PromoterCAD: data-driven design of plant regulatory DNA

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Abstract

Synthetic promoters can control the timing, location and amount of gene expression for any organism. PromoterCAD is a web application for designing synthetic promoters with altered transcriptional regulation. We use a data-first approach, using published high-throughput expression and motif data from forArabidopsis thalianato guide DNA design. We demonstrate data mining tools for finding motifs related to circadian oscillations and tissue-specific expression patterns. PromoterCAD is built on the LinkData open platform for data publication and rapid web application development, allowing new data to be easily added, and the source code modified to add new functionality. PromoterCAD URL:http://promotercad.org. LinkData URL:http://linkdata.org.

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