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DOMINE: a database of protein domain interactions

Balaji Raghavachari, Asba Tasneem, Teresa M. Przytycka, Raja Jothi
2007 Nucleic Acids Research  
DOMINE is a database of known and predicted protein domain interactions compiled from a variety of sources. The database contains domain-domain interactions observed in PDB entries, and those that were predicted by eight different computational approaches. DOMINE contains a total of 20 513 unique domain-domain interactions among 4036 Pfam domains, out of which 4349 are inferred from PDB entries and 17 781 were predicted by at least one computational approach. This database will serve as a
more » ... le resource to those working in the field of protein and domain interactions. DOMINE may not only serve as a reference to experimentalists who test for new protein and domain interactions, but also offers a consolidated dataset for analysis by bioinformaticians who seek to test ideas regarding the underlying factors that control the topological structure of interaction networks. DOMINE is freely available at
doi:10.1093/nar/gkm761 pmid:17913741 pmcid:PMC2238965 fatcat:zayfjpmhkvgy3e53rgiqeoxcbu

Compliance with Results Reporting at

Monique L. Anderson, Karen Chiswell, Eric D. Peterson, Asba Tasneem, James Topping, Robert M. Califf
2015 New England Journal of Medicine  
The Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act (FDAAA) mandates timely reporting of results of applicable clinical trials to We characterized the proportion of applicable clinical trials with publicly available results and determined independent factors associated with the reporting of results. Methods Using an algorithm based on input from the National Library of Medicine, we identified trials that were likely to be subject to FDAAA provisions (highly likely applicable
more » ... ical trials, or HLACTs) from 2008 through 2013. We determined the proportion of HLACTs that reported results within the 12-month interval mandated by the FDAAA or at any time during the 5-year study period. We used regression models to examine characteristics associated with reporting at 12 months and throughout the 5-year study period. Results From all the trials at, we identified 13,327 HLACTs that were terminated or completed from January 1, 2008, through August 31, 2012. Of these trials, 77.4% were classified as drug trials. A total of 36.9% of the trials were phase 2 studies, and 23.4% were phase 3 studies; 65.6% were funded by industry. Only 13.4% of trials reported summary results within 12 months after trial completion, whereas 38.3% reported results at any time up to September 27, 2013. Timely reporting was independently associated with factors such as FDA oversight, a later trial phase, and industry funding. A sample review suggested that 45% of industryfunded trials were not required to report results, as compared with 6% of trials funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and 9% of trials that were funded by other government or academic institutions. Conclusions Despite ethical and legal obligations to disclose findings promptly, most HLACTs did not report results to in a timely fashion during the study period. Industry-funded trials adhered to legal obligations more often than did trials funded by the NIH or other government or academic institutions. (Funded by the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative and the NIH.) The New England Journal of Medicine Downloaded from on March 12, 2015. For personal use only. No other uses without permission.
doi:10.1056/nejmsa1409364 pmid:25760355 pmcid:PMC4508873 fatcat:lk35eorprvdh5kxgcppjy7xdye

DOMINE: a comprehensive collection of known and predicted domain-domain interactions

Sailu Yellaboina, Asba Tasneem, Dmitri V. Zaykin, Balaji Raghavachari, Raja Jothi
2010 Nucleic Acids Research  
DOMINE is a comprehensive collection of known and predicted domain-domain interactions (DDIs) compiled from 15 different sources. The updated DOMINE includes 2285 new domain-domain interactions (DDIs) inferred from experimentally characterized high-resolution three-dimensional structures, and about 3500 novel predictions by five computational approaches published over the last 3 years. These additions bring the total number of unique DDIs in the updated version to 26 219 among 5140 unique Pfam
more » ... omains, a 23% increase compared to 20 513 unique DDIs among 4346 unique domains in the previous version. The updated version now contains 6634 known DDIs, and features a new classification scheme to assign confidence levels to predicted DDIs. DOMINE will serve as a valuable resource to those studying protein and domain interactions. Most importantly, DOMINE will not only serve as an excellent reference to bench scientists testing for new interactions but also to bioinformaticans seeking to predict novel protein-protein interactions based on the DDIs. The contents of the DOMINE are available at http://
doi:10.1093/nar/gkq1229 pmid:21113022 pmcid:PMC3013741 fatcat:7thprdvunnfdrfbcqhigcjfxju

