REWERSE-RP-2008-001

Sebastian Will, Anke Busch, Rolf Backofen:
Efficient Sequence Alignment with Side-Constraints by Cluster Tree Elimination.


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In: Constraints Journal - Special Issue on Constraint based methods for Bioinformatics 13 (1), 110-129, April 2008
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Abstract
Aligning DNA and protein sequences is a core technique in molecular biology. Often, it is desirable to include partial prior knowledge and conditions in an alignment. Going beyond prior work, we aim at the integration of such side constraints in free combination into alignment algorithms. The most common and successful technique for efficient alignment algorithms is dynamic programming (DP). However, a weakness of DP is that one cannot include additional constraints without specifically tailoring a new DP algorithm. Here, we discuss a declarative approach that is based on constraint techniques and show how it can be extended by formulating additional knowledge as constraints. We take special care to obtain the efficiency of DP for sequence alignment. This is achieved by careful modeling and applying proper solving strategies. Finally, we apply our method to the scanning for RNA motifs in large sequences. This case study demonstrates how the new approach can be used in real biological problems. A prototypic implementation of the method is available at http://www.bioinf.uni-freiburg.de/Software/CTE-Alignment.

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BibTeX:

@article{REWERSE-RP-2008-001,
	author = {Sebastian Will and Anke Busch and Rolf Backofen},
	title = {Efficient Sequence Alignment with Side-Constraints by Cluster Tree Elimination},
	journal = {Constraints Journal - Special Issue on Constraint based methods for Bioinformatics},
	year = {2008},
	volume = {13},
	number = {1},
	pages = {110--129},
	url = {http://rewerse.net/publications/rewerse-publications.html#REWERSE-RP-2008-001}
}

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