Ellis, J. C. 2020. BMC Genomics

P Finder:  Genomic and metagenomic annotation of RNAse P RNA gene (rnpB)

J. Christopher Ellis
BMC Genomics 21: 334; doi: 10.1186/s12864-020-6615-z

Abstract

The rnpB gene encodes for an essential catalytic RNA (RNase P). Like other essential RNAs, RNase P’s sequence is highly variable. However, unlike other essential RNAs (i.e. tRNA, 16 S, 6 S,…) its structure is also variable with at least 5 distinct structure types observed in prokaryotes. This structural variability makes it labor intensive and challenging to create and maintain covariance models for the detection of RNase P RNA in genomic and metagenomic sequences. The lack of a facile and rapid annotation algorithm has led to the rnpB gene being the most grossly under annotated essential gene in completed prokaryotic genomes with only a 24% annotation rate. Here we describe the coupling of the largest RNase P RNA database with the local alignment scoring algorithm to create the most sensitive and rapid prokaryote rnpB gene identification and annotation algorithm to date.

Citation

Ellis, J.C. P finder: genomic and metagenomic annotation of RNase P RNA gene (rnpB). BMC Genomics 21, 334 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12864-020-6615-z 

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https://doi.org/10.1186/s12864-020-6615-z

https://github.com/JChristopherEllis/P-Finder