From masking repeats to identifying functional repeats in the mouse transcriptome.

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The back-to-back release of the mouse genome and the functionally annotated RIKEN mouse full-length cDNA collection was an important milestone in mammalian genomics. Yet much of the data remain to be explored in terms of biological effects and mechanisms. For example, interspersed repeats account for 39 per cent of the mouse genome sequence and 11 per cent of representative transcripts. A considerable number of transposable repeat elements are still active and propagating in mouse compared with human. While existing repeat databases and tools assist the classification of repeats or identification of new repeats, there is little bioinformatic support towards exploring the extent and role of repeats in transcriptional variation, modulation of protein function, or gene regulatory events. Since the mouse is used as a model organism to study human genes and their disease associations, this review focuses on information extraction and collation that captures the functional context of repeats in mouse transcripts to facilitate the biological interpretation and extrapolation of findings to the human.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-117
Number of pages11
JournalBriefings in bioinformatics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Molecular Biology

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