sRNARFTarget: a machine learning-based approach for sRNA target prediction

Naskulwar, Kratika (2020) sRNARFTarget: a machine learning-based approach for sRNA target prediction. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Bacterial small regulatory RNAs (sRNAs) play a vital role in the regulation of gene expression in bacteria. sRNAs regulate gene expression by interacting with mRNAs or proteins. Bacterial sRNAs are involved in various processes, such as environmental stress response, metabolism, and virulence. We need to identify the mRNAs and/or proteins that these sRNAs interact with, to understand the functional roles of sRNAs. These mRNAs or proteins are called targets of the sRNAs. There are several computational tools available for sRNA target prediction; however, these tools have a high number of false positives, and the most accurate tool requires sRNA sequence conservation across bacteria. As a result of this research project, a machine-learning-based method (sRNARFTarget) for sRNA target prediction applicable to any bacterium or sRNA has been developed. In this thesis, we show that sRNARFTarget substantially outperforms current non-comparative genomics-based methods in terms of running time and ranking of true interactions.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 14768
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 79-93).
Keywords: sRNA Target Prediction, Target Prediction, sRNA - mRNA interaction, Nucleotide frequency
Department(s): Science, Faculty of > Computer Science
Date: July 2020
Date Type: Submission
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Library of Congress Subject Heading: Non-coding RNA; Machine learning--Scientific applications.

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