Hayat S, Peters C, Shu N, Tsirigos KD, Elofsson A
Bioinformatics 32 (10) 1571-1573 [2016-05-15; online 2016-01-23]
: Accurate topology prediction of transmembrane β-barrels is still an open question. Here, we present BOCTOPUS2, an improved topology prediction method for transmembrane β-barrels that can also identify the barrel domain, predict the topology and identify the orientation of residues in transmembrane β-strands. The major novelty of BOCTOPUS2 is the use of the dyad-repeat pattern of lipid and pore facing residues observed in transmembrane β-barrels. In a cross-validation test on a benchmark set of 42 proteins, BOCTOPUS2 predicts the correct topology in 69% of the proteins, an improvement of more than 10% over the best earlier method (BOCTOPUS) and in addition, it produces significantly fewer erroneous predictions on non-transmembrane β-barrel proteins. BOCTOPUS2 webserver along with full dataset and source code is available at http://boctopus.bioinfo.se/ : email@example.com Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.