Surface-based protein domains retrieval methods from a SHREC2021 challenge

Florent Langenfeld*, Tunde Aderinwale, Charles Christoffer, Woong Hee Shin, Genki Terashi, Xiao Wang, Daisuke Kihara, Halim Benhabiles, Karim Hammoudi, Adnane Cabani, Feryal Windal, Mahmoud Melkemi, Ekpo Otu, Reyer Zwiggelaar, David Hunter, Yonghuai Liu, Léa Sirugue, Huu Nghia H. Nguyen, Tuan Duy H. Nguyen, Vinh Thuyen Nguyen-TruongDanh Le, Hai Dang Nguyen, Minh Triet Tran, Matthieu Montès

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Proteins are essential to nearly all cellular mechanism and the effectors of the cells activities. As such, they often interact through their surface with other proteins or other cellular ligands such as ions or organic molecules. The evolution generates plenty of different proteins, with unique abilities, but also proteins with related functions hence similar 3D surface properties (shape, physico-chemical properties, . . . ). The protein surfaces are therefore of primary importance for their activity. In the present work, we assess the ability of different methods to detect such similarities based on the geometry of the protein surfaces (described as 3D meshes), using either their shape only, or their shape and the electrostatic potential (a biologically relevant property of proteins surface). Five different groups participated in this contest using the shape-only dataset, and one group extended its pre-existing method to handle the electrostatic potential. Our comparative study reveals both the ability of the methods to detect related proteins and their difficulties to distinguish between highly related proteins. Our study allows also to analyze the putative influence of electrostatic information in addition to the one of protein shapes alone. Finally, the discussion permits to expose the results with respect to ones obtained in the previous contests for the extended method. The source codes of each presented method have been made available online.
Original languageEnglish
Article number108103
JournalJournal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling
Early online date21 Dec 2021
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022


  • SHREC2021
  • Proteins surface
  • 2000 MSC: 92-08


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