UNIT 1.10 Comparative Bioinformatics for Mouse and Human Genes: Getting Started

  1. Douglas P. Mortlock

Published Online: 1 SEP 2004

DOI: 10.1002/0471142905.hg0110s41

Current Protocols in Human Genetics

Current Protocols in Human Genetics

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Mortlock, D. P. 2004. Comparative Bioinformatics for Mouse and Human Genes: Getting Started. Current Protocols in Human Genetics. 41:1.10:1.10.1–1.10.20.

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  1. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee

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  1. Published Online: 1 SEP 2004
  2. Published Print: APR 2004

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The primary goal of this unit is to describe methods for using online bioinformatic resources to identify data pertaining to specific mouse genes or genomic regions, from the perspective of a researcher who has identified a human gene(s) of interest and wishes to obtain some basic information about the orthologous murine gene-such as the mouse genomic sequence containing the gene, cDNA sequence and exon/intron structure, and conserved noncoding regions that may indicate regulatory elements.

Basic Protocol 1 describes how to obtain mouse gene sequences via Ensembl. Basic Protocol 2 describes a sequence homology search for locating a mouse ortholog of a human gene using the UCSC genome browser. Basic Protocols 3 and 4 provide instructions for performing comparative analysis of large human and mouse genomics sequences, using the PipMaker (Schwartz et al., 2000) and VISTA (Mayor et al., 2000) online tools.