The State of Infectious Diseases Clinical Trials: A Systematic Review of

Neela D. Goswami, Christopher D. Pfeiffer, John R. Horton, Karen Chiswell, Asba Tasneem, Ephraim L. Tsalik, Tim Friede
2013 PLoS ONE  
There is a paucity of clinical trials informing specific questions faced by infectious diseases (ID) specialists. The registry offers an opportunity to evaluate the ID clinical trials portfolio. Methods: We examined 40,970 interventional trials registered with from 2007-2010, focusing on study conditions and interventions to identify ID-related trials. Relevance to ID was manually confirmed for each programmatically identified trial, yielding 3570 ID trials
more » ... and 37,400 non-ID trials for analysis. Results: The number of ID trials was similar to the number of trials identified as belonging to cardiovascular medicine (n = 3437) or mental health (n = 3695) specialties. Slightly over half of ID trials were treatment-oriented trials (53%, vs. 77% for non-ID trials) followed by prevention (38%, vs. 8% in non-ID trials). ID trials tended to be larger than those of other specialties, with a median enrollment of 125 subjects (interquartile range [IQR], 45-400) vs. 60 (IQR, 30-160) for non-ID trials. Most ID studies are randomized (73%) but nonblinded (56%). Industry was the funding source in 51% of ID trials vs. 10% that were primarily NIH-funded. HIV-AIDS trials constitute the largest subset of ID trials (n = 815 [23%]), followed by influenza vaccine (n = 375 [11%]), and hepatitis C (n = 339 [9%]) trials. Relative to U.S. and global mortality rates, HIV-AIDS and hepatitis C virus trials are over-represented, whereas lower respiratory tract infection trials are under-represented in this large sample of ID clinical trials. Conclusions: This work is the first to characterize ID clinical trials registered in, providing a framework to discuss prioritization, methodology, and policy.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0077086 pmid:24146958 pmcid:PMC3797691 fatcat:oh3tt54pmjforok74j64xdxa4q

Recent Clinical Trials in Osteoporosis: A Firm Foundation or Falling Short?

Karen Barnard, Wanda C. Lakey, Bryan C. Batch, Karen Chiswell, Asba Tasneem, Jennifer B. Green, Martijn van Griensven
2016 PLoS ONE  
The global burden of osteoporotic fractures is associated with significant morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs. We examined the database to determine whether recently registered clinical trials addressed prevention and treatment in those at high risk for fracture. A dataset of 96,346 trials registered in was downloaded on September 27, 2010. At the time of the dataset download, 40,970 interventional trials had been registered since October 1, 2007.
more » ... e osteoporosis subset comprised 239 interventional trials (0.6%). Those trials evaluating orthopedic procedures were excluded. The primary purpose was treatment in 67.0%, prevention in 20.1%, supportive care in 5.8%, diagnostic in 2.2%, basic science in 3.1%, health services research in 0.9%, and screening in 0.9%. The majority of studies (61.1%) included drug-related interventions. Most trials (56.9%) enrolled only women, 38.9% of trials were open to both men and women, and 4.2% enrolled only men. Roughly one fifth (19.7%) of trials excluded research participants older than 65 years, and 33.5% of trials excluded those older than 75 years. The funding sources were industry in 51.0%, the National Institutes of Health in 6.3%, and other in 42.7%. We found that most osteoporosis-related trials registered from October 2007 through September 2010 examined the efficacy and safety of drug treatment, and fewer trials examined prevention and non-drug interventions. Trials of interventions that are not required to be registered in may be underrepresented. Few trials are specifically studying osteoporosis in men and older adults. Recently registered osteoporosis trials may not sufficiently address fracture prevention.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0156068 pmid:27191848 pmcid:PMC4871563 fatcat:6tz2gehxlnf4zgfpfrjm56qisa

