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Sequence similarity is more relevant than species specificity in probabilistic backtranslation

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Sequence similarity is more relevant than species specificity in probabilistic backtranslation
Background: Backtranslation is the process of decoding a sequence of amino acids into the corresponding codons. All synthetic gene design systems include a backtranslation module. The degeneracy of the genetic code makes backtranslation potentially ambiguous since most amino acids are encoded by multiple codons. The common approach to overcome this difficulty is based on imitation of codon usage within the target species. Results: This paper describes EasyBack, a new parameter-free, fully-automated software for backtranslation using Hidden Markov Models. EasyBack is not based on imitation of codon usage within the target species, but instead uses a sequence-similarity criterion. The model is trained with a set of proteins with known cDNA coding sequences, constructed from the input protein by querying the NCBI databases with BLAST. Unlike existing software, the proposed method allows the quality of prediction to be estimated. When tested on a group of proteins that show different degr...
Alfredo Ferro, Rosalba Giugno, Giuseppe Pigola, Al
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Type Journal
Year 2007
Where BMCBI
Authors Alfredo Ferro, Rosalba Giugno, Giuseppe Pigola, Alfredo Pulvirenti, Cinzia Di Pietro, Michele Purrello, Marco Ragusa
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