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Similarity-based gene detection: using COGs to find evolutionarily-conserved ORFs

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Similarity-based gene detection: using COGs to find evolutionarily-conserved ORFs
Background: Experimental verification of gene products has not kept pace with the rapid growth of microbial sequence information. However, existing annotations of gene locations contain sufficient information to screen for probable errors. Furthermore, comparisons among genomes become more informative as more genomes are examined. We studied all open reading frames (ORFs) of at least 30 codons from the genomes of 27 sequenced bacterial strains. We grouped the potential peptide sequences encoded from the ORFs by forming Clusters of Orthologous Groups (COGs). We used this grouping in order to find homologous relationships that would not be distinguishable from noise when using simple BLAST searches. Although COG analysis was initially developed to group annotated genes, we applied it to the task of grouping anonymous DNA sequences that may encode proteins. Results: "Mixed COGs" of ORFs (clusters in which some sequences correspond to annotated genes and some do not) are attract...
Bradford C. Powell, Clyde A. Hutchison III
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Type Journal
Year 2006
Where BMCBI
Authors Bradford C. Powell, Clyde A. Hutchison III
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