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LocalAli: An Evolutionary-based Local Alignment Approach to Identify Functionally Conserved Modules in Multiple Networks.

Hu, J. and Reinert, K. (2015) LocalAli: An Evolutionary-based Local Alignment Approach to Identify Functionally Conserved Modules in Multiple Networks. Bioinformatics, 30 (1). pp. 363-372. ISSN 1367-4803

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MOTIVATION:Sequences and protein interaction data are of significance to understand the underlying molecular mechanism of organisms. Local network alignment is one of key systematic ways for predicting protein functions, identifying functional modules, and understanding the phylogeny from these data. Most of currently existing tools, however, encounter their limitations which are mainly concerned with scoring scheme, speed and scalability. Therefore, there are growing demands for sophisticated network evolution models and efficient local alignment algorithms. RESULTS:We developed a fast and scalable local network alignment tool so-called LocalAli for the identification of functionally conserved modules in multiple networks. In this algorithm, we firstly proposed a new framework to reconstruct the evolution history of conserved modules based on a maximum-parsimony evolutionary model. By relying on this model, LocalAli facilitates interpretation of resulting local alignments in terms of conserved modules which have been evolved from a common ancestral module through a series of evolutionary events. A meta-heuristic method simulated annealing was used to search for the optimal or near-optimal inner nodes (i.e. ancestral modules) of the evolutionary tree. To evaluate the performance and the statistical significance, LocalAli were tested on a total of 26 real datasets and 1040 randomly generated datasets. The results suggest that LocalAli outperforms all existing algorithms in terms of coverage, consistency and scalability, meanwhile retains a high precision in the identification of functionally coherent subnetworks. AVAILABILITY:The source code and test datasets are freely available for download under the GNU GPL v3 license at or

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Biological Sciences > Biology
Mathematical and Computer Sciences > Computer Science
Divisions:Department of Mathematics and Computer Science > Institute of Computer Science > Algorithmic Bioinformatics Group
ID Code:1457
Deposited By: Prof. Dr. Knut Reinert
Deposited On:12 Oct 2014 19:16
Last Modified:15 Nov 2016 14:02

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