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Algorithms in Computational Biology (236522) Fall 2004-5 Lecture #1 Lecturer: Shlomo Moran, Taub 639, tel 4363 Office hours Thursday 1630-1730 TA: Sivan.

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1 Algorithms in Computational Biology (236522) Fall Lecture #1 Lecturer: Shlomo Moran, Taub 639, tel 4363 Office hours Thursday TA: Sivan Yogev, Taub 224, tel 5617 Office hours Monday Lecture: Tuesday 12:30-14:30, Taub 6 Tutorial: Thursday 10:30-11:30, Taub 6 1 st tutorial: Sunday 24.10, 16:30, Taub 6 This class has been initially edited from Nir Friedmans lecture at the Hebrew University. Changes made by Dan Geiger, then by Shlomo Moran.

2 Course Information Requirements & Grades: 15-25% homework, in five assignments. [Submit in two weeks time]. Homework is obligatory % test. Must pass beyond 55 for the homeworks grade to count Exam date:

3 Bibliography Biological Sequence Analysis, R.Durbin et al., Cambridge University Press, 1998 Introduction to Molecular Biology, J. Setubal, J. Meidanis, PWS publishing Company, 1997 Phylogenetics, C. Semple, M. Steel, Oxford press, 2003 url:

4 Course Prerequisites Computer Science and Probability Background Data structure 1 (cs234218) Algorithms 1 (cs234247) Probability (any course) Some Biology Background u Formally: None, to allow CS students to take this course. u Recommended: Molecular Biology 1 (especially for those in the Bioinformatics track), or a similar Biology course, and/or a serious desire to complement your knowledge in Biology by reading the appropriate material (see the course web site).

5 Relations to Some Other Courses Bioinformatics Software (cs236523). The course Introduction to Bioinformatics covers practical aspects and hands on experience with many web-based bioinformatics programs. Albeit not a formal requirement, it is recommended that you look on the web site and examine the relevant software. Bioinformatics algorithms (cs236522). This is the current course which focuses on modeling some bioinformatics problems and presents algorithms for their solution. Bioinformatics project (cs236524). Developing bioinformatics tools under close guidance.

6 Biological Background Due time: Tutorial class of (2 weeks from today). First home work assignment: Read the first chapter (pages 1-30) of Setubal et al., (copies are available in the Taub building library, and in the central library). Answer the questions of the first assignment in the course site.

7 Computational Biology Computational biology is the application of computational tools and techniques to (primarily) molecular biology. It enables new ways of study in life sciences, allowing analytic and predictive methodologies that support and enhance laboratory work. It is a multidisciplinary area of study that combines Biology, Computer Science, and Statistics. Computational biology is also called Bioinformatics, although many practitioners define Bioinformatics somewhat narrower by restricting the field to molecular Biology only.

8 Examples of Areas of Interest Building evolutionary trees from molecular (and other) data Efficiently constructing genomes of various organisms Understanding the structure of genomes (SNP, SSR, Genes) Understanding function of genes in the cell cycle and disease Deciphering structure and function of proteins _____________________ SNP: Single Nucleotide Polymorphism SSR: Simple Sequence Repeat

9 Exponential growth of biological information: growth of sequences, structures, and literature.

10 Four Aspects Biological –What is the task? Algorithmic –How to perform the task at hand efficiently? Learning –How to adapt/estimate/learn parameters and models describing the task from examples Statistics –How to differentiate true phenomena from artifacts

11 Example: Sequence Comparison Biological –Evolution preserves sequences, thus similar genes might have similar function Algorithmic –Consider all ways to align one sequence against another Learning –How do we define similar sequences? Use examples to define similarity Statistics –When we compare to ~10 6 sequences, what is a random match and what is true one

12 Course Goals Learning about computational tools for (primarily) molecular biology. Cover computational tasks that are posed by modern molecular biology Discuss the biological motivation and setup for these tasks Understand the kinds of solutions that exist and what principles justify them

13 Topics I Dealing with DNA/Protein sequences: Informal biological background. Finding similar sequences Models of sequences: Hidden Markov Models Gene finding

14 Topics II Models of genetic changes: Long term: evolutionary changes among species Reconstructing evolutionary trees from sequences Short term: genetic variations in a population Finding genes by linkage and association

15 Topics III (if time allows) Protein World: How proteins fold - secondary & tertiary structure How to predict protein folds from sequences data How to analyze proteins changes from raw experimental measurements (MassSpec)

16 Human Genome Most human cells contain 46 chromosomes: 2 sex chromosomes (X,Y): XY – in males. XX – in females. 22 pairs of chromosomes named autosomes.

