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J Forensic Sci. 2013 Jul;58(4):972-80. doi: 10.1111/1556-4029.12139. Epub 2013 May 17.

mtDNAprofiler: a Web application for the nomenclature and comparison of human mitochondrial DNA sequences.

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Department of Forensic Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, 50 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, 120-752, Korea.

Abstract

Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is a valuable tool in the fields of forensic, population, and medical genetics. However, recording and comparing mtDNA control region or entire genome sequences would be difficult if researchers are not familiar with mtDNA nomenclature conventions. Therefore, mtDNAprofiler, a Web application, was designed for the analysis and comparison of mtDNA sequences in a string format or as a list of mtDNA single-nucleotide polymorphisms (mtSNPs). mtDNAprofiler which comprises four mtDNA sequence-analysis tools (mtDNA nomenclature, mtDNA assembly, mtSNP conversion, and mtSNP concordance-check) supports not only the accurate analysis of mtDNA sequences via an automated nomenclature function, but also consistent management of mtSNP data via direct comparison and validity-check functions. Since mtDNAprofiler consists of four tools that are associated with key steps of mtDNA sequence analysis, mtDNAprofiler will be helpful for researchers working with mtDNA. mtDNAprofiler is freely available at http://mtprofiler.yonsei.ac.kr.

KEYWORDS:

assembly; concordance; conversion; forensic science; mitochondrial DNA; nomenclature; single-nucleotide polymorphism

PMID:
23682804
DOI:
10.1111/1556-4029.12139
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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