BioContrasts: extracting and exploiting protein-protein contrastive relations from biomedical literature

Motivation: Contrasts are useful conceptual vehicles for learning processes and exploratory research of the unknown. For example, contrastive information between proteins can reveal what similarities, divergences and relations there are of the two proteins, leading to invaluable insights for better understanding about the proteins. Such contrastive information are found to be reported in the biomedical literature. However, there have been no reported attempts in current biomedical text mining work that systematically extract and present such useful contrastive information from the literature for exploitation. Results: Our BioContrasts system extracts protein-protein contrastive information from MEDLINE abstracts and presents the information to biologists in a web-application for exploitation. Contrastive information are identified in the text abstracts with contrastive negation patterns such as 'A but not B'. A total of 799 169 pairs of contrastive expressions were successfully extracted from 2.5 million MEDLINE abstracts. Using grounding of contrastive protein names to Swiss-Prot entries, we were able to produce 41 471 pieces of contrasts between Swiss-Prot protein entries. These contrastive pieces of information are then presented via a user-friendly interactive web portal that can be exploited for applications such as the refinement of biological pathways. Availability: BioContrasts can be accessed at http://biocontrasts.i2r.a-star.edu.sg. It is also mirrored at http://biocontrasts.biopathway.org Supplementary information: Supplementary materials are available at Bioinformatics online. Contact: skng@i2r.a-star.edu.sg; park@cs.kaist.ac.kr.
Publisher
OXFORD UNIV PRESS
Issue Date
2006-03
Language
ENG
Description

The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at: http://bioinformatics.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/22/5/597

Keywords

DATABASE; UPDATE

Citation

BIOINFORMATICS, v.22, no.5, pp.597 - 605

ISSN
1367-4803
DOI
10.1093/bioinformatics/btk016
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/3131
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CS-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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