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Genome-wide co-expression based prediction of differential expressions.

October 5, 2014 |

BACKGROUND: Microarrays are widely used for the study of gene expression; however deciding on whether observed differences in expression are significant remains a challenge. RESULTS: A computing tool (ArrayLeaRNA) has been developed for gene expression analysis. It implements a Bayesian approach whi...

ROAST: rotation gene set tests for complex microarray experiments.

October 5, 2014 |

SUMMARY: METAL provides a computationally efficient tool for meta-analysis of genome-wide association scans, which is a commonly used approach for improving power complex traits gene mapping studies. METAL provides a rich scripting interface and implements efficient memory management to allow analys...

bioDBnet: the biological database network.

October 5, 2014 |

SUMMARY: bioDBnet is an online web resource that provides interconnected access to many types of biological databases. It has integrated many of the most commonly used biological databases and in its current state has 153 database identifiers (nodes) covering all aspects of biology including genes, ...


October 5, 2014 |

Human genes and their vertebrate orthologs ...

miRCancer: a microRNA-cancer association database constructed by text mining on literature.

October 5, 2014 |

Comparative methods for RNA secondary structure prediction use evolutionary information from RNA alignments to increase prediction accuracy. The model is often described in terms of stochastic context-free grammars (SCFGs), which generate a probability distribution over secondary structures. It is, ...

PRIN: a predicted rice interactome network.

October 5, 2014 |

MOTIVATION: Functional mapping that embeds the developmental mechanisms of complex traits shows great power to study the dynamic pattern of genetic effects triggered by individual quantitative trait loci (QTLs). A full-sib family, produced by crossing two heterozygous parents, is characteristic of u...


October 5, 2014 |

The Aspergillus Genome Database ...

Malin: maximum likelihood analysis of intron evolution in eukaryotes.

October 5, 2014 |

Malin is a software package for the analysis of eukaryotic gene structure evolution. It provides a graphical user interface for various tasks commonly used to infer the evolution of exon-intron structure in protein-coding orthologs. Implemented tasks include the identification of conserved homologou...

Validation of qualitative models of genetic regulatory networks by model checking: analysis of the nutritional stress response in Escherichia coli.

October 5, 2014 |

MOTIVATION: The modeling and simulation of genetic regulatory networks have created the need for tools for model validation. The main challenges of model validation are the achievement of a match between the precision of model predictions and experimental data, as well as the efficient and reliable ...


October 5, 2014 |

An integrated environment for comparative analysis of microbial genomes ...

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>