Yesprit and Yeaseq: Applications for designing primers and browsing sequences for research using the four Schizosaccharomyces species

Yeast. 2021 Nov;38(11):583-591. doi: 10.1002/yea.3660. Epub 2021 Jul 24.

Abstract

The polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based gene targeting method, which can delete a specific gene or introduce tags, has been widely utilized to study gene function in fission yeast. One of the critical steps in this method is to design primers for amplifying DNA fragments of deletion or tagging modules and for checking the integration of those DNA fragments at designated loci. Although the primer design tool Pombe PCR Primer Program (PPPP) is available for Schizosaccharomyces pombe, there is no such publicly available application for the other three fission yeast species, S. cryophilus, S. japonicus, and S. octosporus. Likewise, no application enabling DNA/protein sequence retrieval for these three fission yeast species is available either. Therefore, access to such functionality would substantially assist in retrieval of gene sequences of interest and primer design in these fission yeast species. In this report, we describe two applications for fission yeast study: Yesprit and Yeaseq. Yesprit is a primer design tool for strain construction using the PCR-based method, and Yeaseq is a sequence viewer that can acquire the DNA/protein sequences of specific genes. Both tools can be run on the Windows, macOS, and Linux platforms. We believe that the Yesprit and Yeaseq will facilitate research using the four fission yeast species.

Keywords: PCR-based gene targeting; fission yeast; primer design tool; sequence viewer.