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Artificial Neural Network Prediction of Antisense Oligodeoxynucleotide Activity

Michael Giddings, Department of Human Genetics
University of Utah

Wednesday, May 3, 2000, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

2310 Computer Science & Statistics


Antisense oligonucleotides have uses for both research and therapeutic purposes. They provide the ability to target a gene with high specificity, reducing its in vivo expression through hybridization with its RNA transcript. A given RNA sequence presents many potential sites for antisense targeting. A significant issue in antisense oligonucleotide design is the selection of those sites where antisense targeting will be most effective. Prior computational approaches to this problem have considered hybridization energetics and/or structural issues to try to predict these sites. We have approached this problem by examining the correlation between short (e.g. tetranucleotide) sequence motifs and the activity of antisense molecules, using a database of 349 oligos reported in the literature. Upon finding that certain motifs have a high correlation with oligo efficacy, we designed a neural network system to utilize these correlation patterns for predicting oligo efficacy. Networks were developed which can predict active target sites with a success rate of over 50%. This can be compared to a success rate for finding active oligos of less than 10% when sites are selected by trial and error. The method therefore provides a five-fold reduction in the number of oligos that must be screened to find effective sites. The talk will present our approach, covering some of the network architectures and cross-validation procedures used, as well as a discussion of how this tool might be used practically in the laboratory. Given time, there may also be brief forays into the topics of proteomics and careers in bioinformatics.

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