Title

mirWIP: microRNA target prediction based on microRNA-containing ribonucleoprotein-enriched transcripts

UMMS Affiliation

Program in Molecular Medicine

Publication Date

2008-09-01

Document Type

Article

Subjects

Animals; Binding Sites; Caenorhabditis elegans; Carrier Proteins; MicroRNAs; RNA, Messenger; Ribonucleoproteins

Disciplines

Biochemistry | Computational Biology | Molecular Biology | Molecular Genetics

Abstract

Target prediction for animal microRNAs (miRNAs) has been hindered by the small number of verified targets available to evaluate the accuracy of predicted miRNA-target interactions. Recently, a dataset of 3,404 miRNA-associated mRNA transcripts was identified by immunoprecipitation of the RNA-induced silencing complex components AIN-1 and AIN-2. Our analysis of this AIN-IP dataset revealed enrichment for defining characteristics of functional miRNA-target interactions, including structural accessibility of target sequences, total free energy of miRNA-target hybridization and topology of base-pairing to the 5' seed region of the miRNA. We used these enriched characteristics as the basis for a quantitative miRNA target prediction method, miRNA targets by weighting immunoprecipitation-enriched parameters (mirWIP), which optimizes sensitivity to verified miRNA-target interactions and specificity to the AIN-IP dataset. MirWIP can be used to capture all known conserved miRNA-mRNA target relationships in Caenorhabditis elegans at a lower false-positive rate than can the current standard methods.

DOI of Published Version

10.1038/nmeth.1247

Source

Nat Methods. 2008 Sep;5(9):813-9. doi: 10.1038/nmeth.1247. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Nature methods

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

19160516

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