3 years ago

Computational tools for plant small RNA detection and categorization.

Frank Johannes, Lionel Morgado
Small RNAs (sRNAs) are important short-length molecules with regulatory functions essential for plant development and plasticity. High-throughput sequencing of total sRNA populations has revealed that the largest share of sRNA remains uncategorized. To better understand the role of sRNA-mediated cellular regulation, it is necessary to create accurate and comprehensive catalogues of sRNA and their sequence features, a task that currently relies on nontrivial bioinformatic approaches. Although a large number of computational tools have been developed to predict features of sRNA sequences, these tools are mostly dedicated to microRNAs and none integrates the functionalities necessary to describe units from all sRNA pathways thus far discovered in plants. Here, we review the different classes of sRNA found in plants and describe available bioinformatics tools that can help in their detection and categorization.

Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1093/bib/bbx136

DOI: 10.1093/bib/bbx136

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