A method to discover phased siRNA loci.

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Short, interfering RNAs (siRNAs) arise from the processing of long double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) by Dicer enzymes. Dicers generate siRNA duplexes by successive hydrolysis of both strands of the dsRNA phosphodiester backbone at positions determined by measuring 21-24 nucleotides from an exposed dsRNA terminus. Therefore, a population of dsRNAs with precisely identical termini will produce siRNA spaced in regular, 21-24-nucleotide intervals. This chapter presents an easily customized and generally applicable strategy for identifying loci which produce the "phased" siRNAs diagnostic of such processing. Given the input of a large set of expressed small RNAs and of the corresponding genome or transcriptome from which the small RNAs are derived, the methodology produces a ranking of user-defined loci with respect to their likely production of phased siRNAs. Top ranked loci are candidates for further computational and biological analyses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-70
Number of pages12
JournalMethods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)
StatePublished - 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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