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AmiRzyn: PERL Centered Artificial MicroRNA Designing Aid

Author Affiliations

  • 1nterdisciplinary Research Centre, Malankara Catholic College, Mariagiri, Kaliakkavilai- 629 153, Tamil Nadu, INDIA
  • 2Department of Bioinformatics, Malankara Catholic College, Mariagiri, Kaliakkavilai- 629 153, Tamil Nadu, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 1, Issue (5), Pages 18-23, September,10 (2012)


RNA interference, a gene knock down tool has become a promising technology for researchers. Gene silencing, can be fastened by the process of designing small non- coding RNAs through computational tools. One of the current advancement in this field is artificial microRNA. It exploits the backbone of a miRNA for designing siRNA. The endogenous nature of the miRNA provides more success to this technology. In the current study, a tool named Amirzyn was developed for designing artificial microRNA using PERL language, which is very powerful in string manipulations. The tool facilitates the user to input their DNA sequences and by means of pre- defined parameters, the possible siRNA sequences are predicted as output. Possibilities of occurrence of off- target effects are verified by performing BLAST comparison. For amiRNA designing, AmiRzyn permits the specification of restriction site and miRNA backbone of user’s requirement, in addition to the predicted siRNA sequence as the input. AmiRzyn serves as a promising aid for researchers, in the field of gene silencing, to design artificial microRNAs.


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