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MutaFrame - an interpretative visualization framework for deleteriousness prediction of missense variants in the human exome

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MOTIVATION: High-throughput experiments are generating ever increasing amounts of various -omics data, so shedding new light on the link between human disorders, their genetic causes, and the related impact on protein behavior and structure. While numerous bioinformatics tools now exist that predict which variants in the human exome cause diseases, few tools predict the reasons why they might do so. Yet, understanding the impact of variants at the molecular level is a prerequisite for the rational development of targeted drugs or personalized therapies.

RESULTS: We present the updated MutaFrame webserver, which aims to meet this need. It offers two deleteriousness prediction softwares, DEOGEN2 and SNPMuSiC, and is designed for bioinformaticians and medical researchers who want to gain insights into the origins of monogenic diseases. It contains information at two levels for each human protein: its amino acid sequence and its 3-dimensional structure; we used the experimental structures whenever available, and modeled structures otherwise. MutaFrame also includes higher-level information, such as protein essentiality and protein-protein interactions. It has a user-friendly interface for the interpretation of results and a convenient visualization system for protein structures, in which the variant positions introduced by the user and other structural information are shown. In this way, MutaFrame aids our understanding of the pathogenic processes caused by single-site mutations and their molecular and contextual interpretation.

AVAILABILITY: Mutaframe webserver at http://mutaframe.com/.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Supplementary data is available at Bioinformatics online.

Journal: Bioinformatics
ISSN: 1367-4803
Issue: 1
Volume: 38
Pages: 265-266
Publication year:2022
Accessibility:Open