This web server provides online access to a series of tools
developed by the Freiburg Bioinformatics Group.
To start using it, please select from the listings below,
or use the menu on the left. If you prefer doing a
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Freiburg RNA Tools
Freiburg RNA tools provides
online access to a series of RNA research tools developed by the
Freiburg Bioinformatics Group for
sequence-structure alignments (LocARNA, CARNA, MARNA),
interaction prediction (IntaRNA, CopraRNA),
sequence design (AntaRNA, INFORNA, SECISDesign),
CRISPR repeat analyses (CRISPRmap),
and many more tasks.
CopraRNA is a tool for sRNA target prediction. It computes whole genome
predictions by combination of whole genome IntaRNA
predictions using homologous sRNA sequences from distinct organisms.
IntaRNA enables the prediction of RNA-RNA interactions. It has
been designed to predict mRNA target sites for given non-coding RNAs
(ncRNAs) like eukaryotic microRNAs (miRNAs) or bacterial small RNAs
(sRNAs), but it can also be used to predict other types of RNA-RNA
GLASSgo (GLobal Automated sRNA Search go) combines iterative BLAST
searches, pairwise identity filtering, and structure based
clustering in an automated prediction pipeline to find sRNA
homologs from scratch. The web server provides
predefined parameter sets for a non-expert usage
as well as enables a manual setup of the query parameters.
LocARNA computes multiple alignments of RNAs based on their sequence and
structure similarity. In contrast to, e.g. MARNA, it considers the whole
ensemble of secondary structures for each RNA. Thus, LocARNA aligns RNAs
with unknown structure and predicts a consensus secondary structure for
a set of unaligned RNAs. Specification of additional
constraints or even enforcement of fixed input structures is possible.
LocARNA is best suited to compare structural RNAs, in particular, of low sequence similarity.
Carna is a tool for multiple alignment of RNA molecules based on their full
ensembles of structures. Carna computes the alignment that fits best to all likely structures
simultaneously. Hence, Carna is in particular useful to align RNAs
with more than one stable structure, as for example riboswitches,
and is able to align arbitrary pseudoknots.
MARNA computes multiple sequence-structure alignments considering
a single fixed structure for each sequence only.
ExpaRNA is a fast, motif-based comparison and alignment tool for RNA molecules.
Instead of computing a full sequence-structure alignment, it computes the best
arrangement of sequence-structure motifs common to two RNAs.
CRISPRmap provides a quick and detailed
insight into repeat conservation and diversity of both bacterial
and archaeal systems. It comprises the largest dataset of CRISPRs
to date and enables comprehensive independent clustering analyses
to determine conserved sequence families, potential structure
motifs for endoribonucleases, and evolutionary relationships.
AntaRNA is an Ant-Colony Optimization based tool which solves the RNA inverse
folding problem. It designs RNA sequences which satisfy a set of
constraints made by the user. The realized multi-objective optimization allows
to introduce structure, sequence and GC-content constraints.
INFO-RNA is a server for the design of RNA sequences that fold into
a given pseudo-knot free RNA secondary structure.
SECISDesign is a server for the design of SECIS-elements within the coding sequence of an
mRNA with both structure and sequence constraints. Furthermore, a certain similarity to the
original protein is kept. It can be used e.g. for recombinant expression of selenoproteins in E. coli.
NIPU allows to display splicing regulatory motifs and single-stranded regions.