COCO-CL: hierarchical clustering of homology relations based on evolutionary correlations

Raja Jothi, Elena Zotenko, Asba Tasneem, Teresa M. Przytycka
2006 Computer applications in the biosciences : CABIOS  
Motivation: Determining orthology relations among genes across multiple genomes is an important problem in the post-genomic era. Identifying orthologous genes can not only help predict functional annotations for newly sequenced or poorly characterized genomes, but can also help predict new protein-protein interactions. Unfortunately, determining orthology relation through computational methods is not straightforward due to the presence of paralogs. Traditional approaches have relied on pairwise
more » ... sequence comparisons to construct graphs, which were then partitioned into putative clusters of orthologous groups. These methods do not attempt to preserve the non-transitivity and hierarchic nature of the orthology relation. Results: We propose a new method, COCO-CL, for hierarchical clustering of homology relations and identification of orthologous groups of genes. Unlike previous approaches, which are based on pairwise sequence comparisons, our method explores the correlation of evolutionary histories of individual genes in a more global context. COCO-CL can be used as a semi-independent method to delineate the orthology/ paralogy relation for a refined set of homologous proteins obtained using a less-conservative clustering approach, or as a refiner that removes putative out-paralogs from clusters computed using a more inclusive approach. We analyze our clustering results manually, with support from literature and functional annotations. Since our orthology determination procedure does not employ a species tree to infer duplication events, it can be used in situations when the species tree is unknown or uncertain. Contact:
doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btl009 pmid:16434444 pmcid:PMC1620014 fatcat:qndlgpbim5de5dahdavqscea7u

The Database for Aggregate Analysis of (AACT) and Subsequent Regrouping by Clinical Specialty

Asba Tasneem, Laura Aberle, Hari Ananth, Swati Chakraborty, Karen Chiswell, Brian J. McCourt, Ricardo Pietrobon, Joel Joseph Gagnier
2012 PLoS ONE  
The registry provides information regarding characteristics of past, current, and planned clinical studies to patients, clinicians, and researchers; in addition, registry data are available for bulk download. However, issues related to data structure, nomenclature, and changes in data collection over time present challenges to the aggregate analysis and interpretation of these data in general and to the analysis of trials according to clinical specialty in particular.
more » ... g usability of these data could enhance the utility of as a research resource. Methods/Principal Results: The purpose of our project was twofold. First, we sought to extend the usability of for research purposes by developing a database for aggregate analysis of (AACT) that contains data from the 96,346 clinical trials registered as of September 27, 2010. Second, we developed and validated a methodology for annotating studies by clinical specialty, using a custom taxonomy employing Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) terms applied by an NLM algorithm, as well as MeSH terms and other disease condition terms provided by study sponsors. Clinical specialists reviewed and annotated MeSH and non-MeSH disease condition terms, and an algorithm was created to classify studies into clinical specialties based on both MeSH and non-MeSH annotations. False positives and false negatives were evaluated by comparing algorithmic classification with manual classification for three specialties. Conclusions/Significance: The resulting AACT database features study design attributes parsed into discrete fields, integrated metadata, and an integrated MeSH thesaurus, and is available for download as Oracle extracts (.dmp file and text format). This publicly-accessible dataset will facilitate analysis of studies and permit detailed characterization and analysis of the U.S. clinical trials enterprise as a whole. In addition, the methodology we present for creating specialty datasets may facilitate other efforts to analyze studies by specialty groups.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0033677 pmid:22438982 pmcid:PMC3306288 fatcat:yhyhlevp5nepzmo47oon4zlgvy

Co-evolutionary Analysis of Domains in Interacting Proteins Reveals Insights into Domain–Domain Interactions Mediating Protein–Protein Interactions

