Systematic study of protein sumoylation: Development of a site-specific predictor of SUMOsp 2.0

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  • Jian Ren,

    1. Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale and School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, P. R. China
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  • Xinjiao Gao,

    1. Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale and School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, P. R. China
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  • Changjiang Jin,

    1. Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale and School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, P. R. China
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  • Mei Zhu,

    1. Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale and School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, P. R. China
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  • Xiwei Wang,

    1. Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale and School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, P. R. China
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  • Andrew Shaw,

    1. Department of Physiology and Cancer Biology Program, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA
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  • Longping Wen,

    1. Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale and School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, P. R. China
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  • Xuebiao Yao,

    1. Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale and School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, P. R. China
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  • Yu Xue

    Corresponding author
    1. Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale and School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, P. R. China
    • Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale and School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230027, P. R. China Fax: 551-3607821
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Abstract

Protein sumoylation is an important reversible post-translational modification on proteins, and orchestrates a variety of cellular processes. Recently, computational prediction of sumoylation sites has attracted much attention for its cost-efficiency and power in genomic data mining. In this work, we developed SUMOsp 2.0, an accurate computing program with an improved group-based phosphorylation scoring algorithm. Our analysis demonstrated that SUMOsp 2.0 has greater prediction accuracy than SUMOsp 1.0 and other existing tools, with a sensitivity of 88.17% and a specificity of 92.69% under the medium threshold. Previously, several large-scale experiments have identified a list of potential sumoylated substrates in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Homo sapiens; however, the exact sumoylation sites in most of these proteins remain elusive. We have predicted potential sumoylation sites in these proteins using SUMOsp 2.0, which provides a great resource for researchers and an outline for further mechanistic studies of sumoylation in cellular plasticity and dynamics. The online service and local packages of SUMOsp 2.0 are freely available at: http://sumosp.biocuckoo.org/.

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