Bioinformatický seminár

Tue 7 Dec. 2010, 17:20

Title: Dubchak et al. Multiple whole-genome alignments without a reference organism. Genome research, 2009
Speaker: Mic Nánási

Multiple sequence alignments have become one of the most commonly used
resources in genomics research. Most algorithms for multiple alignment of
whole genomes rely either on a reference genome, against which all of the
other sequences are laid out, or require a one-to-one mapping between the
nucleotides of the genomes, preventing the alignment of recently
duplicated regions. Both approaches have drawbacks for whole-genome
comparisons. In this paper we present a novel symmetric alignment
algorithm. The resulting alignments not only represent all of the genomes
equally well, but also include all relevant duplications that occurred
since the divergence from the last common ancestor. Our algorithm,
implemented as a part of the VISTA Genome Pipeline (VGP), was used to
align seven vertebrate and six Drosophila genomes. The resulting
whole-genome alignments demonstrate a higher sensitivity and specificity
than the pairwise alignments previously available through the VGP and have
higher exon alignment accuracy than comparable public whole-genome
alignments. Of the multiple alignment methods tested, ours performed the
best at aligning genes from multigene families-perhaps the most
challenging test for whole-genome alignments. Our whole-genome multiple
alignments are available through the VISTA Browser at