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Res Microbiol. 1999 Nov-Dec;150(9-10):779-99.

Promoter sequences and algorithmical methods for identifying them.

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  • 1Institut de biologie physico-chimique, Paris, France.


This paper presents a survey of currently available mathematical models and algorithmical methods for trying to identify promoter sequences. The methods concern both searching in a genome for a previously defined consensus and extracting a consensus from a set of sequences. Such methods were often tailored for either eukaryotes or prokaryotes although this does not preclude use of the same method for both types of organisms. The survey therefore covers all methods; however, emphasis is placed on prokaryotic promoter sequence identification. Illustrative applications of the main extracting algorithms are given for three bacteria.

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