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Automated enzyme classification by formal concept analysis

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  • François Coste
  • Gaëlle Garet
  • Agnès Groisillier
  • Jacques Nicolas
  • Thierry Tonon


Publication details

Title of host publicationFormal Concept Analysis - 12th International Conference, ICFCA 2014, Proceedings
DatePublished - 1 Jan 2014
Number of pages16
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Print)9783319072470

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8478 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Enzymes are macro-molecules (linear sequences of linked molecules) with a catalytic activity that make them essential for any biochemical reaction. High throughput genomic techniques give access to the sequence of new enzymes found in living organisms. Guessing the enzyme's functional activity from its sequence is a crucial task that can be approached by comparing the new sequences with those of already known enzymes labeled by a family class. This task is difficult because the activity is based on a combination of small sequence patterns and sequences greatly evolved over time. This paper presents a classifier based on the identification of common subsequence blocks between known and new enzymes and the search of formal concepts built on the cross product of blocks and sequences for each class. Since new enzyme families may emerge, it is important to propose a first classification of enzymes that cannot be assigned to a known family. FCA offers a nice framework to set the task as an optimization problem on the set of concepts. The classifier has been tested with success on a particular set of enzymes present in a large variety of species, the haloacid dehalogenase superfamily.

    Research areas

  • bioinformatics, FCA application, protein classification

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