Raja Jothi, Praveen F. Cherukuri, Asba Tasneem, Teresa M. Przytycka
2006 Journal of Molecular Biology  
Recent advances in functional genomics have helped generate large-scale high-throughput protein interaction data. Such networks, though extremely valuable towards molecular level understanding of cells, do not provide any direct information about the regions (domains) in the proteins that mediate the interaction. Here, we performed co-evolutionary analysis of domains in interacting proteins in order to understand the degree of co-evolution of interacting and non-interacting domains. Using a
more » ... ination of sequence and structural analysis, we analyzed protein-protein interactions in F1-ATPase, Sec23p/Sec24p, DNA-directed RNA polymerase and nuclear pore complexes, and found that interacting domain pair(s) for a given interaction exhibits higher level of co-evolution than the noninteracting domain pairs. Motivated by this finding, we developed a computational method to test the generality of the observed trend, and to predict large-scale domain-domain interactions. Given a protein-protein interaction, the proposed method predicts the domain pair(s) that is most likely to mediate the protein interaction. We applied this method on the yeast interactome to predict domain-domain interactions, and used known domain-domain interactions found in PDB crystal structures to validate our predictions. Our results show that the prediction accuracy of the proposed method is statistically significant. Comparison of our prediction results with those from two other methods reveals that only a fraction of predictions are shared by all the three methods, indicating that the proposed method can detect known interactions missed by other methods. We believe that the proposed method can be used with other methods to help identify previously unrecognized domain-domain interactions on a genome scale, and could potentially help reduce the search space for identifying interaction sites.
doi:10.1016/j.jmb.2006.07.072 pmid:16949097 pmcid:PMC1618801 fatcat:osi2ixc7jncqtemqoppzyoshe4

Using to Understand the State of Clinical Research in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine

Jamie L. Todd, Kyle R. White, Karen Chiswell, Asba Tasneem, Scott M. Palmer
2013 Annals of the American Thoracic Society  
Rationale: is the largest trial registry in the world. Strengthened registration requirements, including federal mandates in 2007, have increased study representation. A systematic evaluation of all registered studies has been limited by the absence of an aggregate data set and specialty-specific search terms. Objectives: We leveraged a newly transformed database containing annotated data from to define the portfolio of interventional clinical research in
more » ... lmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. Methods: Analysis was restricted to studies registered after September 2007 through September 2010 and defined as "interventional" (n = 40,970). A specialty-specific study data set (n = 2,226) was created using disease condition terms provided by data submitters and medical subject heading terms generated by a National Library of Medicine algorithm. Trial characteristics were extracted and summarized using descriptive statistics. Measurements and Main Results: Pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine trials composed 5.4% of all interventional studies registered over the 3-year period. In contrast, oncology and cardiovascular disease composed 21.9 and 8.4% of trials, respectively. Within pulmonary trials, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease were the most studied conditions (27.4 and 21.8% of studies, respectively), and measures of lung function or safety were the most frequent primary outcomes. Nearly two-thirds of trials indicated enrollment of 100 patients or fewer, and a majority of studies were phase II or III trials. The single largest funding source (43.5%) was industry, and study characteristics varied by funding source. Conclusions: We applied a novel approach to describe the portfolio of interventional clinical research in pulmonary medicine. Our results indicate a disparity between trial representation and the burden of respiratory disease. Resources should be targeted across the spectrum of pulmonary research to address this discrepancy.
doi:10.1513/annalsats.201305-111oc pmid:23987571 pmcid:PMC3882749 fatcat:jf7nsodhozfopb3yndfz7klvcm

Identification of the prokaryotic ligand-gated ion channels and their implications for the mechanisms and origins of animal Cys-loop ion channels

Asba Tasneem, Lakshminarayan M Iyer, Eric Jakobsson, L Aravind
2004 Genome Biology  
M1 Helix M2 Helix M3 Helix M4 Helix Genome Biology 2004, Volume 6, Issue 1, Article R4 Tasneem et al.  ...  et al. Genome Biology 2004, 6:R4 R4.8 Genome Biology 2004, Volume 6, Issue 1, Article R4 Tasneem et al. Genome Biology 2004  ... 
doi:10.1186/gb-2004-6-1-r4 pmid:15642096 pmcid:PMC549065 fatcat:d2tejlee4jfddp2dn5l2avp2sy

