Question: Motif prediction with MEME
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3.5 years ago by
arunprasanna8340 wrote:


I am trying to do motif discovery for ~22000 promoter sequences each with length 1000 bp. I have a local installation of MEME. I tried to account -maxw with 23000000, but MEME exits without any warning. Can you give idea about how to run these sequences ? Also can anyone explain me about how to choose -nmotifs value ?

Thanks in advance,


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ADD COMMENTlink written 3.5 years ago by arunprasanna8340

That length is very large and wouldn't really give you any use-able information anyway. I suggest you cut down the length to about -50/+50 from the TSS or -100/+100 or something much smaller.

You may also give DREME a shot since it's supposed to be used on larger datasets. HOMER has a function to find motifs at promoters as well that is generally pretty good.

ADD REPLYlink written 3.5 years ago by Sinji3.0k

Hi, Thanks for your reply. What if, I divide 22k sequences in 22 batches with 1000 sequences each ? Will the predictions differ in each batch due to background sequence composition effect ? Also, how do people decide on nmotifs ? i.e number of motif to find in sequence ? In literature people show the values to be 3 or 5 but can't find the logic.

ADD REPLYlink modified 3.5 years ago • written 3.5 years ago by arunprasanna8340
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