The evolutionary dynamics of protein networks

Hai Fang, Julian Gough

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Although the accumulation of protein network data in a wide range of species provides a rich resource for understanding network evolution, exploiting such resources remains challenging. Difficulty in defining orthologous relationships and the noisy and incomplete nature of protein network data [1] are both major obstacles. To overcome the first, we took a domain-based view of the proteome, with domains of known (3D) structure as nodes in the network. This not only provides a structural basis for the interactions, but simplifies the question of orthology. The second is mitigated by an FDR-based statistical inference of the underlying protein domain network from multiple domain interactions between all proteins in the genome. Thus the negative influence of noisy interactions is reduced. The comparisons of these domain networks are also less susceptible to low coverage of networks, especially in less-studied species.
Translated title of the contributionThe evolutionary dynamics of protein networks
Original languageEnglish
Article number12
Number of pages2
JournalGenome Biology
Volume11 (Suppl 1)
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2010


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