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Trends Plant Sci. 2001 Jun;6(6):251-5.

Database-assisted promoter analysis.

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Institut für Genetik, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Spielmannstr. 7, D-38106,., Braunschweig, Germany.


The analysis of regulatory sequences is greatly facilitated by database-assisted bioinformatic approaches. The TRANSFAC database contains information on transcription factors and their origins, functional properties and sequence-specific binding activities. Software tools enable us to screen the database with a given DNA sequence for interacting transcription factors. If a regulatory function is already attributed to this sequence then the database-assisted identification of binding sites for proteins or protein classes and subsequent experimental verification might establish functionally relevant sites within this sequence. The binding transcription factors and interacting factors might already be present in the database.

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