We present a novel Java-based program denominated PeptiDesCalculator for computing peptide descriptors. These descriptors include: redefinitions of known protein parameters to suite the peptide domain, generalization schemes for the global descriptions of peptide characteristics, as well as empirical descriptors based on experimental evidence on peptide stability and interaction propensity. The PeptiDesCalculator software provides a user-friendly Graphical User Interface (GUI) and is parallelized to maximize the use of computational resources available in current work stations. The PeptiDesCalculator indices are employed in modeling 8 peptide bioactivity endpoints demonstrating satisfactory behavior. Moreover, we compare the performance of a support vector machine (SVM) classifier built using 15 PeptiDesCalculator indices with that of a recently reported deep neural network (DNN) antimicrobial activity classifier, demonstrating comparable test set performance notwithstanding the remarkably lower degree of freedom for the former. This software will facilitate the development of in silico models for the prediction of peptide properties.
Barigye Stephen J, Gómez-Ganau Sergi, Serrano-Candelas Eva, Gozalbes Rafael
PeptiDesCalculator, antimicrobial, machine learning, peptide