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Massively parallel interrogation of protein fragment secretability using SECRiFY reveals features influencing secretory system transit

By Morgane Boone, Pathmanaban Ramasamy, Jasper Zuallaert, Robbin Bouwmeester, Berre Van Moer, Davy Maddelein, Demet Turan, Niels Hulstraert, Hannah Eeckhout, Elien Vandermarliere, Lennart Martens, Sven Degroeve, Wesley De Neve, Wim F Vranken, Nico Callewaert

Posted 14 Jan 2018
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/241349

While transcriptome- and proteome-wide technologies to assess processes in protein biogenesis are now widely available, we still lack global approaches to assay post-ribosomal biogenesis events, in particular those occurring in the eukaryotic secretory system. We here developed a method, SECRiFY, to simultaneously assess the secretability of >105 protein fragments by two yeast species, S. cerevisiae and P. pastoris, using custom fragment libraries, surface display and a sequencing-based readout. Screening human proteome fragments with a median size of 50 - 100 amino acids, we generated datasets that enable datamining into protein features underlying secretability, revealing a striking role for intrinsic disorder and chain flexibility. SECRiFY is the first methodology that generates sufficient amounts of annotated data for advanced machine learning methods to deduce secretability predictors. The finding that secretability is indeed a learnable feature of protein sequences is of significant impact in the broad area of recombinant protein expression and de novo protein design.

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