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Mol Biol (Mosk). 2018 May-Jun;52(3):543-554. doi: 10.7868/S0026898418030187.

[Efficiency of the miRNA- mRNA Interaction Prediction Programs].

[Article in Russian]

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Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University), Dolgoprudny, Moscow oblast, 141700 Russia.
Research Centre for Medical Genetics, Moscow, 115478 Russia.


miRNAs play a key role in regulation of gene expression. Nowadays it is known more than 2500 human miRNAs, while a majority of miRNA-mRNA interactions remains unidentified. The recent development of a high-throughput CLASH (crosslinking, ligation and sequencing of hybrids) technique for discerning miRNA-mRNA interactions allowed an experimental analysis of the human miRNA-mRNA interactome. Therefore, it allowed us, for the first time, make an experimental analysis of the human miRNA-mRNA interactome as a whole and an evaluation of the quality of most commonly used miRNA prediction tools (TargetScan, PicTar, PITA, RNA22 and miRanda). To estimate efficiency of the miRNA-mRNA prediction tools, we used next parameters: sensitivity, positive predicted value, predictions in different mRNA regions (3' UTR, CDS, 5' UTR), predictions for different types of interactions (5 classes), predictions of "canonical" and "nocanonical" interactions, similarity with the random generated data. The analysis revealed low efficiency of all prediction programs in comparison with the CLASH data in terms of the all examined parameters.


CLASH; PITA; PicTar; RNA22; TargetScan; miRNA binding sites; miRNA-mRNA interaction; miRanda; prediction program

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