FLI. AA. 35.8. AC. 35.8. AG. 30.5. AT. 33.4. CA. 36.9. CC. 33.4. CG. 31.1. CT. 30.5. GA. 39.3. GC. 38.3. GG. 33.4. GT. 35.8. TA. 40. TC. 39.3. TG. 36.9. TT. 35.8. A new way of seeing genomes Combining sequence- and signal-based genome analyses.
A new way of seeing genomes
Combining sequence- and signal-based genome analyses
Maik Friedel, Thomas Wilhelm, Jürgen Sühnel
So far, genome analysis is almost exclusively done by treating the sequence as a character string. We developed a new approach that may lead to an improved understanding of nucleotide sequences. Our genome browser encodes the sequence by geometrical or physicochemical dinucleotide properties. The values of these properties are plotted as a dinucleotide-based sequence graph. This type of visualization allows to recognize sequence patterns that are hidden in the usual character string representation. The graph can be manipulated in real time by zooming in and out, changing the amplitude, and by smoothing the graph adopting a shifting window technique. GenBank annotations such as exons, introns etc. can be visualized by different colors. The browser also allows to search for motifs in general and for repeats in particular, both at the character-based sequence and the signal levels. Finally, it offers a number of options for statistical analysis. In summary, the new genome browser is a powerful new tool for enhanced genome analysis. This leads to deeper insights into organization and function of the genome. For providing a reliable basis of dinucleotide property sets we have collected more than 100 in the dinucleotide property database DiProDB (diprodb.fli-leibniz.de).
(main table showing a list of twist parameter sets)
twist (B-DNA) [degree]
(Gorin et al.
J. Mol. Biol. 247, 34-48 (1995)).
(part ofE. coli K12 genome; applied dinucleotide property: stacking energy)
The main window of the genome browser consists of three panel:
(1) Control Panel: uploading and manipulating of sequence information and coding parameter
(2) Main Window: signal curve display
(3) Position Panel: position information of the actually depicted sequence range
1. Visualization of evolutionary events
The DiPro- genome browser can be used to distinguish between 3 types of rRNA gene clusters in chloroplast genomes. The patterns can be best seen applying the free energy change dataset set for the DNA double strand.
2. Visualization of gene and exon/intron organization
With help of the DiPro- genome browser it can be shown that genes tend to be purine-rich. In the Figures shown below the sequence (positive strand) is encoded by the purine content. On the left side all genes of the + strand and on the right side all genes of the – strand are shown in red.
3. Repeats which cannot be found by standard repeat search methods
We have shown this by hiding DNA sequence repeats in an artificial sequence with only 50% alignment identity. The new sequence contains the same repeats that are only visible in the signal representation.
Inverted Repeats (25kB)
79 of 88 genomes
1.) original sequence repeats
2.) the same repeats hidden in an artificial sequence with only 50% sequence identity
Saccharum officinarum chloroplast
Inverted Repeat Lacking Clade
7 of 88 genomes
Ureaplasma parvum serovar 3 str.
The genome browser DiProGB is a powerful new tool for motif discovery in genomes. In addition to the standard sequence representation the DNA is also analyzed considering thermodynamical and geometrical dinucleotide properties which we have collected in the new database DiProDB. This allows to identify and visualize a broad range of both known and unknown genome patterns. The new way of seeing the genome can lead to a better understanding of its organization and function.
Pinus thunbergii chloroplast
The exon (red) and intron (green) structure of a given gene can be seen adopting a GC content representation. Exons tend to have a higher GC content than introns.
3 Directed Repeats
2 of 88 genomes
Euglena gracilis chloroplast
Euglena gracilis chloroplast (76235-81341)