability threshold in all considered, distinct proteins. Assuming that the optimal PSNs should be characterised by the least amount of redundancy, which corresponds to the minimum in mutual information, this finding suggests an objective criterion for cutoff distance and supports the existing preference towards its customary selection around 5 Å length, typically based to date on heuristic criteria.
19 Dec 2020Submitted to PROTEINS: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics
29 Dec 2020Submission Checks Completed
29 Dec 2020Assigned to Editor
19 Jan 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
18 Mar 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
07 May 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
14 May 20211st Revision Received
18 May 2021Submission Checks Completed
18 May 2021Assigned to Editor
19 May 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
19 May 2021Editorial Decision: Accept