Question: Pros and Cons of HMMER versus BLAST
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4.4 years ago by
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rwn440 wrote:

Hello everyone,

I'm searching a set of bacterial proteomes for a family of genes that undergo frequent HGT and domain restructuring, such that homologs in closely related species may appear quite divergent. My intuition tells me that a profile hidden Markov model approach such as HMMER3 may be better than using standard BLAST-based pipelines. I understand that BLAST is a heuristic searching tool whereas HMMER scores matches using a formal probabilistic basis, which has its advantages in terms of reproducibility, but I was wondering if anyone was able to tell me what other advantages / disadvantages may exist between the two methods? And if there are specific types of analyses where one method has clear advantages over the other? Any links to references etc. would also be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

ADD COMMENTlink modified 4.4 years ago by Renesh1.5k • written 4.4 years ago by rwn440
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Renesh1.5k wrote:

HMMER is mainly used for the finding the domain structure represented in the protein sequence. This can be useful over blast to find conserved remote homologs in your protein sequences. If your study has evolutionary significance, then you should go for HMMER over blast.

ADD COMMENTlink written 4.4 years ago by Renesh1.5k

Related to your remark about evolutionary significance: how would you comment on an implementation of HMMer instead of blast for all-vs-all blast approaches? (Used for instance in gene-family identification tools like OrthoMCL, or in synteny tools like MCScan?)

ADD REPLYlink modified 4.4 years ago • written 4.4 years ago by rens.holmer10

Thanks for the info PyPerl, much appreciated

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