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MaRaCluster: A Fragment Rarity Metric for Clustering Fragment Spectra in Shotgun Proteomics
KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Gene Technology. KTH, Centres, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5401-5553
KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Gene Technology. KTH, Centres, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5689-9797
2016 (English)In: Journal of Proteome Research, ISSN 1535-3893, E-ISSN 1535-3907, Vol. 15, no 3, 713-720 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Shotgun proteomics experiments generate large amounts of fragment spectra as primary data, normally with high redundancy between and within experiments. Here, we have devised a clustering technique to identify fragment spectra stemming from the same species of peptide. This is a powerful alternative method to traditional search engines for analyzing spectra, specifically useful for larger scale mass spectrometry studies. As an aid in this process, we propose a distance calculation relying on the rarity of experimental fragment peaks, following the intuition that peaks shared by only a few spectra offer more evidence than peaks shared by a large number of spectra. We used this distance calculation and a complete-linkage scheme to cluster data from a recent large-scale mass spectrometry-based study. The clusterings produced by our method have up to 40% more identified peptides for their consensus spectra compared to those produced by the previous state-of-the-art method. We see that our method would advance the construction of spectral libraries as well as serve as a tool for mining large sets of fragment spectra. The source code and Ubuntu binary packages are available at statisticalbiotechnology/maracluster (under an Apache 2.0 license).

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American Chemical Society (ACS), 2016. Vol. 15, no 3, 713-720 p.
Keyword [en]
Mass spectrometry, proteomics, hierarchical clustering bioinformatics, database search, spectral archives, spectral libraries
National Category
Bioinformatics (Computational Biology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-184544DOI: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.5b00749ISI: 000371754100005PubMedID: 26653874ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84960456163OAI: diva2:917308
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Available from: 2016-04-06 Created: 2016-04-01 Last updated: 2016-04-12Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Statistical and machine learning methods to analyze large-scale mass spectrometry data
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Statistical and machine learning methods to analyze large-scale mass spectrometry data
2016 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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As in many other fields, biology is faced with enormous amounts ofdata that contains valuable information that is yet to be extracted. The field of proteomics, the study of proteins, has the luxury of having large repositories containing data from tandem mass-spectrometry experiments, readily accessible for everyone who is interested. At the same time, there is still a lot to discover about proteins as the main actors in cell processes and cell signaling.

In this thesis, we explore several methods to extract more information from the available data using methods from statistics and machine learning. In particular, we introduce MaRaCluster, a new method for clustering mass spectra on large-scale datasets. This method uses statistical methods to assess similarity between mass spectra, followed by the conservative complete-linkage clustering algorithm.The combination of these two resulted in up to 40% more peptide identifications on its consensus spectra compared to the state of the art method.

Second, we attempt to clarify and promote protein-level false discovery rates (FDRs). Frequently, studies fail to report protein-level FDRs even though the proteins are actually the entities of interest. We provided a framework in which to discuss protein-level FDRs in a systematic manner to open up the discussion and take away potential hesitance. We also benchmarked some scalable protein inference methods and included the best one in the Percolator package. Furthermore, we added functionality to the Percolator package to accommodate the analysis of studies in which many runs are aggregated. This reduced the run time for a recent study regarding a draft human proteome from almost a full day to just 10 minutes on a commodity computer, resulting in a list of proteins together with their corresponding protein-level FDRs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2016. vi, 44 p.
TRITA-BIO-Report, ISSN 1654-2312 ; 2016:3
mass spectrometry - LC-MS/MS, statistical analysis, data processing and analysis, protein inference, large-scale studies, simulation
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Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-185149 (URN)978-91-7595-933-7 (ISBN)
2016-05-03, Pascal, våning 6 i Gamma-huset, Science for Life Laboratory, Tomtebodavägen 23, Solna, 13:00 (English)

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Available from: 2016-04-12 Created: 2016-04-11 Last updated: 2016-04-12Bibliographically approved

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