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Volume 33, Number 2, June 2000

Online identification of viruses

A.S. Kolaskar, P.S. Naik
Bioinformatics Centre, University of Pune, India



A computerized animal virus information system is developed in the Sequence Retrieval System (SRS) format. This database is available on the Word Wide Web (WWW) at the site +.html. The database has been used to generate large number of identification matrices for each family. The software is developed in C.Unix shell scripts and Hypertext Marked-up Language (HTML) to assign the family to an unknown virus deterministically and to identify the virus probabilistically. It has been shown that such web based virus identification approach provides results with high confidence in those cases where identification matrix uses large number of independent characters. Protein sequence data for animal viruses have been analyzed and oligopeptides specific to each virus family and also specific to each virus species are identified for several viruses. These peptides thus could be used to identify the virus and to assign the virus family with high confidence showing the usefulness of sequence data in virus identification.


J Microbiol Immunol Infect 2000;33:69-78.