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Ramkumar , Hariharan and Reji , Simon and M. R, Pillai (2013) Comparative Analysis of DNA Word Abundances in Four Yeast Genomes Using a Novel Statistical Background Model. PloS one, 8 (3). ISSN 1932-6203

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Previous studies have shown that the identification and analysis of both abundant and rare k-mers or “DNA words of length k” in genomic sequences using suitable statistical background models can reveal biologically significant sequence elements. Other studies have investigated the uni/multimodal distribution of k-mer abundances or “k-mer spectra” in different DNA sequences. However, the existing background models are affected to varying extents by compositional bias. Moreover, the distribution of k-mer abundances in the context of related genomes has not been studied previously. Here, we present a novel statistical background model for calculating k-mer enrichment in DNA sequences based on the average of the frequencies of the two (k-1) mers for each k-mer. Comparison of our null model with the commonly used ones, including Markov models of different orders and the single mismatch model, shows that our method is more robust to compositional AT-rich bias and detects many additional, repeat-poor over-abundant k-mers that are biologically meaningful. Analysis of overrepresented genomic k-mers (4≤k≤16) from four yeast species using this model showed that the fraction of overrepresented DNA words falls linearly as k increases; however, a significant number of overabundant k-mers exists at higher values of k. Finally, comparative analysis of k-mer abundance scores across four yeast species revealed a mixture of unimodal and multimodal spectra for the various genomic sub-regions analyzed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Cancer Research
Depositing User: Rgcb Library
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2017 09:19
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2017 09:19
URI: http://rgcb.sciencecentral.in/id/eprint/198

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