RNAPattMatch: A web server for RNA sequence/structure motif detection based on pattern matching with flexible gaps

Matan Drory Retwitzer, Maya Polishchuk, Elena Churkin, Ilona Kifer, Zohar Yakhini, Danny Barash

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Searching for RNA sequence-structure patterns is becoming an essential tool for RNA practitioners. Novel discoveries of regulatory non-coding RNAs in targeted organisms and the motivation to find them across a wide range of organisms have prompted the use of computational RNA pattern matching as an enhancement to sequence similarity. State-of-theart programs differ by the flexibility of patterns allowed as queries and by their simplicity of use. In particular-no existing method is available as a userfriendly web server. A general program that searches for RNA sequence-structure patterns is RNA Structator. However, it is not available as a web server and does not provide the option to allow flexible gap pattern representation with an upper bound of the gap length being specified at any position in the sequence. Here, we introduce RNAPattMatch, a web-based application that is user friendly and makes sequence/structure RNA queries accessible to practitioners of various background and proficiency. It also extends RNA Structator and allows a more flexible variable gaps representation, in addition to analysis of results using energy minimization methods. RNAPattMatch service is available at http://www.cs.bgu.ac.il/rnapattmatch. A standalone version of the search tool is also available to download at the site.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)W507-W512
JournalNucleic Acids Research
Issue numberW1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics


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