Assessing predictions of protein-protein interaction: the CAPRI experiment

Protein Sci. 2005 Feb;14(2):278-83. doi: 10.1110/ps.041081905.


The Critical Assessment of PRedicted Interactions (CAPRI) experiment was designed in 2000 to test protein docking algorithms in blind predictions of the structure of protein-protein complexes. In four years, 17 complexes offered by crystallographers as targets prior to publication, have been subjected to structure prediction by docking their two components. Models of these complexes were submitted by predictor groups and assessed by comparing their geometry to the X-ray structure and by evaluating the quality of the prediction of the regions of interaction and of the pair wise residue contacts. Prediction was successful on 12 of the 17 targets, most of the failures being due to large conformation changes that the algorithms could not cope with. Progress in the prediction quality observed in four years indicates that the experiment is a powerful incentive to develop new procedures that allow for flexibility during docking and incorporate nonstructural information. We therefore call upon structural biologists who study protein-protein complexes to provide targets for further rounds of CAPRI predictions.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Animals
  • Binding Sites
  • Crystallography, X-Ray
  • Databases, Protein
  • Humans
  • Macromolecular Substances
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • Models, Molecular
  • Molecular Conformation
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein Conformation
  • Protein Folding
  • Protein Interaction Mapping
  • Protein Structure, Secondary
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary
  • Proteins / chemistry*
  • Proteomics / methods*
  • Software
  • X-Rays


  • Macromolecular Substances
  • Proteins