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Fast Folding and Comparison of RNA Secondary Structures (The Vienna RNA Package)
"... Computer codes for computation and comparison of RNA secondary structures, the Vienna RNA package, are presented, that are based on dynamic programming algorithms and aim at predictions of structures with minimum free energies as well as at computations of the equilibrium partition functions and bas ..."
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Computer codes for computation and comparison of RNA secondary structures, the Vienna RNA package, are presented, that are based on dynamic programming algorithms and aim at predictions of structures with minimum free energies as well as at computations of the equilibrium partition functions and base pairing probabilities. An efficient heuristic for the inverse folding problem of RNA is introduced. In addition we present compact and efficient programs for the comparison of RNA secondary structures based on tree editing and alignment. All computer codes are written in ANSI C. They include implementations of modified algorithms on parallel computers with distributed memory. Performance analysis carried out on an Intel Hypercube shows that parallel computing becomes gradually more and more efficient the longer the sequences are.
Landscapes and Their Correlation Functions
, 1996
"... Fitness landscapes are an important concept in molecular evolution. Many important examples of landscapes in physics and combinatorial optimation, which are widely used as model landscapes in simulations of molecular evolution and adaptation, are "elementary", i.e., they are (up to an additive const ..."
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Fitness landscapes are an important concept in molecular evolution. Many important examples of landscapes in physics and combinatorial optimation, which are widely used as model landscapes in simulations of molecular evolution and adaptation, are "elementary", i.e., they are (up to an additive constant) eigenfuctions of a graph Laplacian. It is shown that elementary landscapes are characterized by their correlation functions. The correlation functions are in turn uniquely determined by the geometry of the underlying configuration space and the nearest neighbor correlation of the elementary landscape. Two types of correlation functions are investigated here: the correlation of a time series sampled along a random walk on the landscape and the correlation function with respect to a partition of the set of all vertex pairs.
Generic Properties of Combinatory Maps  Neutral Networks of RNA Secondary Structures
, 1995
"... Random graph theory is used to model relationships between sequences and secondary structures of RNA molecules. Sequences folding into identical structures form neutral networks which percolate sequence space if the fraction of neutral nearest neighbors exceeds a threshold value. The networks of any ..."
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Random graph theory is used to model relationships between sequences and secondary structures of RNA molecules. Sequences folding into identical structures form neutral networks which percolate sequence space if the fraction of neutral nearest neighbors exceeds a threshold value. The networks of any two different structures almost touch each other, and sequences folding into almost all "common" structures can be found in a small ball of an arbitrary location in sequence space. The results from random graph theory are compared with data obtained by folding large samples of RNA sequences. Differences are explained in terms of RNA molecular structures. 1.
RNA Folding and Combinatory Landscapes
, 1993
"... In this paper we view the folding of polynucleotide (RNA) sequences as a map that assigns to each sequence a minimum free energy pattern of base pairings, known as secondary structure. Considering only the free energy leads to an energy landscape over the sequence space. Taking into account structur ..."
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In this paper we view the folding of polynucleotide (RNA) sequences as a map that assigns to each sequence a minimum free energy pattern of base pairings, known as secondary structure. Considering only the free energy leads to an energy landscape over the sequence space. Taking into account structure generates a less visualizable nonscalar "landscape", where a sequence space is mapped into a space of discrete "shapes". We investigate the statistical features of both types of landscapes by computing autocorrelation functions, as well as distributions of energy and structure distances, as a function of distance in sequence space. RNA folding is characterized by very short structure correlation lengths compared to the diameter of the sequence space. The correlation lengths depend strongly on the size and the pairing rules of the underlying nucleotide alphabet. Our data suggest that almost every minimum free energy structure is found within a small neighborhood of any random sequence. The...
Landscapes And Molecular Evolution
, 1996
"... that allows to choose the direction for the next step at random from all directions along which fitness does not decrease. Stationary states of populations correspond to local optima of the fitness landscape. Evolution is seen as a series of transitions between optima with increasing fitness values. ..."
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that allows to choose the direction for the next step at random from all directions along which fitness does not decrease. Stationary states of populations correspond to local optima of the fitness landscape. Evolution is seen as a series of transitions between optima with increasing fitness values. Wright's metaphor saw a recent revival when sufficiently simple models of fitness landscapes became available [1, 41]. These models are based on spin glass theory [63, 66] or closely related to it like Kauffman's Nk model [42]. Evolution of RNA molecules has been studied by more realistic models that deal explicitly with molecular structures obtained from folding RNA sequences [23, 24]. Fitness values serving as input parameters for evolutionary dynamics were derived through evaluation of the structures. The complexity of RNA fitness landscapes originates from conflicting consequences of structural changes that are reminiscent of "frustration" in the theory of spin glasses [2]. Fitness in t
Combinatorial Landscapes
 SIAM REVIEW
, 2002
"... Fitness landscapes have proven to be a valuable concept in evolutionary biology, combinatorial optimization, and the physics of disordered systems. A fitness landscape is a mapping from a configuration space into the real numbers. The configuration space is equipped with some notion of adjacency, ne ..."
