Computational analysis of stop codon readthrough in D.melanogasterMisaki Sato1, Hitomi Umeki2, Rintaro Saito, Akio Kanai, Masaru Tomita
firstname.lastname@example.org, Laboratory for Bioinformatics, Institute for Advanced Biosciences, Keio University; email@example.com, Laboratory for Bioinformatics, Institute for Advanced Biosciences, Keio University
Readthrough is an unusual process in which a stop codon is misread or skipped. Recently it has been shown that some translation is regulated by the readthrough reactions although the complete mechanism is not clear. Therefore, the discovery of “readthrough genes” is important for further investigation of their cellular roles, which may provide additional insights into the mechanism of translational regulation.
We constructed a system that lists candidates of readthrough genes based on the existence of a “protein motif” at the 3’ untranslated region (UTR). Using this system, we extracted 85 candidates from 4,082 nucleic acid sequences of Drosophila melanogaster in GenBank database. The sequences of these candidates had a slightly more stable secondary structure and different base preferences compared to the non-candidates. As these features are known to have an effect on readthrough events, we would like to suggest that these candidates contain actual readthrough genes.
Reference: "Computational analysis of stop codon readthrough in D.melanogaster" Sato, M., Umeki, H., Saito, R., and Tomita, M.; Bioinformatics, in press