PromoterPredict: sequence-based modelling of Escherichia coli σ70 promoter strength yields logarithmic dependence between promoter strength and sequence
- Subject Areas
- Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Data Mining and Machine Learning
- Bioengineering, Promoter analysis, Machine learning, Web service, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Algorithms, Housekeeping genes
- © 2018 Bharanikumar et al.
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- 2018. PromoterPredict: sequence-based modelling of Escherichia coli σ70 promoter strength yields logarithmic dependence between promoter strength and sequence. PeerJ Preprints 6:e26759v2 https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.26759v2
We present PromoterPredict, a dynamic multiple regression approach to predict the strength of Escherichia coli promoters binding the σ70 factor of RNA polymerase. σ70 promoters are ubiquitously used in recombinant DNA technology, but characterizing their strength is demanding in terms of both time and money. Using a well-characterized set of promoters, we trained a multivariate linear regression model and found that the log of the promoter strength is significantly linearly associated with a weighted sum of the –10 and –35 sequence profile scores. It was found that the two regions contributed almost equally to the promoter strength. PromoterPredict accepts –10 and –35 hexamer sequences and returns the predicted promoter strength. It is capable of dynamic learning from user-supplied data to refine the model construction and yield more confident estimates of promoter strength. PromoterPredict is available as both a web service ( https://promoterpredict.com ) and standalone tool ( https://github.com/PromoterPredict ). Our work presents an intuitive generalization applicable to modelling the strength of other promoter classes.
Changed fig. 4 to table; included link to bioinformatics tool within Abstract. Minor editing of manuscript (typos etc.)