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Fitness landscapes have proven to be a valuable concept in evolutionary biology, combinatorial optimization, and the physics of disordered systems. A fitness landscape is a mapping from a configuration space into the real numbers. The configuration space is equipped with some notion of adjacency, nearness, distance or accessibility. Landscape theory has emerged as an attempt to devise suitable mathematical structures for describing the "static" properties of landscapes as well as their influence on the dynamics of adaptation. In this review we focus on the connections of landscape theory with algebraic combinatorics and random graph theory, where exact results are available.
Statistics of RNA Melting Kinetics
, 1993
"... We present and study the behavior of a simple kinetic model for the melting of RNA secondary structures, given that those structures are known. The model is then used as a map that assigns structure dependent overall rate constants of melting (or refolding) to a sequence. This induces a "landscape" ..."
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We present and study the behavior of a simple kinetic model for the melting of RNA secondary structures, given that those structures are known. The model is then used as a map that assigns structure dependent overall rate constants of melting (or refolding) to a sequence. This induces a "landscape" of reaction rates, or activation energies, over the space of sequences with fixed length. We study the distribution and the correlation structure of these activation energies. 1. Introduction Single stranded RNA sequences fold into complex threedimensional structures. A tractable, yet reasonable, model for the map from sequences to structures considers a more coarse grained level of resolution known as the secondary structure. The secondary structure is a list of base pairs such that no pairings occur between bases located in different loop regions. Algorithms based on empirical energy data have been developed to compute the minimum free energy secondary structure of an RNA sequence (Zuker...
Landscapes  Complex Optimization Problems and Biopolymer Structures
 Computers Chem
, 1993
"... The evolution of RNA molecules in replication assays, viroids and RNA viruses can be viewed as an adaptation process on a 'fitness' landscape. The dynamics of evolution is hence tightly linked to the structure of the underlying landscape. Global features of landscapes can be described by statistical ..."
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The evolution of RNA molecules in replication assays, viroids and RNA viruses can be viewed as an adaptation process on a 'fitness' landscape. The dynamics of evolution is hence tightly linked to the structure of the underlying landscape. Global features of landscapes can be described by statistical measures like number of optima, lengths of walks, and correlation functions. The evolution of a quasispecies on such landscapes exhibits three dynamical regimes depending on the replication fidelity: Above the "localization threshold" the population is centered around a (local) optimum. Between localization and "dispersion threshold" the population is still centered around a consensus sequence, which, however, changes in time. For very large mutation rates the population spreads in sequence space like a gas. The critical mutation rates separating the three domains depend strongly on characteristics properties of the fitness landscapes. Statistical characteristics of RNA landscapes are acces...
Evolutionary Dynamics and Optimization  Neutral Networks as ModelLandscapes for RNA SecondaryStructure FoldingLandscapes
, 1995
"... We view the folding of RNAsequences as a map that assigns a pattern of base pairings to each sequence, known as secondary structure. These preimages can be constructed as random graphs (i.e. the neutral networks associated to the structure s). By interpreting the secondary structure as biological i ..."
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We view the folding of RNAsequences as a map that assigns a pattern of base pairings to each sequence, known as secondary structure. These preimages can be constructed as random graphs (i.e. the neutral networks associated to the structure s). By interpreting the secondary structure as biological information we can formulate the so called Error Threshold of Shapes as an extension of Eigen's et al. concept of an error threshold in the single peak landscape [5]. Analogue to the approach of Derrida & Peliti [3] for a flat landscape we investigate the spatial distribution of the population on the neutral network. On the one hand this model of a single shape landscape allows the derivation of analytical results, on the other hand the concept gives rise to study various scenarios by means of simulations, e.g. the interaction of two different networks [29]. It turns out that the intersection of two sets of compatible sequences (with respect to the pair of secondary structures) plays a key role in the search for "fitter" secondary structures.
Replication and Mutation on Neutral Networks
, 2000
"... Folding of RNA sequences into secondary structures is viewed as a map that assigns a uniquely de ned base pairing pattern to every sequence. The mapping is noninvertible since many sequences fold into the same minimum free energy (secondary) structure or shape. The preimages of this map, called ne ..."
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Folding of RNA sequences into secondary structures is viewed as a map that assigns a uniquely de ned base pairing pattern to every sequence. The mapping is noninvertible since many sequences fold into the same minimum free energy (secondary) structure or shape. The preimages of this map, called neutral networks, are uniquely associated with the shapes and vice versa. Random graph theory is used to construct networks in sequence space which are suitable models for neutral networks. The theory of molecular quasispecies has been applied to replication and mutation on singlepeak tness landscapes. This concept is extended by considering evolution on degenerate multipeak landscapes which originate from neutral networks by assuming that one particular shape is tter than all others. On such a singleshape landscape the superior tness value is assigned to all sequences belonging