Ensembling graph attention networks for human microbe–drug association prediction

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Ensembling graph attention networks for human microbe–drug association prediction
Ensembling graph attention networks for human microbe–drug association prediction
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29 December 2020
Yahui Long, Min Wu, Yong Liu, Chee Keong Kwoh, Jiawei Luo, Xiaoli Li, Ensembling graph attention networks for human microbe–drug association prediction, Bioinformatics, Volume 36, Issue Supplement_2, December 2020, Pages i779–i786, https://doi.org/10.1093/bioinformatics/btaa891
Motivation: Human microbes get closely involved in an extensive variety of complex human diseases and become new drug targets. In silico methods for identifying potential microbe–drug associations provide an effective complement to conventional experimental methods, which can not only benefit screening candidate compounds for drug development but also facilitate novel knowledge discovery for understanding microbe–drug interaction mechanisms. On the other hand, the recent increased availability of accumulated biomedical data for microbes and drugs provides a great opportunity for a machine learning approach to predict microbe–drug associations. We are thus highly motivated to integrate these data sources to improve prediction accuracy. In addition, it is extremely challenging to predict interactions for new drugs or new microbes, which have no existing microbe–drug associations. Results: In this work, we leverage various sources of biomedical information and construct multiple networks (graphs) for microbes and drugs. Then, we develop a novel ensemble framework of graph attention networks with a hierarchical attention mechanism for microbe–drug association prediction from the constructed multiple microbe–drug graphs, denoted as EGATMDA. In particular, for each input graph, we design a graph convolutional network with node-level attention to learn embeddings for nodes (i.e. microbes and drugs). To effectively aggregate node embeddings from multiple input graphs, we implement graph-level attention to learn the importance of different input graphs. Experimental results under different cross-validation settings (e.g. the setting for predicting associations for new drugs) showed that our proposed method outperformed seven state-of-the-art methods. Case studies on predicted microbe–drug associations further demonstrated the effectiveness of our proposed EGATMDA method.
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No specific funding for I2R authors. This work has been supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (61873089) and the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) (201906130027).
Full paper can be downloaded from the Publisher's URL provided: https://doi.org/10.1093/bioinformatics/btaa891
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