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A comparative genome approach to marker ordering.

October 5, 2014 |

satDNA Analyzer is a program, implemented in C++, for the analysis of the patterns of variation at each nucleotide position considered independently amongst all units of a given satellite-DNA family when comparing it between a pair of species. The program classifies each site accordingly as monomorp...

HAPLORE: a program for haplotype reconstruction in general pedigrees without recombination.

October 5, 2014 |

MOTIVATION: Haplotype reconstruction is an essential step in genetic linkage and association studies. Although many methods have been developed to estimate haplotype frequencies and reconstruct haplotypes for a sample of unrelated individuals, haplotype reconstruction in large pedigrees with a large...


October 5, 2014 |

Polymorphic Simple Sequence Repeats Database ...

Broad-Enrich: functional interpretation of large sets of broad genomic regions.

October 5, 2014 |

Merging the forward and reverse reads from paired-end sequencing is a critical task that can significantly improve the performance of downstream tasks, such as genome assembly and mapping, by providing them with virtually elongated reads. However, due to the inherent limitations of most paired-end s...

NCBI Protein database

October 5, 2014 |

All protein sequences: translated from GenBank and imported from other protein databases ...

SeqHound: biological sequence and structure database as a platform for bioinformatics research.

October 5, 2014 |

BACKGROUND: SeqHound has been developed as an integrated biological sequence, taxonomy, annotation and 3-D structure database system. It provides a high-performance server platform for bioinformatics research in a locally-hosted environment. RESULTS: SeqHound is based on the National Center for Biot...

Estimating true evolutionary distances under rearrangements, duplications, and losses.

October 5, 2014 |

MOTIVATION: Cross-species meta-analyses of microarray data usually require prior affiliation of genes based on orthology information that often relies on sequence similarity. RESULTS: We present an algorithm merging microarray datasets on the basis of co-expression alone, without any requirement for...


October 5, 2014 |

Sequence conservation profiles of the proteins of known structures ...

Modeling the organization of the WUSCHEL expression domain in the shoot apical meristem.

October 5, 2014 |

MOTIVATION: The above-ground tissues of higher plants are generated from a small region of cells situated at the plant apex called the shoot apical meristem. An important genetic control circuit modulating the size of the Arabidopsis thaliana meristem is a feed-back network between the CLAVATA3 and ...

A comparison study: applying segmentation to array CGH data for downstream analyses.

October 5, 2014 |

MOTIVATION: Array comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) allows detection and mapping of copy number of DNA segments. A challenge is to make inferences about the copy number structure of the genome. Several statistical methods have been proposed to determine genomic segments with different copy num...

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>