Publications
Accurate Prediction of Hydration Sites of Proteins Using Energy Model With Atom Embedding
Sep 20,  2021

We propose a method based on neural networks to accurately predict hydration sites in proteins. In our approach, high-quality data of protein structures are used to parametrize our neural network model, which is a differentiable score function that can evaluate an arbitrary position in 3D structures on proteins and predict the nearest water molecule that is not present. The score function is further integrated into our water placement algorithm to generate explicit hydration sites. In experiments on the OppA protein dataset used in previous studies and our selection of protein structures, our method achieves the highest model quality in terms of F1 score, compared to several previous studies.

Molecular modeling with machine-learned universal potential functions
Apr 21,  2021

Molecular modeling is an important topic in drug discovery. Decades of research have led to the development of high quality scalable molecular force fields.

In this paper, we show that neural networks can be used to train a universal approximator for energy potential functions.

By incorporating a fully automated training process we have been able to train smooth, differentiable, and predictive potential functions on large-scale crystal structures. A variety of tests have also been performed to show the superiority and versatility of the machine-learned model.

Chemi-Net: A molecular graph convolutional network for accurate drug property prediction
Mar 16,  2018
Figure. Left panel: Percentage R2 improvement over Cubist using Chemi-Net. Right panel: Overall network architecture. Absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME) studies are critical for drug discovery. Conventionally, these tasks, together with other chemical property predictions, rely on domain-specific feature descriptors, or fingerprints. Following the recent success of neural networks, Accutar Biotech developed Chemi-Net, a completely data-driven, domain knowledge-free, deep learning method for ADME property prediction. To compare the relative performance of Chemi-Net with Cubist, one of the popular machine-learning programs used by Amgen, a large-scale ADME property prediction study was performed on-site at Amgen. The results showed that our deep neural network method improved current methods by a large margin. Accutar Biotech foresee that the significantly increased accuracy of ADME prediction seen with Chemi-Net over Cubist will greatly accelerate drug discovery.
Prediction of amino acid side chain conformation using a deep neural network
Jul 26,  2017
A deep neural network based architecture was constructed to predict amino acid side chain conformation with unprecedented accuracy. Amino acid side chain conformation prediction is essential for protein homology modeling and protein design. Current widely-adopted methods use physics-based energy functions to evaluate side chain conformation. Here, using a deep neural network architecture without physics-based assumptions, we have demonstrated that side chain conformation prediction accuracy can be improved by more than 25%, especially for aromatic residues compared with current standard methods. More strikingly, the prediction method presented here is robust enough to identify individual conformational outliers from high resolution structures in a protein data bank without providing its structural factors. We envisage that our amino acid side chain predictor could be used as a quality-check step for future protein structure model validation and many other potential applications such as side chain assignment in Cryo-electron microscopy, crystallography model auto-building, protein folding and small molecule ligand docking.