LIFT: lncRNA identification and function-prediction tool

Sumukh Deshpande, James Shuttleworth, Jianhua Yang, Sandy Taramonli, Matthew England

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Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are a class of non-coding RNAs which play a significant role in several biological processes. Accurate identification and sub-classification of lncRNAs is crucial for exploring their characteristic functions in the genome as most coding potential computation (CPC) tools fail to accurately identify, classify and predict their biological functions in plant species. In this study, a novel computational framework called LncRNA identification and function prediction tool (LIFT) has been developed, which implements least absolute shrinkage and selection operator (LASSO) optimisation and iterative random forests classification for selection of optimal features, a novel position-based classification (PBC) method for sub-classifying lncRNAs into different classes, and a Bayesian-based function prediction approach for annotating lncRNA transcripts. Using LASSO, LIFT selected 31 optimal features and achieved a 15-30% improvement in the prediction accuracy on plant species when evaluated against state-of-the-art CPC tools. Using PBC, LIFT successfully identified the intergenic and antisense transcripts with greater accuracy in the A. thaliana and Z. mays datasets.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)512-536
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Bioinformatics Research and Applications
Issue number6
Early online date17 Jan 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Jan 2022

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  • BMRF
  • Bayesian Markov random fields
  • Function prediction
  • Iterative random forests
  • Least absolute shrinkage and selection operator
  • LncRNA
  • Long non-coding RNAs
  • PBC
  • Position-based classification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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