Re-annotation of the maize oligonucleotide array


The microarray technology has become an established approach for large-scale gene expression analysis with mature protocols for sample, microarray, and data processing. The maize oligonucleotide array (maizearray) is one of the few microarray platforms designed for genome-wide gene expression analysis in Zea mays L. Many datasets addressing various genetic, physiological and developmental topics generated with this platform are available. The original 57,452 microarray probes were compiled based on expressed sequence tags (ESTs). Meanwhile the maize genome sequence became available providing the possibility for an improved annotation of the microarray probe set. In this study we determined the genome positions of all maize array probes to obtain current gene annotations and generated current Gene Ontology (GO) annotations. These new data allow tracing redundancy of the probe set and interfering cross-hybridizations, and doubled the number of genes with functional GO data. Our re-annotation will largely improve the functional analysis of available and future datasets generated on this microarray platform.


maize oligonucleotide array, microarray, annotation

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Maydica - A journal devoted to maize and allied species

ISSN: 2279-8013