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Strategies for measuring evolutionary conservation of RNA secondary structures

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Strategies for measuring evolutionary conservation of RNA secondary structures
Background: Evolutionary conservation of RNA secondary structure is a typical feature of many functional non-coding RNAs. Since almost all of the available methods used for prediction and annotation of non-coding RNA genes rely on this evolutionary signature, accurate measures for structural conservation are essential. Results: We systematically assessed the ability of various measures to detect conserved RNA structures in multiple sequence alignments. We tested three existing and eight novel strategies that are based on metrics of folding energies, metrics of single optimal structure predictions, and metrics of structure ensembles. We find that the folding energy based SCI score used in the RNAz program and a simple base-pair distance metric are by far the most accurate. The use of more complex metrics like for example tree editing does not improve performance. A variant of the SCI performed particularly well on highly conserved alignments and is thus a viable alternative when only l...
Andreas R. Gruber, Stephan H. F. Bernhart, Ivo L.
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Type Journal
Year 2008
Where BMCBI
Authors Andreas R. Gruber, Stephan H. F. Bernhart, Ivo L. Hofacker, Stefan Washietl
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