FACIL: Fast and accurate genetic code inference and logo

Bas E. Dutilh, Rasa Jurgelenaite, Radek Szklarczyk, Sacha A.F.T. van Hijum, Harry R. Harhangi, Markus Schmid, Bart de Wild, Kees Jan Françoijs, Hendrik G. Stunnenberg, Marc Strous, Mike S.M. Jetten, Huub J.M. Op den Camp, Martijn A. Huynen

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Motivation: The intensification of DNA sequencing will increasingly unveil uncharacterized species with potential alternative genetic codes. A total of 0.65% of the DNA sequences currently in Genbank encode their proteins with a variant genetic code, and these exceptions occur in many unrelated taxa. Results: We introduce FACIL (Fast and Accurate genetic Code Inference and Logo), a fast and reliable tool to evaluate nucleic acid sequences for their genetic code that detects alternative codes even in species distantly related to known organisms. To illustrate this, we apply FACIL to a set of mitochondrial genomic contigs of Globobulimina pseudospinescens. This foraminifer does not have any sequenced close relative in the databases, yet we infer its alternative genetic code with high confidence values. Results are intuitively visualized in a Genetic Code Logo.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberbtr316
Pages (from-to)1929-1933
Number of pages5
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes


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