TAPIR, a web server for the prediction of plant microRNA targets, including target mimics

Bioinformatics. 2010 Jun 15;26(12):1566-8. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btq233. Epub 2010 Apr 28.


We present a new web server called TAPIR, designed for the prediction of plant microRNA targets. The server offers the possibility to search for plant miRNA targets using a fast and a precise algorithm. The precise option is much slower but guarantees to find less perfectly paired miRNA-target duplexes. Furthermore, the precise option allows the prediction of target mimics, which are characterized by a miRNA-target duplex having a large loop, making them undetectable by traditional tools.

Availability: The TAPIR web server can be accessed at: http://bioinformatics.psb.ugent.be/webtools/tapir.

Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biomimetics
  • Internet
  • MicroRNAs / chemistry*
  • RNA, Plant / chemistry*
  • Sequence Analysis, RNA / methods
  • Software*


  • MicroRNAs
  • RNA, Plant