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In Cell systems

Complex networks of regulatory relationships between protein kinases comprise a major component of intracellular signaling. Although many kinase-kinase regulatory relationships have been described in detail, these tend to be limited to well-studied kinases whereas the majority of possible relationships remains unexplored. Here, we implement a data-driven, supervised machine learning method to predict human kinase-kinase regulatory relationships and whether they have activating or inhibiting effects. We incorporate high-throughput data, kinase specificity profiles, and structural information to produce our predictions. The results successfully recapitulate previously annotated regulatory relationships and can reconstruct known signaling pathways from the ground up. The full network of predictions is relatively sparse, with the vast majority of relationships assigned low probabilities. However, it nevertheless suggests denser modes of inter-kinase regulation than normally considered in intracellular signaling research. A record of this paper's transparent peer review process is included in the Supplemental Information.

Invergo Brandon M, Petursson Borgthor, Akhtar Nosheen, Bradley David, Giudice Girolamo, Hijazi Maruan, Cutillas Pedro, Petsalaki Evangelia, Beltrao Pedro


intracellular signaling, machine learning, phosphorylation, protein kinase, signaling networks