miRseqViewer: multi-panel visualization of sequence, structure and expression for analysis of microRNA sequencing data

Bioinformatics. 2015 Feb 15;31(4):596-8. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btu676. Epub 2014 Oct 15.


Summary: Deep sequencing of small RNAs has become a routine process in recent years, but no dedicated viewer is as yet available to explore the sequence features simultaneously along with secondary structure and gene expression of microRNA (miRNA). We present a highly interactive application that visualizes the sequence alignment, secondary structure and normalized read counts in synchronous multipanel windows. This helps users to easily examine the relationships between the structure of precursor and the sequences and abundance of final products and thereby will facilitate the studies on miRNA biogenesis and regulation. The project manager handles multiple samples of multiple groups. The read alignment is imported in BAM file format. Implemented features comprise sorting, zooming, highlighting, editing, filtering, saving, exporting, etc. Currently, miRseqViewer supports 84 organisms whose annotation is available at miRBase.

Availability and implementation: miRseqViewer, implemented in Java, is available at https://github.com/insoo078/mirseqviewer or at http://msv.kobic.re.kr.

Contact: sanghyuk@ewha.ac.kr.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Computational Biology / methods*
  • Computer Graphics*
  • Databases, Nucleic Acid*
  • High-Throughput Nucleotide Sequencing
  • Humans
  • MicroRNAs / genetics*
  • Sequence Alignment
  • Sequence Analysis, RNA / methods*
  • Software*


  • MicroRNAs