Box-plot-and-instance representation of percentages of pEffect-predicted type III effectors

The type III secretion system is one of the causes of a wide range of bacterial infections in human, animals and plants. This system comprises a hollow needle-like structure localized on the surface of bacterial cells that injects specific bacterial proteins, the so-called effectors, directly into the cytoplasm of a host cell. During infection, effectors convert host resources to their advantage and promote pathogenicity.

We - Tatyana Goldberg, Burkhard Rost and Yana Bromberg - at BrombergLab and RostLab developed a novel method, pEffect that predicts bacterial type III effector proteins. In our method, we combine sequence-based homology searches (through PSI-BLAST) with advanced machine learning (Profile Kernel Support Vector Machines) to accurately predict effector proteins. We use information encoded in the entire protein sequence for our predictions.

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Download: Proteome predictions, data sets used and the standalone version of pEffect

Tatyana Goldberg
Tatyana Goldberg
PhD Student

I am a proud former scholar of the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk and also a guest editor of the F1000Research BioJS channel