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Comparative Analyses of Plant Transcription Factor Databases

[ Vol. 10 , Issue. 1 ]

Author(s):

Silvia R. Ramirez and Chhandak Basu   Pages 10 - 17 ( 8 )

Abstract:


Transcription factors (TFs) are proteinaceous complex, which bind to the promoter regions in the DNA and affect transcription initiation. Plant TFs control gene expressions and genes control many physiological processes, which in turn trigger cascades of biochemical reactions in plant cells. The databases available for plant TFs are somewhat abundant but all convey different information and in different formats. Some of the publicly available plant TF databases may be narrow, while others are broad in scopes. For example, some of the best TF databases are ones that are very specific with just one plant species, but there are also other databases that contain a total of up to 20 different plant species. In this review plant TF databases ranging from a single species to many will be assessed and described. The comparative analyses of all the databases and their advantages and disadvantages are also discussed.

Keywords:

Plant transcription factor databases, bioinformatics

Affiliation:

School of Biological Sciences, 2480 Ross Hall, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado 80639, USA.



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