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Self-Identification of Protein-Coding Regions in Microbial Genomes

Stephane Audic and Jean-Michel Claverie
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Vol. 95, No. 17 (Aug. 18, 1998), pp. 10026-10031
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/45600
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Self-Identification of Protein-Coding Regions in Microbial Genomes
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Abstract

A new method for predicting protein-coding regions in microbial genomic DNA sequences is presented. It uses an ab initio iterative Markov modeling procedure to automatically perform the partition of genomic sequences into three subsets shown to correspond to coding, coding on the opposite strand, and noncoding segments. In contrast to current methods, such as GENEMARK [Borodovsky, M. & McIninch, J. D. (1993) Comput. Chem. 17, 123-133], no training set or prior knowledge of the statistical properties of the studied genome are required. This new method tolerates error rates of 1-2% and can process unassembled sequences. It is thus ideal for the analysis of genome survey and/or fragmented sequence data from uncharacterized microorganisms. The method was validated on 10 complete bacterial genomes (from four major phylogenetic lineages). The results show that protein-coding regions can be identified with an accuracy of up to 90% with a totally automated and objective procedure.

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