RNAdigest: A web-based tool for the analysis and prediction of structure - Specific RNAse digestion results

Academic Article


  • Despite recent developments in analyzing RNA secondary structures, relatively few RNA structures have been determined. To date, many investigators have relied on the traditional method of using structure-specific RNAse enzymes to probe RNA secondary structures. However, if these data were combined with novel computational approaches, investigators would have an informative and valuable tool for RNA structural analysis. To this end, we created the web server "RNAdigest." RNAdigest uses mfold RNA structural models in order to predict the results of RNAse digestion experiments. Furthermore, RNAdigest also utilizes both RNA sequence and the experimental digestion patterns to formulate the constraints for predicting secondary structures of the RNA. Thus, RNAdigest allows for the structural interpretation of RNAse digestion experiments. Overall, RNAdigest simplifies RNAse digestion result analyses while allowing for the identification of unique fragments. These unique fragments can then be used for testing predicted mfold structures and for designing structural-specific DNA/RNA probes. © 2014 Madanecki et al.
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  • PLoS One  Journal
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    Author List

  • Madanecki P; Nozell S; Ochocka R; Collawn JF; Bartoszewski R
  • Volume

  • 9
  • Issue

  • 5