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On Mining Protein Unfolding Simulation Data with Inductive Logic Programming

  • Rui Camacho
  • Alexssander Alves
  • Cândida G. Silva
  • Rui M. M. Brito
Part of the Advances in Soft Computing book series (AINSC, volume 49)

Summary

The detailed study of folding and unfolding events in proteins is becoming central to develop rational therapeutic strategies against maladies such as Alzheimer and Parkinson disease. A promising approach to study the unfolding processes of proteins is through computer simulations. However, these computer simulations generate huge amounts of data that require computational methods for their analysis.

In this paper we report on the use of Inductive Logic Programming (ILP) techniques to analyse the trajectories of protein unfolding simulations. The paper describes ongoing work on one of several problems of interest in the protein unfolding setting. The problem we address here is that of explaining what makes secondary structure elements to break down during the unfolding process. We tackle such problem collecting examples of contexts where secondary structures break and (automatically) constructing rules that may be used to suggest the explanations.

Keywords

Inductive Logic Programming Protein Unfolding 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rui Camacho
    • 1
  • Alexssander Alves
    • 1
  • Cândida G. Silva
    • 2
  • Rui M. M. Brito
    • 2
  1. 1.LIAAD & Faculdade de EngenhariaUniversidade do PortoPortugal
  2. 2.Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science and Technology and Center for Neuroscience and Cell BiologyUniversity of CoimbraPortugal

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