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SuperTarget and Matador

October 5, 2014 |

Drug-related information: medical indications, adverse drug effects, drug metabolism and GO terms of the target proteins ...

POIMs: positional oligomer importance matrices--understanding support vector machine-based signal detectors.

October 5, 2014 |

Recurrent chromosomal alterations provide cytological and molecular positions for the diagnosis and prognosis of cancer. Comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) has been useful in understanding these alterations in cancerous cells. CGH datasets consist of samples that are represented by large dimens...

Network clustering: probing biological heterogeneity by sparse graphical models.

October 5, 2014 |

I propose a new application of profile Hidden Markov Models in the area of SNP discovery from resequencing data, to greatly reduce false SNP calls caused by misalignments around insertions and deletions (indels). The central concept is per-Base Alignment Quality, which accurately measures the probab...


October 5, 2014 |

A database of available natural compounds ...

Utility library for structural bioinformatics.

October 5, 2014 |

In this Note we present a new software library for structural bioinformatics. The library contains programs, computing sequence- and profile-based alignments and a variety of structural calculations with user-friendly handling of various data formats. The software organization is very flexible. Algo...


October 5, 2014 |

High-quality Automated and Manual Annotation of microbial Proteomes ...

A graphical interface for the FoldX forcefield.

October 5, 2014 |

SUMMARY: A graphical user interface for the FoldX protein design program has been developed as a plugin for the YASARA molecular graphics suite. The most prominent FoldX commands such as free energy difference upon mutagenesis and interaction energy calculations can now be run entirely via a windowe...

A powerful method for detecting differentially expressed genes from GeneChip arrays that does not require replicates.

October 5, 2014 |

arrayQCplot is a software for the exploratory analysis of microarray data. This software focuses on quality control and generates newly developed plots for quality and reproducibility checks. It is developed using R and provides a user-friendly graphical interface for graphics and statistical analy...

The analysis of inconsistencies between cytogenetic annotations and sequence mapping by defining the imprecision zones of cytogenetic banding.

October 5, 2014 |

SUMMARY: To analyse the vast amount of genome annotation data available today, a visual representation of genomic features in a given sequence range is required. We developed a C library which provides layout and drawing capabilities for annotation features. It supports several common input and outp...

European rRNA database

October 5, 2014 |

All complete or nearly complete rRNA sequences ...

Protein-protein binding affinity prediction on a diverse set of structures.

MOTIVATION: Accurate binding free energy functions for protein-protein interactions are imperative for a wide range of purposes. Their construction is predicated upon ascertaining the factors that influence binding and their relative importance. A recent benchmark of binding affinities has allowed, for the first time, the evaluation and construction of binding free energy models using a diverse set of complexes, and a systematic assessment of our ability to model the energetics of conformational changes. RESULTS: We construct a large set of molecular descriptors using commonly available tools, introducing the use of energetic factors associated with conformational changes and disorder to order transitions, as well as features calculated on structural ensembles. The descriptors are used to train and test a binding free energy model using a consensus of four machine learning algorithms, whose performance constitutes a significant improvement over the other state of the art empirical free energy functions tested. The internal workings of the learners show how the descriptors are used, illuminating the determinants of protein-protein binding. AVAILABILITY: The molecular descriptor set and descriptor values for all complexes are available in the supplementary. A web server for the learners and coordinates for the bound and unbound structures can be accessed from the website: http://bmm.cancerresearchuk.org/%7EAffinity CONTACT: paul.bates@cancer.org.uk.

Reconstructing transcription factor activities in hierarchical transcription network motifs.

MOTIVATION: A knowledge of the dynamics of transcription factors is fundamental to understand the transcriptional regulation mechanism. Nowadays an experimental measure of transcription factor activities in vivo represents a challenge. Several methods have been developed to infer these activities from easily measurable quantities such as mRNA expression of target genes. A limitation of these methods is represented by the fact that they rely on very simple single-layer structures, typically consisting of one or more transcription factors regulating a number of target genes. RESULTS: We present a novel statistical inference methodology to reverse engineer the dynamics of transcription factors in hierarchical network motifs such as feed-forward loops. The approach we present is based on a continuous time representation of the system where the high level master transcription factor is represented as a two state Markov jump process driving a system of differential equations. We solve the inference problem using an efficient variational approach and demonstrate our method on simulated data and two real datasets. The results on real data show that the predictions of our approach can capture biological behaviours in a more effective way than single-layer models of transcription, and can lead to novel biological insights. AVAILABILITY: http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/gsanguin/software.html CONTACT: g.sanguinetti@ed.ac.uk.

survcomp: an R/Bioconductor package for performance assessment and comparison of survival models.

SUMMARY: The survcomp package provides functions to assess and statistically compare the performance of survival/risk prediction models. It implements state-of-the-art statistics to (i) measure the performance of risk prediction models, (ii) combine these statistical estimates from multiple datasets using a meta-analytical framework, and (iii) statistically compare the performance of competitive models. AVAILABILITY: The R/Bioconductor package survcomp is provided open source under the Artistic-2.0 License with a user manual containing installation, operating instructions and use case scenarios on real datasets. survcomp requires R version 2.13.0 or higher.URL: http://bioconductor.org/packages/release/bioc/html/survcomp.html CONTACT: Benjamin Haibe-Kains <bhaibeka@jimmy.harvard.edu>, Markus Schröder <mschroed@jimmy.harvard.edu>