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**Computational Genomics Lecture #3a**

Multiple sequence alignment Background Readings: Chapters 2.5, 2.7 in the text book, Biological Sequence Analysis, Durbin et al., 2001. Chapters , in Introduction to Computational Molecular Biology, Setubal and Meidanis, 1997. Chapter 15 in Gusfield’s book. p. 81 in Kanehisa’s book Much of this class has been edited from Nir Friedman’s lecture which is available at Changes made by Dan Geiger, then Shlomo Moran, and finally Benny Chor.

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**Ladies and Gentlemen Boys and Girls the holy grail Multiple Sequence Alignment**

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**Multiple Sequence Alignment**

S1=AGGTC Possible alignment A - T G C S2=GTTCG S3=TGAAC Possible alignment A G - T C

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**Multiple Sequence Alignment**

Aligning more than two sequences. Definition: Given strings S1, S2, …,Sk a multiple (global) alignment map them to strings S’1, S’2, …,S’k that may contain blanks, where: |S’1|= |S’2|=…= |S’k| The removal of spaces from S’i leaves Si

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Multiple alignments We use a matrix to represent the alignment of k sequences, K=(x1,...,xk). We assume no columns consists solely of blanks. The common scoring functions give a score to each column, and set: score(K)= ∑i score(column(i)) x1 x2 x3 x4 M Q _ I L R - K P V For k=10, a scoring function has 2k -1 > 1000 entries to specify. The scoring function is symmetric - the order of arguments need not matter: score(I,_,I,V) = score(_,I,I,V).

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**SUM OF PAIRS M Q _ I L R - K P V**

A common scoring function is SP – sum of scores of the projected pairwise alignments: SPscore(K)=∑i<j score(xi,xj). M Q _ I L R - K P V Note that we need to specify the score(-,-) because a column may have several blanks (as long as not all entries are blanks). In order for this score to be written as ∑i score(column(i)), we set score(-,-) = 0. Why ? Because these entries appear in the sum of columns but not in the sum of projected pairwise alignments (lines).

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**SUM OF PAIRS M Q _ I L R - K P V**

Definition: The sum-of-pairs (SP) value for a multiple global alignment A of k strings is the sum of the values of all projected pairwise alignments induced by A where the pairwise alignment function score(xi,xj) is additive. M Q _ I L R - K P V

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**Example Consider the following alignment: a c - c d b - 3 3 +4**

- c - a d b d = 12 a - b c d a d Using the edit distance and for , this alignment has a SP value of

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**Multiple Sequence Alignment**

Given k strings of length n, there is a natural generalization of the dynamic programming algorithm that finds an alignment that maximizes SP-score(K) = ∑i<j score(xi,xj). Instead of a 2-dimensional table, we now have a k-dimensional table to fill. For each vector i =(i1,..,ik), compute an optimal multiple alignment for the k prefix sequences x1(1,..,i1),...,xk(1,..,ik). The adjacent entries are those that differ in their index by one or zero. Each entry depends on 2k-1 adjacent entries.

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**The idea via K=2 V[i,j] V[i+1,j] V[i,j+1] V[i+1,j+1]**

Recall the notation: and the following recurrence for V: V[i,j] V[i+1,j] V[i,j+1] V[i+1,j+1] Note that the new cell index (i+1,j+1) differs from previous indices by one of 2k-1 non-zero binary vectors (1,1), (1,0), (0,1).

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**Multiple Sequence Alignment**

Given k strings of length n, there is a generalization of the dynamic programming algorithm that finds an optimal SP alignment. Computational Cost: Instead of a 2-dimensional table we now have a k-dimensional table to fill. Each dimension’s size is n+1. Each entry depends on 2k-1 adjacent entries. Number of evaluations of scoring function : O(2knk)

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**Complexity of the DP approach**

Number of cells nk. Number of adjacent cells O(2k). Computation of SP score for each column(i,b) is o(k2) Total run time is O(k22knk) which is totally unacceptable ! Maybe one can do better?

