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In Genes

Accumulating evidence indicates that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have certain similarities with messenger RNAs (mRNAs) and are associated with numerous important biological processes, thereby demanding methods to distinguish them. Based on machine learning algorithms, a variety of methods are developed to identify lncRNAs, providing significant basic data support for subsequent studies. However, many tools lack certain scalability, versatility and balance, and some tools rely on genome sequence and annotation. In this paper, we propose a convenient and accurate tool "PreLnc", which uses high-confidence lncRNA and mRNA transcripts to build prediction models through feature selection and classifiers. The false discovery rate (FDR) adjusted P-value and Z-value were used for analyzing the tri-nucleotide composition of transcripts of different species. Conclusions can be drawn from the experiment that there were significant differences in RNA transcripts among plants, which may be related to evolutionary conservation and the fact that plants are under evolutionary pressure for a longer time than animals. Combining with the Pearson correlation coefficient, we use the incremental feature selection (IFS) method and the comparison of multiple classifiers to build the model. Finally, the balanced random forest was used to construct the classifier, and PreLnc obtained 91.09% accuracy for 349,186 transcripts of animals and plants. In addition, by comparing standard performance measurements, PreLnc performed better than other prediction tools.

Cao Lei, Wang Yupeng, Bi Changwei, Ye Qiaolin, Yin Tongming, Ye Ning


feature selection, lncRNA, prediction, tri-nucleotide