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Bioinformatics. 2006 Feb 1;22(3):359-60. Epub 2005 Nov 29.

Identification of plant microRNA homologs.

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  • 1Center for Bioinformatics Tübingen, Tübingen University, Germany.


MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a recently discovered class of non-coding RNAs that regulate gene and protein expression in plants and animals. MiRNAs have so far been identified mostly by specific cloning of small RNA molecules, complemented by computational methods. We present a computational identification approach that is able to identify candidate miRNA homologs in any set of sequences, given a query miRNA. The approach is based on a sequence similarity search step followed by a set of structural filters.

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