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Computational miRNomics – Integrative Approaches

  • Ralf Hofestädt , Falk Schreiber , Björn Sommer and Jens Allmer EMAIL logo

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With this special issue on Computational miRNomics, we would like to start a new generation of publications in the Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics (JIB). From 2017 onwards, JIB will be published by De Gruyter which is one of the largest Open Access publishers in Germany with a long history. Established in 1918 with roots reaching even further back, the JIB editorial board decided that De Gruyter is the perfect partner to increase the level of professionalism for our publication processing and journal development.

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Computational miRNomics

MicroRNAs (miRNAs), discovered more than 2 decades ago [1], are generated following a relatively well-defined molecular pathway [2]. Hairpin-like structures (pre-miRNAs) are excised from RNA. These are further processed into short single-stranded RNAs. These mature microRNAs are short non-coding RNA sequences involved in post transcriptional regulation of protein abundance. Thereby, they have a direct impact on the phenotype [3].

Hassani-Pak and Rawlings are giving an overview of knowledge discovery from federated databases for linking genes and phenotypes. Such methods represent basic tools for computational miRNomics today and in the future [4]. Their discourse does not include miRNAs, but Suluyayla et al. [5] describe a new database containing miRNAs and their target interactions which can be queried using VANESA [6] to enrich gene regulatory pathways with miRNA interactions. Genes and their interactions are evolutionary conserved and Yazbeck et al. analyze and quantify miRNA evolution [7]. Their analysis is complemented by an analysis of mutations in mature miRNA sequences by Bhattacharya and Cui [8]. Finally, Goswami et al. analyze the practical impact of differential miRNA regulation for salt tolerance in rice [9].

This concludes the two volume special assessment of miRNomics where the first volume [10] concentrated on computational aspects of miRNA and target discovery. This second volume focuses on evolutionary and integrative aspects of miRNA analyses while both provide practical applications.

  1. Conflict of interest statement: Authors state no conflict of interest. All authors have read the journal’s Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement available at the journal’s website and hereby confirm that they comply with all its parts applicable to the present scientific work.

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Received: 2017-3-14
Revised: 2017-3-14
Accepted: 2017-3-14
Published Online: 2017-6-13

©2017, Jens Allmer et al., Published by De Gruyter, Berlin/Boston

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