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Comparison Of Probabilistic Boolean Network And Dynamic Bayesian Network Approaches For Inferring Gene Regulatory Networks, Peng Li, Chaoyang Zhang, Edward J. Perkins, Ping Gong, Youping Deng Nov 2007

Comparison Of Probabilistic Boolean Network And Dynamic Bayesian Network Approaches For Inferring Gene Regulatory Networks, Peng Li, Chaoyang Zhang, Edward J. Perkins, Ping Gong, Youping Deng

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Background: The regulation of gene expression is achieved through gene regulatory networks (GRNs) in which collections of genes interact with one another and other substances in a cell. In order to understand the underlying function of organisms, it is necessary to study the behavior of genes in a gene regulatory network context. Several computational approaches are available for modeling gene regulatory networks with different datasets. In order to optimize modeling of GRN, these approaches must be compared and evaluated in terms of accuracy and efficiency.

Results: In this paper, two important computational approaches for modeling gene regulatory networks, probabilistic Boolean ...


Cloning, Analysis And Functional Annotation Of Expressed Sequence Tags From The Earthworm Eisenia Fetida, Mehdi Pirooznia, Ping Gong, Xin Guan, Laura S. Inouye, Kuan Yang, Edward J. Perkins, Youping Deng Nov 2007

Cloning, Analysis And Functional Annotation Of Expressed Sequence Tags From The Earthworm Eisenia Fetida, Mehdi Pirooznia, Ping Gong, Xin Guan, Laura S. Inouye, Kuan Yang, Edward J. Perkins, Youping Deng

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Background

Eisenia fetida, commonly known as red wiggler or compost worm, belongs to the Lumbricidae family of the Annelida phylum. Little is known about its genome sequence although it has been extensively used as a test organism in terrestrial ecotoxicology. In order to understand its gene expression response to environmental contaminants, we cloned 4032 cDNAs or expressed sequence tags (ESTs) from two E. fetida libraries enriched with genes responsive to ten ordnance related compounds using suppressive subtractive hybridization-PCR.

Results

A total of 3144 good quality ESTs (GenBank dbEST accession number EH669363–EH672369 and EL515444–EL515580) were obtained from the raw ...


Structure And Function Predictions Of The Msa Protein In Staphylococcus Aureus, Vijayaraj Nagarajan, Mohamed O. Elasri Jan 2007

Structure And Function Predictions Of The Msa Protein In Staphylococcus Aureus, Vijayaraj Nagarajan, Mohamed O. Elasri

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Background

Staphylococcus aureus is a human pathogen that causes a wide variety of life-threatening infections using a large number of virulence factors. One of the major global regulators used by S. aureus is the staphylococcal accessory regulator (sarA). We have identified and characterized a new gene (modulator of sarA: msa) that modulates the expression of sarA. Genetic and functional analysis shows that msa has a global effect on gene expression in S. aureus. However, the mechanism of Msa function is still unknown. Function predictions of Msa are complicated by the fact that it does not have a homologous partner in ...