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Bioinformatics. 2011 Sep 15;27(18):2554-62. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btr444. Epub 2011 Jul 29.

Bayesian prediction of tissue-regulated splicing using RNA sequence and cellular context.

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  • 1Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Abstract

MOTIVATION:

Alternative splicing is a major contributor to cellular diversity in mammalian tissues and relates to many human diseases. An important goal in understanding this phenomenon is to infer a 'splicing code' that predicts how splicing is regulated in different cell types by features derived from RNA, DNA and epigenetic modifiers.

METHODS:

We formulate the assembly of a splicing code as a problem of statistical inference and introduce a Bayesian method that uses an adaptively selected number of hidden variables to combine subgroups of features into a network, allows different tissues to share feature subgroups and uses a Gibbs sampler to hedge predictions and ascertain the statistical significance of identified features.

RESULTS:

Using data for 3665 cassette exons, 1014 RNA features and 4 tissue types derived from 27 mouse tissues (http://genes.toronto.edu/wasp), we benchmarked several methods. Our method outperforms all others, and achieves relative improvements of 52% in splicing code quality and up to 22% in classification error, compared with the state of the art. Novel combinations of regulatory features and novel combinations of tissues that share feature subgroups were identified using our method.

CONTACT:

frey@psi.toronto.edu

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

PMID:
21803804
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