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Current Bioinformatics
ISSN (Print): 1574-8936
ISSN (Online): 2212-392X
DOI: 10.2174/1574893608999140109121908

Bioinformatics: A Molecular Microbiologist’s Perspective

Author(s): Sílvia A. Sousa, Joana R. Feliciano, Andre M. Grilo and Jorge H. Leitao
Pages 8-17 (10)
Research activities in the area of biological sciences, and particularly molecular microbiology, nowadays generate vast amounts of data. The development of faster and cheaper sequencing methods has definitively contributed to this huge amount of data, requiring the development of fast and reliable tools for their analysis. In the last years, many easy-to-use, reliable and powerful bioinformatics tools have been developed. In this work, we review the fundamentals of some of these tools, and describe how we have been using them to analyze data resulting from our research envisaging the identification and characterization of virulence factors and determinants from the human opportunistic pathogens of the Burkholderia cepacia complex. Examples given illustrate the user-friendly characteristic of these tools and their power both in analyzing information and in orientating future experimental work.
Bacterial virulence factor identification, bioinformatics tools, 3D structure prediction, protein function prediction, protein interaction prediction, sequence alignments.
IBB-Institute for Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Centre for Biological and Chemical Engineering, Department of Bioengineering, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal.