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Data Mining in Genomics and Proteomics

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Volume 2005 |Article ID 930240 |

Xiang Chen, Robert F. Murphy, "Objective Clustering of Proteins Based on Subcellular Location Patterns", BioMed Research International, vol. 2005, Article ID 930240, 9 pages, 2005.

Objective Clustering of Proteins Based on Subcellular Location Patterns

Received08 Sep 2004
Accepted04 Nov 2004


The goal of proteomics is the complete characterization of all proteins. Efforts to characterize subcellular location have been limited to assigning proteins to general categories of organelles. We have previously designed numerical features to describe location patterns in microscope images and developed automated classifiers that distinguish major subcellular patterns with high accuracy (including patterns not distinguishable by visual examination). The results suggest the feasibility of automatically determining which proteins share a single location pattern in a given cell type. We describe an automated method that selects the best feature set to describe images for a given collection of proteins and constructs an effective partitioning of the proteins by location. An example for a limited protein set is presented. As additional data become available, this approach can produce for the first time an objective systematics for protein location and provide an important starting point for discovering sequence motifs that determine localization.

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