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Adv Bioinformatics. 2016;2016:6040124. doi: 10.1155/2016/6040124. Epub 2016 Jun 6.

FullSSR: Microsatellite Finder and Primer Designer.

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1
Laboratorio de Genética, CONICET, Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, 3000 Santa Fe, Argentina; Cátedra de Genética, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos, 3100 Oro Verde, Argentina; Instituto Nacional de Limnología (INALI), UNL-CONICET, 3100 Santa Fe, Argentina.
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Laboratorio de Genética, CONICET, Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, 3000 Santa Fe, Argentina; Cátedra de Genética, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos, 3100 Oro Verde, Argentina.
3
Instituto Nacional de Limnología (INALI), UNL-CONICET, 3100 Santa Fe, Argentina.
4
Laboratorio de Genética, CONICET, Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, 3000 Santa Fe, Argentina.

Abstract

Microsatellites are genomic sequences comprised of tandem repeats of short nucleotide motifs widely used as molecular markers in population genetics. FullSSR is a new bioinformatic tool for microsatellite (SSR) loci detection and primer design using genomic data from NGS assay. The software was tested with 2000 sequences of Oryza sativa shotgun sequencing project from the National Center of Biotechnology Information Trace Archive and with partial genome sequencing with ROCHE 454® from Caiman latirostris, Salvator merianae, Aegla platensis, and Zilchiopsis collastinensis. FullSSR performance was compared against other similar SSR search programs. The results of the use of this kind of approach depend on the parameters set by the user. In addition, results can be affected by the analyzed sequences because of differences among the genomes. FullSSR simplifies the detection of SSRs and primer design on a big data set. The command line interface of FullSSR was intended to be used as part of genomic analysis tools pipeline; however, it can be used as a stand-alone program because the results are easily interpreted for a nonexpert user.

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