RNA can provide vital cellular functions through its secondary or tertiary structure. Due to the low-throughput nature of experimental approaches, studies on RNA structures mainly resort to computational methods. However, current existing tools fail to consider RNA structure ensembles and do not provide ways to decipher functional hypotheses for the new predictions. In this research, a novel method was proposed to identify the functionally interpretable structure ensemble of a given RNA sequence and provide the meta-stable structure, or the most frequently observed functional RNA cellular conformation, based on the ensemble. In the prediction of meta-stable structures, the proposed method outperformed existing tools on a yeast test set. The inferred functional aspects were then manually checked and demonstrated a micro-averaging F1 value of 0.92. Further, a biological example of the yeast ASH1-E1 element was discussed to articulate that these functional aspects can also suggest testable hypotheses. Then the proposed method was verified to be well applicable to other species through a human test set. Finally, the proposed method was demonstrated to show resistance to sequence length-dependent performance deterioration.
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|IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
|Published - 2022
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