Segmentation of DNA sequences into twostate regions and melting fork regions

Eivind Tøstesen, Geir Kjetil Sandve, Fang Liu, Eivind Hovig
2008 Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter  
The accurate prediction and characterization of DNA melting domains by computational tools could facilitate a broad range of biological applications. However, no algorithm for melting domain prediction has been available until now. The main challenges include the difficulty of mathematically mapping a qualitative description of DNA melting domains to quantitative statistical mechanics models, as well as the absence of 'gold standards' and a need for generality. In this paper, we introduce a new
more » ... approach to identify the twostate regions and melting fork regions along a given DNA sequence. Compared with an ad hoc segmentation used in one of our previous studies, the new algorithm is based on boundary probability profiles, rather than standard melting maps. We demonstrate that a more detailed characterization of the DNA melting domain map can be obtained using our new method, and this approach is independent of the choice of DNA melting model. We expect this work to drive our understanding of DNA melting domains one step further.
doi:10.1088/0953-8984/21/3/034109 pmid:21817254 fatcat:wtl4ddqynzefzpows2cwvh7iqu