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Int J Mol Sci. 2016 Apr 14;17(4):564. doi: 10.3390/ijms17040564.

MiRTargetLink--miRNAs, Genes and Interaction Networks.

Author information

1
Chair for Clinical Bioinformatics, Saarland University, Saarbrücken D-66041, Germany. e.j.m.hamberg@gmail.com.
2
Chair for Clinical Bioinformatics, Saarland University, Saarbrücken D-66041, Germany. c.backes@mx.uni-saarland.de.
3
Chair for Clinical Bioinformatics, Saarland University, Saarbrücken D-66041, Germany. tobias.fehlmann@ccb.uni-saarland.de.
4
Department of Human Genetics, Saarland University, Homburg D-66421, Germany. marhar15@googlemail.com.
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Internal Medicine, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg D-69120, Germany. benjamin.meder@med.uni-heidelberg.de.
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Department of Human Genetics, Saarland University, Homburg D-66421, Germany. hgemee@uks.eu.
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Chair for Clinical Bioinformatics, Saarland University, Saarbrücken D-66041, Germany. andreas.keller@ccb.uni-saarland.de.

Abstract

Information on miRNA targeting genes is growing rapidly. For high-throughput experiments, but also for targeted analyses of few genes or miRNAs, easy analysis with concise representation of results facilitates the work of life scientists. We developed miRTargetLink, a tool for automating respective analysis procedures that are frequently applied. Input of the web-based solution is either a single gene or single miRNA, but also sets of genes or miRNAs, can be entered. Validated and predicted targets are extracted from databases and an interaction network is presented. Users can select whether predicted targets, experimentally validated targets with strong or weak evidence, or combinations of those are considered. Central genes or miRNAs are highlighted and users can navigate through the network interactively. To discover the most relevant biochemical processes influenced by the target network, gene set analysis and miRNA set analysis are integrated. As a showcase for miRTargetLink, we analyze targets of five cardiac miRNAs. miRTargetLink is freely available without restrictions at www.ccb.uni-saarland.de/mirtargetlink.

KEYWORDS:

genes; interaction networks; miRNAs; miRTargetkLink

PMID:
27089332
PMCID:
PMC4849020
DOI:
10.3390/ijms17040564
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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