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But MSA is Intractable Not much hope for a polynomial algorithm because the problem has been shown to be NP complete (proof is quite Tricky and recent. Some previous proofs were bogus). Look at Isaac Elias presentation of NP completeness proof. Need heuristic or approximation to reduce time.

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**Multiple Sequence Alignment – Approximation Algorithm**

Now we will see an O(k2n2) multiple alignment algorithm for the SP-score that approximate the optimal solution’s score by a factor of at most 2(1-1/k) < 2.

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**Star-score(K) = ∑j>0score(S1,Sj).**

Star Alignments Rather then summing up all pairwise alignments, select a fixed sequence S1 as a center, and set Star-score(K) = ∑j>0score(S1,Sj). The algorithm to find optimal alignment: at each step, add another sequence aligned with S1, keeping old gaps and possibly adding new ones (i.e. keeping old alignment intact).

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**Multiple Sequence Alignment – Approximation Algorithm**

Polynomial time algorithm: assumption: the function δ is a distance function: (triangle inequality) Let D(S,T) be the value of the minimum global alignment between S and T.

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**Multiple Sequence Alignment – Approximation Algorithm (cont.)**

Polynomial time algorithm: The input is a set Γ of k strings Si. 1. Find “center string” S1 that minimizes 2. Call the remaining strings S2, …,Sk. 3. Add a string to the multiple alignment that initially contains only S1 as follows: Suppose S1, …,Si-1 are already aligned as S’1, …,S’i-1. Add Si by running dynamic programming algorithm on S’1 and Si to produce S’’1 and S’i. Adjust S’2, …,S’i-1 by adding gaps to those columns where gaps were added to get S’’1 from S’1. Replace S’1 by S’’1.

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**Multiple Sequence Alignment – Approximation Algorithm (cont.)**

Time analysis: Choosing S1 – running dynamic programming algorithm times – O(k2n2) When Si is added to the multiple alignment, the length of S1 is at most i* n, so the time to add all k strings is

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**Multiple Sequence Alignment – Approximation Algorithm (cont.)**

Performance analysis: M - The alignment produced by this algorithm. d(i,j) - the distance M induces on the pair Si,Sj. M* - optimal alignment. For all i, d(1,i)=D(S1,Si) (we performed optimal alignment between S’1 and Si and )

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**Multiple Sequence Alignment – Approximation Algorithm (cont.)**

Performance analysis: Triangle inequality Definition of S1

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**Multiple Sequence Alignment – Approximation Algorithm**

Algorithm relies heavily on scoring function being a distance. It produced an alignment whose SP score is at most twice the minimum. What if scoring function was similarity? Can we get an efficient algorithm whose score is half the maximum? Third of maximum? … We dunno !

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Tree Alignments Assume that there is a tree T=(V,E) whose leaves are the input sequences. Want to associate a sequence in each internal node. Tree-score(K) = ∑(i,j)Escore(xi,xj). Finding the optimal assignment of sequences to the internal nodes is NP Hard. We will meet this problem again in the study of phylogenetic trees (it is related to the parsimony problem).

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**Multiple Sequence Alignment Heuristics**

Example - 4 sequences A, B, C, D. A. B D A C A B C D Perform all 6 pair wise alignments. Find scores. Build a “similarity tree”. distant similar B. Multiple alignment following the tree from A. B Align most similar pairs allowing gaps to optimize alignment. D A Align the next most similar pair. C Now, “align the alignments”, introducing gaps if necessary to optimize alignment of (BD) with (AC).

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**(modified from Speed’s ppt presentation, see p. 81 in Kanehisa’s book)**

The tree-based progressive method for multiple sequence alignment, used in practice (Clustal) (a) a tree (dendrogram) obtained by “cluster analysis” (b) pairwise alignment of sequences’ alignments. (a) (b) L W R D G R G A L Q L W R G G R G A A Q D W R - G R T A S G DEHUG3 DEPGG3 DEBYG3 DEZYG3 DEBSGF L R R - A R T A S A L - R G A R A A A E (modified from Speed’s ppt presentation, see p. 81 in Kanehisa’s book)

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**Visualization of Alignment**

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