ESSA is an integrated and interactive computer tool for analysing RNA secondary structure. This computer program is organized around the display of folding models produced by two complementary methods suitable to draw long RNA molecules. Any feature of interest can be managed directly on the display and highlighted by a rich combination of colours and symbols with emphasis given to structural probe accessibilities. ESSA also includes a word searching procedure allowing easy visual identification of structural features even complex and degenerated. Analysis functions make it possible to calculate the thermodynamic stability of any part of a folding using several models and compare homologous aligned RNA both in primary and secondary structure. The predictive capacities of ESSA which brings together the experimental, thermodynamic and comparative methods, are increased by coupling it with a program dedicated to RNA folding prediction based on constraints management and propagation. The potentialities of ESSA are illustrated by the identification of a possible tertiary motif in the LSU rRNA and the visualization of a pseudoknot in S15 mRNA.
Farid Chetouani, et. cl.
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F. Chetouani, P. Monestié, P. Thébault, C. Gaspin and B. Michot
ESSA: an integrated and interactive computer tool for analysing RNA secondary structure
Nucl. Acids Res. (1997) 25 (17):