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Bioinformatics. 2006 Feb 1;22(3):381-3. Epub 2005 Nov 22.

REDfly: a Regulatory Element Database for Drosophila.

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  • 1Center for Computational Research, 140 Farber Hall, State University of New York at Buffalo, 3435 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214, USA.


Bioinformatics studies of transcriptional regulation in the metazoa are significantly hindered by the absence of readily available data on large numbers of transcriptional cis-regulatory modules (CRMs). Even the richly annotated Drosophila melanogaster genome lacks extensive CRM information. We therefore present here a database of Drosophila CRMs curated from the literature complete with both DNA sequence and a searchable description of the gene expression pattern regulated by each CRM. This resource should greatly facilitate the development of computational approaches to CRM discovery as well as bioinformatics analyses of regulatory sequence properties and evolution.

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