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Non-Coding RNA 2017, 3(1), 13; doi:10.3390/ncrna3010013

MicroRNA MultiTool: A Software for Identifying Modified and Unmodified Human microRNA Using Mass Spectrometry

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC 27402, USA
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Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC 27402, USA
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Academic Editors: Jian-Hua Yang and Liang-Hu Qu
Received: 31 December 2016 / Revised: 10 March 2017 / Accepted: 10 March 2017 / Published: 16 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bioinformatics Softwares and Databases for Non-Coding RNA Research)
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microRNA (miRNA) are short endogenous non-coding RNA that play a crucial role in post-transcriptional gene regulation and have been implicated in the initiation and progression of 160+ human diseases. Excellent analytical methods have been developed for the measurement of miRNA by mass spectrometry. However, interpretation of mass spectrometric data has been an incapacitating bottleneck in miRNA identification. This study details the development of MicroRNA MultiTool, a software for the identification of miRNA from mass spectrometric data. The software includes capabilities such as miRNA search and mass calculator, modified miRNA mass calculator, and miRNA fragment search. MicroRNA MultiTool bridges the gap between experimental data and identification of miRNA by providing a rapid means of mass spectrometric data interpretation. View Full-Text
Keywords: microRNA; MicroRNA MultiTool; modification; RNA modification; mass spectrometry microRNA; MicroRNA MultiTool; modification; RNA modification; mass spectrometry
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Cui, Z.; Chiu, N.H.L.; Wambua, D.M. MicroRNA MultiTool: A Software for Identifying Modified and Unmodified Human microRNA Using Mass Spectrometry. Non-Coding RNA 2017, 3, 13.

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