Protein clustering on a Grassmann manifold

Chendra Hadi Suryanto, Hiroto Saigo, Kazuhiro Fukui

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We propose a new method for clustering 3D protein structures. In our method, the 3D structure of a protein is represented by a linear subspace, which is generated using PCA from the set of synthesized multi-view images of the protein. The similarity of two protein structures is then defined by the canonical angles between the corresponding subspaces. The merit of this approach is that we can avoid the difficulties of protein structure alignments because this similarity measure does not rely on the precise alignment and geometry of each alpha carbon atom. In this approach, we tackle the protein structure clustering problem by considering the set of subspaces corresponding to the various proteins. The clustering of subspaces with the same dimension is equivalent to the clustering of a corresponding set of points on a Grassmann manifold. Therefore, we call our approach the Grassmannian Protein Clustering Method (GPCM). We evaluate the effectiveness of our method through experiments on the clustering of randomly selected proteins from the Protein Data Bank into four classes: alpha, beta, alpha/beta, alpha+beta (with multi-domain protein). The results show that GPCM outperforms the k-means clustering with Gauss Integrals Tuned, which is a state-of-the-art descriptor of protein structure.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPattern Recognition in Bioinformatics - 7th IAPR International Conference, PRIB 2012, Proceedings
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event7th IAPR International Conference on Pattern Recognition in Bioinformatics, PRIB 2012 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: Nov 8 2012Nov 10 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume7632 LNBI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other7th IAPR International Conference on Pattern Recognition in Bioinformatics, PRIB 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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