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Trends Genet. 2002 Apr;18(4):176-9.

Identifying functional links between genes using conserved chromosomal proximity.

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Bioinformatics Graduate Program and Dept of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215, USA.


Conservation of proximity of a pair of genes across multiple genomes generally indicates that their functions could be linked. Here, we present a systematic evaluation using 42 complete microbial genomes from 25 phylogenetic groups to test the reliability of this observation in predicting function for genes. We find a relationship between the number of phylogenetic groups in which a gene pair is proximate and the probability that the pair belongs to a common pathway. Our method produces 1586 links between ortholog families substantiated by observed proximity in genomes representing at least three phylogenetic groups. Of the pairs annotated in the KEGG database, 80% are in the same biological pathway in KEGG.

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