IDNAProt-ES: Identification of DNA-binding Proteins Using Evolutionary and Structural Features

Shahana Yasmin Chowdhury, Swakkhar Shatabda, Abdollah Dehzangi

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DNA-binding proteins play a very important role in the structural composition of the DNA. In addition, they regulate and effect various cellular processes like transcription, DNA replication, DNA recombination, repair and modification. The experimental methods used to identify DNA-binding proteins are expensive and time consuming and thus attracted researchers from computational field to address the problem. In this paper, we present iDNAProt-ES, a DNA-binding protein prediction method that utilizes both sequence based evolutionary and structure based features of proteins to identify their DNA-binding functionality. We used recursive feature elimination to extract an optimal set of features and train them using Support Vector Machine (SVM) with linear kernel to select the final model. Our proposed method significantly outperforms the existing state-of-the-art predictors on standard benchmark dataset. The accuracy of the predictor is 90.18% using jack knife test and 88.87% using 10-fold cross validation on the benchmark dataset. The accuracy of the predictor on the independent dataset is 80.64% which is also significantly better than the state-of-the-art methods. iDNAProt-ES is a novel prediction method that uses evolutionary and structural based features. We believe the superior performance of iDNAProt-ES will motivate the researchers to use this method to identify DNA-binding proteins. iDNAProt-ES is publicly available as a web server at:

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number14938
JournalScientific reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General


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