EvoPPI 1.0: a Web Platform for Within- and Between-Species Multiple Interactome Comparisons and Application to Nine PolyQ Proteins Determining Neurodegenerative Diseases

  • Noé Vázquez
  • Sara Rocha
  • Hugo López-FernándezEmail author
  • André Torres
  • Rui Camacho
  • Florentino Fdez-Riverola
  • Jorge Vieira
  • Cristina P. Vieira
  • Miguel Reboiro-Jato
Original Research Article


Protein–protein interaction (PPI) data is essential to elucidate the complex molecular relationships in living systems, and thus understand the biological functions at cellular and systems levels. The complete map of PPIs that can occur in a living organism is called the interactome. For animals, PPI data is stored in multiple databases (e.g., BioGRID, CCSB, DroID, FlyBase, HIPPIE, HitPredict, HomoMINT, INstruct, Interactome3D, mentha, MINT, and PINA2) with different formats. This makes PPI comparisons difficult to perform, especially between species, since orthologous proteins may have different names. Moreover, there is only a partial overlap between databases, even when considering a single species. The EvoPPI ( web application presented in this paper allows comparison of data from the different databases at the species level, or between species using a BLAST approach. We show its usefulness by performing a comparative study of the interactome of the nine polyglutamine (polyQ) disease proteins, namely androgen receptor (AR), atrophin-1 (ATN1), ataxin 1 (ATXN1), ataxin 2 (ATXN2), ataxin 3 (ATXN3), ataxin 7 (ATXN7), calcium voltage-gated channel subunit alpha1 A (CACNA1A), Huntingtin (HTT), and TATA-binding protein (TBP). Here we show that none of the human interactors of these proteins is common to all nine interactomes. Only 15 proteins are common to at least 4 of these polyQ disease proteins, and 40% of these are involved in ubiquitin protein ligase-binding function. The results obtained in this study suggest that polyQ disease proteins are involved in different functional networks. Comparisons with Mus musculus PPIs are also made for AR and TBP, using EvoPPI BLAST search approach (a unique feature of EvoPPI), with the goal of understanding why there is a significant excess of common interactors for these proteins in humans.


Protein–protein interactions databases Inter-specific comparisons PolyQ disease proteins 



This article is a result of the project Norte-01-0145-FEDER-000008—Porto Neurosciences and Neurologic Disease Research Initiative at I3S, supported by Norte Portugal Regional Operational Programme (NORTE 2020), under the PORTUGAL 2020 Partnership Agreement, through the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER). Sara Rocha is also supported by this project. H. López-Fernández is supported by a post-doctoral fellowship from Xunta de Galicia (ED481B 2016/068-0). SING group thanks Centro de Investigación, Transferencia e Innovación (CITI) from University of Vigo for hosting its IT infrastructure. Financial support from the Xunta de Galicia (Centro singular de investigación de Galicia accreditation 2016–2019) and the European Union (European Regional Development Fund—ERDF), is gratefully acknowledged.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Noé Vázquez
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sara Rocha
    • 3
    • 4
  • Hugo López-Fernández
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    Email author
  • André Torres
    • 3
    • 4
  • Rui Camacho
    • 6
  • Florentino Fdez-Riverola
    • 1
    • 2
    • 5
  • Jorge Vieira
    • 3
    • 4
  • Cristina P. Vieira
    • 3
    • 4
  • Miguel Reboiro-Jato
    • 1
    • 2
    • 5
  1. 1.ESEI-Escuela Superior de Ingeniería InformáticaUniversidad de VigoOurenseSpain
  2. 2.Centro de Investigaciones Biomédicas (Centro Singular de Investigación de Galicia)VigoSpain
  3. 3.Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde (I3S)Universidade do PortoPortoPortugal
  4. 4.Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular (IBMC)PortoPortugal
  5. 5.SING Research GroupGalicia Sur Health Research Institute (IIS Galicia Sur), SERGAS-UVIGOVigoSpain
  6. 6.LIAAD and DEI and Faculdade de EngenhariaUniversidade do PortoPortoPortugal

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