Genome-wide computational function prediction of Arabidopsis thaliana proteins by integration of multiple data sources

Although Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) is the best studied plant species, the biological role of one-third of its proteins is still unknown. We developed a probabilistic protein function prediction method that integrates information from sequences, protein-protein interactions, and gene expression. The method was applied to proteins from Arabidopsis. Evaluation of prediction performance showed that our method has improved performance compared with single source-based prediction approaches and two existing integration approaches. An innovative feature of our method is that it enables transfer of functional information between proteins that are not directly associated with each other. We provide novel function predictions for 5,807 proteins. Recent experimental studies confirmed several of the predictions. We highlight these in detail for proteins predicted to be involved in flowering and floral organ development.


Y.A.I. Kourmpetis, A.D.J. van Dijk, R.C.H.J. van Ham, C.J.F. ter Braak
Publication data (text): 
2011; 155 (1): 271-281
Published in: 
Plant Physiology
Date of publication: 
January, 2011
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