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This Month in Bioinformatics- Research Updates of June 2021

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This Month in Bioinformatics- Research Updates of June 2021

In this article, we summarize the latest interesting findings made this month of June in bioinformatics.

1. A new package for continually updated phylogenetic trees using the open tree of life

A new Python package called Physcraper is developed [1]. This package is a command-line program that automatically updates the published phylogenetic trees. For doing so, it adds public DNA sequences to the alignments of previously published phylogenies. Users can also compare the old and the updated versions of phylogenies. For this purpose, it uses tools from the open tree of life project that links taxonomic information across databases [1]. It is accessible on Linux, Mac, and Windows and can be freely downloaded from https://physcraper.readthedocs.io/en/latest/index.html.

For more information, read here.

2. A new Cytoscape application for protein-protein interaction analysis

A new Cytoscape3 application known as StrongestPath is developed [2]. It is used for the interaction analysis of protein-protein or a group of proteins in a protein-protein interaction network or signaling network databases. StrongestPath extracts a set of possible interactions between the given set of proteins. Further, it adds new proteins to the network that have the most interactions with the highest total confidence to the current network of proteins. It uses interaction confidence scores to assign weights between 0 and 1 to each edge of the network [2].

StrongestPath is written in JAVA and is platform-independent. It can be downloaded from here.

For more information, read here.

3. A new database for integrated analysis of autoimmune diseases omics data

A new comprehensive database called Autoimmune Diseases Explorer is developed for the analysis of omics data of autoimmune diseases [3]. It integrates 82 curated transcriptomics and methylation studies and 5609 samples for some of the most common autoimmune diseases. The database is easy to use and provides statistical methods for advanced data analysis including pathway analysis, meta-analysis, and differential expression analysis [3]. The database is freely accessible at https://adex.genyo.es/.

For more information, read here.

4. A new long short-term memory method to predict the spread of covid19

A long short-term memory (LSTM) network method has been proposed to forecast the spread of covid19 [4]. It is based on a deep-learning approach that is a recurrent neural network with an LSTM layer. This method is proposed based on data obtained from New Zealand country, as it is the first country that has been able to completely contain the spread of covid19 and bring the daily cases to zero. This model is capable of predicting the estimated dates within which the spread of covid19 can be contained. The model was able to correctly predict the dates within which the spread of covid19 was contained in New Zealand.

For more information, read here.

5. A new tool for RNA-Seq data analysis

A new tool called RNAdetector [5] is developed for RNA-Seq data analysis. RNAdetector is a user-friendly stand-alone tool and a cloud-based platform that helps in RNA-Seq data analysis. It provides an easy-to-use graphical user interface that helps in analyzing coding and non-coding RNAs from RNA datasets. RNAdetector is a comprehensive pipeline that allows mRNAs and ncRNAs analysis including several classes of humans, C.elegans, and mice [5].

RNAdetector is freely available to download from https://rnadetector.atlas.dmi.unict.it/download.html. The source code is available on GitHub and the documentation can be found at https://github.com/alessandrolaferlita/RNAdetector/wiki/Requirements-and-Setup.

For more information, read here.

6. A new tool to visualize CRISPR screening experiments

A new web-based tool called VISPR is developed to visualize CRISPR screening experiments [6]. VISPR stands for VISualization of crisPR screens. It allows easy online analysis, visualization, and sharing of CRISPR screening data. VISPR also supports two other tools: BAGEL and JACKS. Additionally, VISPR allows users to visualize read count changes along with an interactive environment for gene exploration and viewing guide RNA locations [6].

VISPR is available for Linux, macOS, and Windows environments. It is freely accessible at http://vispr-online.weililab.org/ and the source is available on GitHub.

For more details, read here.


References

  1. Sánchez-Reyes, L.L., Kandziora, M. & McTavish, E.J. (2021). Physcraper: a Python package for continually updated phylogenetic trees using the Open Tree of Life. BMC Bioinformatics 22, 355.
  2. Mousavian, Z., Khodabandeh, M., Sharifi-Zarchi, A. et al. StrongestPath: a Cytoscape application for protein–protein interaction analysis. BMC Bioinformatics 22, 352 (2021).
  3. Martorell-Marugán, J., López-Domínguez, R., García-Moreno, A. et al. (2021). A comprehensive database for integrated analysis of omics data in autoimmune diseases. BMC Bioinformatics 22, 343.
  4. Kumar, S., Sharma, R., Tsunoda, T. et al. (2021). Forecasting the spread of COVID-19 using LSTM network. BMC Bioinformatics 22, 316.
  5. La Ferlita, A., Alaimo, S., Di Bella, S. et al. (2021). RNAdetector: a free user-friendly stand-alone and cloud-based system for RNA-Seq data analysis. BMC Bioinformatics 22, 298.
  6. Cui, Y., Wang, Z., Köster, J. et al. (2021). VISPR-online: a web-based interactive tool to visualize CRISPR screening experiments. BMC Bioinformatics 22, 344.

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