Protein-Sol: a web tool for predicting protein solubility from sequence

Bioinformatics - 2017-10-01Hebditch M, Carballo-Amador MA, Charonis S, Curtis R, Warwicker J10.1093/bioinformatics/btx345
MotivationProtein solubility is an important property in industrial and therapeutic applications. Prediction is a challenge, despite a growing understanding of the relevant physicochemical properties.ResultsProtein-Sol is a web server for predicting protein solubility. Using available data for Escherichia coli protein solubility in a cell-free expression system, 35 sequence-based properties are calculated. Feature weights are determined from separation of low and high solubility subsets. The model returns a predicted solubility and an indication of the features which deviate most from average values. Two other properties are profiled in windowed calculation along the sequence: fold propensity, and net segment charge. The utility of these additional features is demonstrated with the example of thioredoxin.Availability and implementationThe Protein-Sol webserver is available at http://protein-sol.manchester.ac.uk.