Development of a New Pipeline for Identification and Characterization of Micro RNAs from Plants

Thomas Jinu, K K Sabu


Open source microRNA analysis pipelines for next generation sequencing data (NGS) often make necessary use and working knowledge of command line interface, massive data processing resources and expertise which is a daunting task for biologists. Further, the microRNA data generated from NGS platforms will not be in a form from which one could understand or make use of it. Hence a comprehensive pipeline has been developed by integrating several open source NGS tools along with a graphical user interface called sRNAbench. It is used for expression profiling of small RNAs and prediction of microRNAs from NGS data. The pipeline features functionalities such as read processing, sequence identification, target prediction and enrichment analysis. It provides even prediction of novel microRNAs and its sequences. The pipeline will be very useful for plant genomics community and it does not require knowledge in computational biology in order to discover miRNAs and utilize the same in genomics studies.


MicroRNA; miRNA; Pipeline; NGS; in silico analysis

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