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A unified representation of multi-protein complex data for modelling interaction networks

  • Author(s): Ding, Chris;
  • He, Xiaofeng;
  • Meraz, Richard F.;
  • Holbrook, Stephen R.
  • et al.

The protein interaction network presents one perspective for understanding cellular processes. Recent experiments employing high-throughput mass spectrometric characterizations have resulted in large datasets of physiologically relevant multi-protein complexes. We present a unified representation of such datasets based on an underlying bipartite graph model that is an advance on existing models of the network. Our unified representation allows for weighting of connections between proteins shared in more than one complex as well as addressing the higher level of organization that occurs when the network is viewed as consisting of protein complexes that share components. This representation also allows for the application of the rigorous MinMaxCut graph clustering algorithm for the determination of relevant protein modules in the networks. Statistically significant annotations of clusters in the protein-protein and complex-complex network using terms from the Gene Ontology suggest that this method will be useful for posing hypothesis about uncharacterized components of protein complexes or uncharacterized relationships between protein complexes.

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