qiRNApredictor: A Novel Computational Program for the Prediction of qiRNAs in Neurospora crassa

PloS One
Haiyou DengYuangen Yao


Recently, a new type of small interfering RNAs (qiRNAs) of typically 20~21 nucleotides was found in Neurospora crassa and rice and has been shown to regulate gene silencing in the DNA damage response. Identification of qiRNAs is fundamental for dissecting regulatory functions and molecular mechanisms. In contrast to other expensive and time-consuming experimental methods, the computational prediction of qiRNAs is a conveniently rapid method for gaining valuable information for a subsequent experimental verification. However, no tool existed to date for the prediction of qiRNAs. To this purpose, we developed the novel qiRNA prediction software package qiRNApredictor. This software demonstrates a promising sensitivity of 93.55% and a specificity of 71.61% from the leave-one-out validation. These studies might be beneficial for further experimental investigation. Furthermore, the local package of qiRNApredictor was implemented and made freely available to the academic community at Supplementary material.


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