DeepNose: Using artificial neural networks to represent the space of odorants

Tran, Ngoc, Kepple, Daniel, Shuvaev, Sergey A., Koulakov, Alexei A. (June 2019) DeepNose: Using artificial neural networks to represent the space of odorants. Proceedings of the 36th International Conference on Machine Learning, 97. pp. 6305-6314.

DOI: 10.1101/464735


The olfactory system employs an ensemble of odorant receptors (ORs) to sense odorants and to derive olfactory percepts. We trained artificial neural networks to represent the chemical space of odorants and used that representation to predict human olfactory percepts. We hypothesized that ORs may be considered 3D spatial filters that extract molecular features and can be trained using conventional machine learning methods. First, we trained an autoencoder, called DeepNose, to deduce a low-dimensional representation of odorant molecules which were represented by their 3D spatial structure. Next, we tested the ability of DeepNose features in predicting physical properties and odorant percepts based on 3D molecular structure alone. We found that despite the lack of human expertise, DeepNose features led to perceptual predictions of comparable accuracy to molecular descriptors often used in computational chemistry. We propose that DeepNose network can extract de novo chemical features predictive of various bioactivities and can help understand the factors influencing the composition of ORs ensemble.

Item Type: Paper
Subjects: bioinformatics > computational biology > algorithms > machine learning
organism description > animal behavior > olfactory
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Communities: CSHL labs > Koulakov lab
School of Biological Sciences > Publications
Depositing User: Matthew Dunn
Date: June 2019
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2018 20:27
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2019 15:56
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