The Landscape of Clinical Trials in Nephrology: A Systematic Review of

Jula K. Inrig, Robert M. Califf, Asba Tasneem, Radha K. Vegunta, Christopher Molina, John W. Stanifer, Karen Chiswell, Uptal D. Patel
2014 American Journal of Kidney Diseases  
Background-Well-designed trials are of paramount importance in improving the delivery of care to patients with kidney disease. However, it remains unknown whether contemporary clinical trials within nephrology are of sufficient quality and quantity to meet this need. Study Design-Systematic review. Setting & Population-Studies registered with Selection Criteria for Studies-Interventional (i.e., non-observational) studies (both randomized and nonrandomized) registered between
more » ... October 2007 and September 2010 were included for analysis. Studies were independently reviewed by physicians and classified by clinical specialty. Predictor-Nephrology versus cardiology versus other trials. Outcomes-Select clinical trial characteristics. Results-Of the 40,970 trials overall, 1054 (2.6%) were classified as nephrology. The majority of nephrology trials were for treatment (75.4%) or prevention (15.7%), with very few diagnostic, screening, or health services research studies. Most nephrology trials were randomized (72.3%), including 24.9% that included a single study group, 64.0% that included parallel groups, and 9.4% that were crossover trials. Nephrology trials, compared with 2264 cardiology trials (5.5% overall), were more likely to be smaller (64.5% versus 48.0% enrolling ≤100 patients), phase I-II (29.0%
doi:10.1053/j.ajkd.2013.10.043 pmid:24315119 pmcid:PMC3988265 fatcat:f4qenoduuzdz3hwciugvtjjjdu

Portfolio of Clinical Research in Adult Cardiovascular Disease as Reflected in

Karen P. Alexander, David F. Kong, Aijing Z. Starr, Judith Kramer, Karen Chiswell, Asba Tasneem, Robert M. Califf
2013 Journal of the American Heart Association : Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease  
Cardiovascular medicine is widely regarded as a vanguard for evidence-based drug and technology development. Our goal was to describe the cardiovascular clinical research portfolio from We identified 40 970 clinical research studies registered between 2007 and 2010 in which patients received diagnostic, therapeutic, or other interventions per protocol. By annotating 18 491 descriptors from the National Library of Medicine's Medical Subject Heading thesaurus and 1220
more » ... terms to select those relevant to cardiovascular disease, we identified studies that related to the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of diseases of the heart and peripheral arteries in adults (n = 2325 [66%] included from review of 3503 potential studies). The study intervention involved a drug in 44.6%, a device or procedure in 39.3%, behavioral intervention in 8.1%, and biological or genetic interventions in 3.0% of the trials. More than half of the trials were postmarket approval (phase 4, 25.6%) or not part of drug development (no phase, 34.5%). Nearly half of all studies (46.3%) anticipated enrolling 100 patients or fewer. The majority of studies assessed biomarkers or surrogate outcomes, with just 31.8% reporting a clinical event as a primary outcome. Cardiovascular studies registered on span a range of study designs. Data have limited verification or standardization and require manual processes to describe and categorize studies. The preponderance of small and late-phase studies raises questions regarding the strength of evidence likely to be generated by the current portfolio and the potential efficiency to be gained by more research consolidation.
doi:10.1161/jaha.113.000009 pmid:24072529 pmcid:PMC3835214 fatcat:y5df5qo6bbgv3lmpohm37ou6je

A cross-sectional analysis of HIV and hepatitis C clinical trials 2007 to 2010: the relationship between industry sponsorship and randomized study design

Neela D Goswami, Ephraim L Tsalik, Susanna Naggie, William C Miller, John R Horton, Christopher D Pfeiffer, Charles B Hicks
2014 Trials  
We would like to thank Karen Chiswell, Sara Calvert, and Asba Tasneem for facilitating our use of data in the registry.  ... 
doi:10.1186/1745-6215-15-31 pmid:24450313 pmcid:PMC3901894 fatcat:aic22fofenae5fhxn6qxp36kgi