Fast and robust multiple sequence alignment with phylogeny-aware gap placement
Department of Computer Science, ETH Zürich, Universitätstrasse, Switzerland
Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland
BMC Bioinformatics 2012, 13:129 doi:10.1186/1471-2105-13-129Published: 13 June 2012
ProGraphMSA is a state-of-the-art multiple sequence alignment tool which produces phylogenetically sensible gap patterns while maintaining robustness by allowing alternative splicings and errors in the branching pattern of the guide tree.
This is achieved by incorporating a graph-based sequence representation combined with the advantages of the phylogeny-aware gap placement algorithm of Prank. Further, we account for variations in the substitution pattern by implementing context-specific profiles as in CS-Blast and by estimating amino acid frequencies from input data.
ProGraphMSA shows good performance and competitive execution times in various benchmarks.