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2007

Identification of homologs in insignificant blast hits by exploiting extrinsic gene properties

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Identification of homologs in insignificant blast hits by exploiting extrinsic gene properties
Background: Homology is a key concept in both evolutionary biology and genomics. Detection of homology is crucial in fields like the functional annotation of protein sequences and the identification of taxon specific genes. Basic homology searches are still frequently performed by pairwise search methods such as BLAST. Vast improvements have been made in the identification of homologous proteins by using more advanced methods that use sequence profiles. However additional improvement could be made by exploiting sources of genomic information other than the primary sequence or tertiary structure. Results: We test the hypothesis that extrinsic gene properties gene length and gene order can be of help in differentiating spurious sequence similarity from homology in the gray zone. Sharing gene order and similarity in size dramatically increase the chance of a query-hit pair being homologous: gray zone query-hit pairs of similar size and with conserved gene order are homologous in 99% of a...
Jos Boekhorst, Berend Snel
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Updated 09 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 2007
Where BMCBI
Authors Jos Boekhorst, Berend Snel
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