17 DNA Organization Source: Alberts et al

18 The Double Helix Source: Alberts et al

19 DNA Components Four nucleotide types: Adenine Guanine Cytosine Thymine Hydrogen bonds (electrostatic connection): A-T C-G

20 Genome Sizes E.Coli (bacteria)4.6 x 10 6 bases Yeast (simple fungi)15 x 10 6 bases Smallest human chromosome 50 x 10 6 bases Entire human genome 3 x 10 9 bases

21 Genetic Information Genome – the collection of genetic information. Chromosomes – storage units of genes. Gene – basic unit of genetic information. They determine the inherited characters.

22 Genes The DNA strings include: Coding regions (genes) –E. coli has ~4,000 genes –Yeast has ~6,000 genes –C. Elegans has ~13,000 genes –Humans have ~32,000 genes Control regions –These typically are adjacent to the genes –They determine when a gene should be expressed Junk DNA (unknown function - ~90% of the DNA in humans chromosomes)

23 The Cell All cells of an organism contain the same DNA content (and the same genes) yet there is a variety of cell types.

24 Example: Tissues in Stomach How is this variety encoded and expressed ?

25 Central Dogma Transcription mRNA Translation Protein Gene cells express different subset of the genes In different tissues and under different conditions שעתוק תרגום

26 Transcription Coding sequences can be transcribed to RNA RNA –Similar to DNA, slightly different nucleotides: different backbone –Uracil (U) instead of Thymine (T) Source: Mathews & van Holde

27 Transcription: RNA Editing Exons hold information, they are more stable during evolution. This process takes place in the nucleus. The mRNA molecules diffuse through the nucleus membrane to the outer cell plasma. 1.Transcribe to RNA 2.Eliminate introns 3.Splice (connect) exons * Alternative splicing exists

28 RNA roles Messenger RNA (mRNA) –Encodes protein sequences. Each three nucleotide acids translate to an amino acid (the protein building block). Transfer RNA (tRNA) –Decodes the mRNA molecules to amino-acids. It connects to the mRNA with one side and holds the appropriate amino acid on its other side. Ribosomal RNA (rRNA) –Part of the ribosome, a machine for translating mRNA to proteins. It catalyzes (like enzymes) the reaction that attaches the hanging amino acid from the tRNA to the amino acid chain being created....

29 Translation Translation is mediated by the ribosome Ribosome is a complex of protein & rRNA molecules The ribosome attaches to the mRNA at a translation initiation site Then ribosome moves along the mRNA sequence and in the process constructs a sequence of amino acids (polypeptide) which is released and folds into a protein.

30 Genetic Code There are 20 amino acids from which proteins are build.

31 Protein Structure Proteins are poly- peptides of amino-acids This structure is (mostly) determined by the sequence of amino-acids that make up the protein

32 Protein Structure

33 Evolution Related organisms have similar DNA –Similarity in sequences of proteins –Similarity in organization of genes along the chromosomes Evolution plays a major role in biology –Many mechanisms are shared across a wide range of organisms –During the course of evolution existing components are adapted for new functions

34 Evolution Evolution of new organisms is driven by Diversity –Different individuals carry different variants of the same basic blue print Mutations –The DNA sequence can be changed due to single base changes, deletion/insertion of DNA segments, etc. Selection bias

35 The Tree of Life Source: Alberts et al

36 Example of a graph theoretic problem related to evolution trees: the perfect phylogeny problem

37 Characters in Species A (discrete) character is a property which distinguishes between species (e.g. dental structure, a certain gene) A characters state is a value of the character (human dental structure). Problem: Given set of species, specified by their characters, reconstruct their evolutionary tree.

38 Species Vertices Characters Colorings States Colors Evolutionary tree A tree with many colorings, containing the given vertices = No teeth = teeth A B C D

39 Another tree Which tree is more reasonable? = No teeth = teeth A B C D

40 Evolutionary trees should avoid reversal transitions A species regains a state its direct ancestor has lost. Famous (and rare) examples: –Teeth in birds. –Legs in snakes.

41 Evolutionary trees should avoid convergence transitions Two species possess the same state while their least common ancestor possesses a different state. Famous example: The marsupials.


43 Common Assumption: Characters with Reversal or Convergent transitions are highly unlikely in the Evolutionary Tree A character that exhibits neither reversals nor convergence is denoted homoplasy free.

44 A character is Homoplasy Free The corresponding coloring is convex (each color induces a connected subtree)

45 A partial coloring is convex if it can be completed to a (total) convex coloring

46 The Perfect Phylogeny Problem Input: a set of species, and many characters, each assign states (colors) to the species. Question: is there a tree T containing the species as vertices, in which all the characters (colorings) are convex?

47 Input: Some colorings (C 1,…,C k ) of a set of vertices (in the example: 3 colorings: left, center, right, each by (the same) two colors). Problem: Is there a tree T which includes these vertices, s.t. (T,C i ) is convex for i=1,…,k? RBRRBRRRR BBRRRB The Perfect Phylogeny Problem (combinatorial setting) NP-Hard In general, in P for some special cases

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