UTRome: a platform for 3'UTR biology in C. elegans
The 3'UTRome is an open-access database funded by the National Instute of General Medical Sciences that provides a rich and comprehensive resource for 3'UTR biology in C. elegans. 3'UTRs are important portions of mRNAs required for post-transcriptional regulation by interacting with proteins or non-coding RNAs (e.g. microRNAs). To study the role of 3'UTRs we are building a 3'UTR database for C. elegans.
The UTRome.org database is intended as a comprehensive resource for 3'UTR biology in C. elegans. The database provides detailed information on 3'UTR structures and alternative polyadenylation for all protein-coding mRNAs, and includes annotations extracted from other databases (such as WormBase and PicTar) as well as new annotations generated by others.
Examples of functional elements within 3'UTRs include predicted and validated microRNA (miRNA) binding sites (responsible for post-transcriptional gene regulation), putative consensus signals for polyA addition, and predicted secondary structures (which may influence the biological activity of 3'UTRs).